I didn’t take many pictures as I just sort of got in the groove over the last few evenings. I received the new switch for my table saw, so I was back in business end of last week. I cut all the drawer parts and did the joinery. For basi...
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Location: Houston, TX
I've been slowly building my woodworking skills. I still consider myself an amateur, but maybe a semi-skilled amateur. I've been trying new projects to expand my skills and just generally liking the work.
I find woodworking to be relaxing and challenging at the same time. I'm an engineer by training and I like to consider myself a woodworker in the style of William Ng (who is amazing), applying my engineering mindset to the work without going overboard. I try to remember at the end of the day that wood is a wonderful, beautiful natural product and most of the fault I find in my pieces, no one else will ever notice.
I'm a huge fan of the styling of Greene & Greene, Stickley, Wright, etc. There is just something about these that appeal to me. Luckily, they are also my wife's favorites and she likes to see me start a project knowing she gets a new toy at the end.
I've been slowly building my tools as I go along. My workshop is half a two car garage and I constantly struggle to keep it fairly neat and keep the tools organized. I've been building some cabinets and rolling carts for some of the bigger tools and this has helped out.
At the moment, my shop consists of:
Steel City 10" 3HP table saw w/30" fence - not the best saw maybe, but it's more than acceptable.
Jessem mast-r-lift II router lift w/porter cable 7518 in a DIY extension wing I built for my TS.
Delta 6" jointer 37-190 (old, heavy, but it does make a smooth cut once it's adjusted)
Dewalt 734 Planer
Powermatic 14" bandsaw (great CL find and a huge improvement over the old 10" saw)
Powermatic benchtop Mortiser PM701
Dewalt 12" sliding compound miter (older but still works great)
Performax 16-32 plus drum sander (newest upgrade)
Ridgid Oscillating spindle sander
I have a small compliment of chisels, planes, sanding blocks, etc of varying quality
-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......
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Work has been crazy, so I haven’t made as much progress as I’d like. But I have gotten the drawer cabinet cases glued up on Friday. Yesterday, I laid out the positions of the drawer slides and installed the slide halves on the cases....
I went and picked up 3 sheets of 3/4 BB and one sheet of 1/2 BB from the local shop on Friday. Today I got out and broke down the ply sheets into rough sized parts using my Makita track saw (which I really like). I had everything cut to about 1/...
I’ve been using the assembly/outfeed table from my other blog series for a while now and have been loving the versatility of the table. I’m kicking off phase 2 of the garage/shop organization project by cleaning up the back corner. ...
So I’ve had the Performax 10-20 plus for a while and really liked it, but in the back of my head I’ve been sort of thinking a bigger one would be nice. I happened to be browsing CL and came across a guy selling a Performax 16-32 plus ...