|View CharlesA's:||home||workshop||projects (10)||blog (24)||reviews (20)||forum topics (132)||buddies (15)||favorites (57)||activity log|
|11-06-2015 07:12 PM||
Water on Oil - 9 replies
I keep hearing not to put a water-based finish on any kind of oil. Here’s some grain-filling advice from Charles Neil’s latest newsletter: I will rub a good oil, like Arm-R-Seal, into the pores after the color is applied. This mechanical push along with the thinner oil forces the oil into the pore. Rarely does one coat do it. Af...
|11-04-2015 09:28 PM||
Replacing table saw web wing with solid cast iron? - 11 replies
I have a 113 Craftsman table saw that serves me well. I am annoyed as to how small a window there is to use my magnetic feather board because of the webbed wings. I’ve been looking for used ones for a couple of years, but instead I’ve found a glut of other webbed wings. The sawstop wing is around $100 with free shipping. Pros and ...
|09-30-2015 05:25 PM||
The Golden Ratio: Design's Biggest Myth - 72 replies
uh oh (pretty much sums up my thoughts): http://www.fastcodesign.com/3044877/the-golden-ratio-designs-biggest-myth?
|09-23-2015 04:45 PM||
Working with Jatoba - 6 replies
I knew Jatoba was hard, but dang. I’ve cut 8/4 Jatoba on table saw and miter saw without a major problem, but I tried to use my mortiser, and I couldn’t get more and about 3/16” before it stall. I thought maybe I had set it up incorrectly, so I adjusted the bit down a bit, but still no luck. Then I put in a piece of cherry...
|09-03-2015 01:55 AM||
Something new in my woodworking--I broke a chisel - 44 replies
I’ve had a set of Irwin Marples Chisels for about 3 or 4 years. I was chopping some mortises in QSWO tonight, and all of a sudden, the blade was in two pieces, the break an almost perfect perpendicular. Any thoughts?
|09-02-2015 08:48 PM||
This wood good for anything? - 15 replies
My friend just had this tree cut down. She thinks it is crabapple. Got me. I know it is not much good for what I do, but is it good for anything woodworking related?
|08-31-2015 02:52 PM||
Now that I’ve had my dust collector in my small shop for awhile, I thought I’d share a few things that have been helpful to me. Your mileage may vary. I have the ubiquitous 2 hp Harbor Freight DC that I bought used off of ebay. My shop is setup with the workbench in the center of the room, tool and wood storage on the walls, and...
|08-29-2015 07:19 PM||
The pic shows a shape I’ve drawn. I’m trying to make a bowl using follow me, but I can’t get it recognize as a completed shape and have a face. I can make it a group or a component, but only as a collection of lines instead of a two dimensional object. Any tips?
|08-21-2015 07:07 PM||
Weight of premium planes - 15 replies
All of my planes are older Stanleys. When I’ve read about Lie-Neilson or Veritas or even Woodriver planes, I’ve read that they were modeled on the original Stanley designs. The other day I was killing time on vacation in VA and stopped at a Woodcraft while I waited on an airplane to arrive. I picked up the Woodriver no. 4 and was ...
|08-18-2015 01:19 PM||
What Design era are we in? - 29 replies
Here’s my impression: furniture has gone through many design trends, everything from Federal to Shaker to Arts and Crafts. Not all the furniture made during any era was done in these styles, but the styles made a significant impact. My impression is that the last great design phase was mid-century modern, oddly enough enjoying a renaiss...
|07-17-2015 04:12 PM||
Changing my Clothes - 36 replies
My workspace is not air conditioned. And now we are in the heat of summer, and I am sweating way too much. I’ve been wearing jeans and my favorite cotton polos this summer, but they have just been getting soaked through with sweat. I just made a change to a lightweight wicking fishing polo with a vented mesh back, and some older lightwe...
|07-06-2015 08:34 PM||
Mocking up an irregular part of a project - 7 replies
I’ve posted a few times about a couple of baptismal fonts I am building. Well, the bowls are finally done so I can make the wooden stands. Because these are custom bowls, they are slightly irregular. I have thought I might mock-up the bowls out of layers of foam insulation b/c I really don’t want to be using the, quite expensive, ...
|05-31-2015 04:08 PM||
Solar Power Experts: solar outlet in a shed - 4 replies
From what I can tell, my idea is not worth doing, but I thought I’d check in. We have a new (to us) 24v cordless lawn mower, and I store it in an unpowered shed. B&D recommends keeping it plugged in when not in use. Hmm. So, my wild idea was to install a solar panel with an outlet in the shed and keep the mower plugged in to it. ...
|05-10-2015 11:48 PM||
I decided to try Glen Huey’s technique for making tapered legs on a jointer. Video below. Now that I’ve done it, I have a couple of questions: 1) Taking off 3/8” on my old Davis/Wells jointer was a bit of an adventure. It seems plenty sharp for normal use, but I didn’t think to sharpen it before this. If anyone else h...
|05-07-2015 11:27 AM||
The perfect storm: Festool Track Saw + WoodPeckers - 13 replies
In case the price of a Festool Track Saw is not enough for you, you can now add a really expensive track guide system to the mix from Woodpeckers!
|05-02-2015 11:09 AM||
Adding weight to a piece - 12 replies
Ever need to add weight to a project to make it more stable? I made a full size model of a piece yesterday out of 2×4s. I wanted to add weight to the bottom to make it more stable. I got the bright idea of adding some big fishing lead sinkers to holes I drilled in each leg sealed with epoxy. Worked really well. However, I did a little read...
|05-01-2015 01:03 AM||
Mocking up with 2x4's/2x6's? - 5 replies
I’m designing a couple of projects that are made from 8/4 or 4/4 stock, but have some engineering challenges. I’ve made models in sketchup, butI’d like to see how they are in real life. I’m thinking of making a full-size model out of 2×4’s/6’s. I want to check things like balance and stability, so I wa...
|04-28-2015 01:24 PM||
Sketchup: How to draw four-sided curved legs? - 20 replies
Every once in a while I run into a sketchup issue that I can’t get my mind around, even though I am sure there is a simple answer. In this case I am looking to make a model that uses a four sided curved flared leg that matches exiting furniture. I can do two sides easily using push/pull. But push/pull won’t work on curved surfac...
|04-06-2015 01:56 PM||
Sofa/Couch Design that is not Arts and Crafts - 7 replies
After finishing my next three projects, I am considering building a couch/sofa for the den. Seems like 90% of the plans I’ve seen are for Arts and Crafts/Craftsman/Mission sofas. My wife does not like that style. I’m looking for a wooden frame design with cushions, not an internal frame that is upholstered. Have you seen any inte...
|04-01-2015 02:16 PM||
I have a sturdy, homemade SYP workbench. I have not taken time to put in drawers because I want to take time to make things I like. So, I have a simple shelf that works pretty well, except for one thing: sawdust, shavings, and chips go through the dog holes and get over everything on the shelf. With my improved dust collection, the only surf...