[Above] After the movable stop is on the bar, insert a piece of 1/4 in. dowel into the hole at the end of the bar. This keeps the head from sliding off. The dowel can be glued in, but if it is snug, you may want to leave it be. If left remov...
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Location: Sussex County, New Jersey
I guess I've been seriously interested in woodworking since about 2011. Before that I did a few projects with handheld (corded) tools. I bought a small table saw and have since added a bench top band saw and drill press. I think my biggest triumph was a mountain dulcimer and case that I made for my wife. It definitely looks original and it works quite well.
I'm interested in small projects, nothing bigger than a table and I like dabbling in lutherie (I have plans and ideas.) Whirligigs are another thing I like to make. My first two now decorate our yard, a fiddler who bows and stamps out the rhythm, and a parakeet who vainly beats his wings. I have a few more in progress for friends. (best way to learn is to make giveaways, right?)
My 'workshop' is an approximately 13x13 foot space in our basement. Unfortunately it's also the access way to our laundry room and the outside. I've been organizing things, but in the meantime I get projects done. In the summer I sometimes adopt our patio under a shade tent to do much of the sanding or larger projects like the trio of Adirondack chairs ala Norm Abram.
Background: I was a printer for 13 years on small offset and letter presses in a local mom and pop shop. When my daughter came along we decided that I'd stay home as the caregiver as my wife's work benefits and salary were better than mine. I'm now lightly employed as a sexton in our church though if the right part time job popped up I'd take it.
I also translate many of my Lumberjocks projects into Esperanto and post them on a Wordpress blog here:
Sometimes I post them in Esperanto before I post them here.
-- Ni faru ion el ligno!
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|commented on||Building Dave's Bar Clamp #1: Supplies and cutting||09-28-2016 11:11 AM|
|added blog entry||Building Dave's Bar Clamp #5: Finishing the jaw||09-28-2016 11:01 AM|
|added blog entry||Building Dave's Bar Clamp #4: The Bar||09-28-2016 10:59 AM|
|added blog entry||Building Dave's Bar Clamp #3: The Jaw||09-28-2016 10:57 AM|
|added blog entry||Building Dave's Bar Clamp #2: The fixed head||09-28-2016 10:54 AM|
|commented on||Dave's 24 inch bar clamps||09-28-2016 10:23 AM|
|added blog entry||Building Dave's Bar Clamp #1: Supplies and cutting||09-28-2016 10:19 AM|
|commented on||Dave's 24 inch bar clamps||09-28-2016 01:15 AM|
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|added project||Dave's 24 inch bar clamps||09-27-2016 11:25 PM|
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[Above] Cut the piece of flat steel into two lengths of 3.25 in. Use a file to blunt the edges and round the corners a bit. [Above] mark a point about 3/8 in. in from each end, centering it on the steel. Drill a 1/4 in. hole at thes...
[Above] And here’s me forgetting to photograph steps, but it’s OK. Advance the threaded rod a few inches. Put the jaw half with the through-hole on the bar and with the rod through it. Put a washer on the rod and into th...
[Above] Now turn the bar over to expose the bottom side. Put both jaw pieces on the bar up against the head. Measure in 2 inch increments from the jaw pieces down the length of the bar. In reality one in increments is better, but itR...
[Above] Now take one of the 3 inch pieces and put it on the bar in front of the clamp head that you recently glued onto the bar. Mark the height of one of the side members of the head on the 3 inch piece. N.B. in this position the area above t...