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07-18-2015 02:36 AM

Planing Bowed Boards - 13 replies

I don’t now if this method has been posted before, but this is what I did. I had three 2×4’s that were bowed on the wide side, not the edges. Instead of throwing them in the trash, I decided to plane ‘em flat. I have done this before by gluing a piece of wood to each side, just as the board lay on the table. This tim...

06-24-2015 07:54 PM

Shop Helpers - 21 replies

I had some help in the shop today. We are building a toy box. Perfect timing so Bella could help with some of the gluing. She got her first experience at driving pocket screws, and did a god job. Her little hand just barely fits the handle to press the trigger. :-) She loves to clean up. And Bubba wanted to help also. :-) Maybe next year. ...

04-05-2015 05:26 PM

Good smells... - 6 replies

Coming from the kitchen! :-) The kids and their kids will be here shortly. Rain or no rain, it’s gonna be a good day. Did I mention my sweetie loves her new kitchen? Well, she does. Just in case you missed it, we remodeled our kitchen last year. Mike

03-28-2015 02:13 AM

Greg Little Woodworks Sighting - 6 replies

My wife and I went to the Bayou City Art Festival today in Memorial Park in Houston, Tx. Lots of very talented artists had their wares on display. It didn’t take me long to find Greg. He has a nice booth with some very nice sculpted boxes for sale. I enjoyed the opportunity to meet him and chew the fat for a few minutes. Here are ...

02-02-2015 08:51 PM

Gluing Up Panels From Short Stock - 8 replies

So there I was, sitting at the dining room table. I was looking at the table top and I see it is made from pieces of uneven lengths of wood about 2 – 2 1/2 inches wide. The ends are simple but joints. It does look good, and if you don’t pay close attention, you really won’t know it, or care for that matter. The pattern sorta re...

01-17-2015 10:21 PM

Hand Screw Clamp Mods - 12 replies

I saw this tip in a magazine and thought HMMM. This looks like it could be a big help to me in more ways than one. My last trip to Harbor Freight, I picked up a pair of the 12 inch handscrew clamps. I even had a 20% off coupon to apply to one of them. :-) Upon closer inspection, I realized my Kreg Klamp Track is too far in on the table to ...

12-10-2014 08:04 PM

Christmas came early! - 11 replies

Boy that was fast. Free shipping on ebay – 2 days. Incra 1000HD Miter Bar.

11-27-2014 07:33 PM

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone - 5 replies

I have a lot to be thankful for. A good wife, great kids (for the most part :-) ) And a dozen grandkids…and one great grandkid. I am thankful every day that my health is still fairly good after 65 years. Hope to see a few more turkeys in the coming years. Mike

10-22-2014 11:37 PM

What to do with a sink cutout? - 27 replies

The counter top for our kitchen will be installed in a few weeks. I asked the template guy if he was going to cut the sink opening on site or at their shop. He said on site. I said I wanted the cutout. After all, I paid for it, right? OK, so what am I going to do with a piece of 3/4 inch thick quartz (Silestone)? The sink is 33 inches wide x ...

09-21-2014 04:43 AM

DeWalt DW734 Thickness Stop?? - 17 replies

Just wondering if anyone has figured out how to set a stop for repeatable planing operations? My planer has 3/4 and 1/2 inch stops. I need to mill some 5/8 inch stock for the drawers I am building. I took a glance at the turret. It appears to be similar to the turret on my router. I sure would like the capability to set it at other thicknesse...

07-17-2014 03:13 AM

How to Cut Dadoes for Drawer Bottoms on the Table Saw - 6 replies

No, this is not a question. It is simply a description of my efforts to make dadoes for drawer bottoms. I am building 14 drawers which will have 1/4 inch bottoms using birch plywood from the big box store. I can’t remember where I read about using circular saw blades, but that is what I did and the results were great. I bought a pair...

06-21-2014 06:48 PM

What is this? - 23 replies

I am accepting guesses from the peanut gallery. :-) I will post the answer later.Mike

06-16-2014 07:23 PM

Milling rough lumber today - 1 reply

I am in the process of making some raised panel doors, drawer fronts and drawers from rough poplar. The finished cabinets are going to be painted. Well, some of the boards are somewhat crooked. So I came up with this idea which lets me cut the 10 footers into manageable pieces of about 48 inches. I guess I have been living under a rock and...

06-13-2014 03:54 AM

Face Frames! - 7 replies

These might not look like much but soon, a pile of kitchen cabinets will magically appear. :-) Tomorrow I will start gluing up panels for raised panel doors and milling drawer stock. Kitchen island.

06-11-2014 06:35 PM

The Operating Room! - 3 replies

Want to get screwed? You have come to the right place. :-)Welcome to my operating room. I am set up and building face frames for some kitchen cabinets.

06-10-2014 02:13 PM

Planer Stand - 15 replies

I am rethinking the design of my planer stand. It is a flip top cart and works great. But, it takes up too much room in my small workshop. The footprint is 30×30 inches. Any reduction in size will be a big help. Currently, I don’t have a tool on the flip side. I had even thought about buying the Dewalt stand designed for my planer ...

06-10-2014 04:20 AM

Eight Inch Joiner Fever! - 14 replies

Today, for the first time, I wished I had an eight inch joiner instead of a six. Several of the 4/4 rough poplar boards I had bought to build cabinet face frames were 6 inches or wider. :-( I guess I will just have to get over it because I really don’t have the room for an eight incher. Sure would be nice though. To get around the 6 ...

06-08-2014 11:16 PM

Raised Platform for Routing - 0 replies

Just another lazy Sunday afternoon in the South. :-) I had a couple of pieces of 1/2 inch plywood laminated with Formica that I needed to trim. So, after looking at my mobile workstation, I decided to make a raised platform for it. I needed it to be raised so the 1 inch flush trim bit would clear the worktable. Not much engineering on this...

06-08-2014 01:05 AM

Bondo! - 20 replies

Well, there I was, using my router to make a template so I could rout the recess for my new router plate. I let it get away from me in one corner and messed it up. Three perfect corners and one bad one. :-( Recently, I had purchased a can of Bondo All Purpose Putty so this was a good opportunity to test it out. I am not a paint and body guy s...

06-05-2014 09:26 PM

Our little helper - 10 replies

Our grandaughter came to visit today. She wanted to help grandpaw, so we had her stain some maple , birch and poplar samples. Love this kid. She is pretty fast with the wiping rag. :-)

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