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Blog series by NedB updated 71 days ago 11 parts 20050 reads 73 comments total

Part 1: Latest effort -Building a new bed

1832 days ago by NedB | 3 comments »

One of the main projects which I’ve done for literally everyone in my house, is to build their beds. They’re not fancy, but they hold up the mattresses and I guess that makes them successful. Recently my wife upgraded one of my son’s mattress from a twin to a full size, going from a loft style (no box spring) to one with a Box spring in the process. This mean that his Old bed frame which was half of a bunk which he and his older brother split into two mini lofts is now ou...

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Part 2: New Bed assembly complete

1771 days ago by NedB | 6 comments »

My wife updated our middle son’s bed from a twin on a ‘loft’ to a double bed awhile back. My work schedule kept me from finishing the bed until now. (couple of months of him sleeping on the box spring and mattress on the floor) Adam’s a football player, and still growing… so I decided to build it hefty. The legs are 2×6’s with 2×10’s for the rails (2×6’s glued and pocket screwed to them to hold the box spring). ...

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Part 3: Kitchen Island

1753 days ago by NedB | 8 comments »

Buddy of mine gave me a chunk of bowling alley earlier this year. I was going to make Something out of it, and my wife asked if I would make a rolling kitchen island to replace our kitchen table. It needed a little cleanup on the ends, and I lucked out, only barely nicking this nail with a router bit. The plan is for it to be counter height: I decided to do a decorative treatment on the ends of the rails, somewhat ‘greene and greene’ influenced, but just out o...

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Part 4: Bench top Router table: Done & Project posted

710 days ago by NedB | 5 comments »

Hi gang, Today I worked on building a router table for my shop. I eventually want to do a ‘norm’ style table, but for now I decided that a bench top unit will suffice. I only have 2.5 routers. A Porter Cable 690 VS, with one plunge and three fixed bases, a Ryobi 18v cordless, and the .5 is another Ryobi cordless unit which I suppose is more of a drywall saw. Awhile back I built a Newfangled Bench from the Fine WW plans, and being a tall guy, I’m going to use that to hol...

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Part 5: Lathe land updates

697 days ago by NedB | 2 comments »

Don’t know if you spotted this yesterday, but I ‘finished’ my wolverine clone and mounted it to the wall next to my lathe. today I decided to throw together a tool rack: quick, efficient and budget friendly (the PVC was $4) cut the pipe on the miter saw, at 22.5° so that shavings can be cleared out easily. the shelf was a left over leg from a bench I don’t have room for. Drilled pilot holes on the Drill press and that made putting the pipes up very eas...

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Part 6: small boxes WIP

691 days ago by NedB | 1 comment »

creativity sparks creativity of a different sort.

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Part 7: New Cross-cut Sled W.I.P.

600 days ago by NedB | 4 comments »

Hi gang, long time no post… I’ve been in and out of the shop lately, this week I’ve been working on another batch of cutting boards. THe last time I made boards back at the end of August, I found that on some of my boards, my cross cut sled was building in an uneven cut (out of square) when I was trimming for the flip/glue stage of the boards. My old sled was built about 8 years ago, and I”m sure the fence can be adjusted. I didn’t glue it down, just screwe...

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Part 8: end grain boards... lots of them

590 days ago by NedB | 23 comments »

I’m gearing up for the LOML and son to hit the craft show market in the spring. (my job conflicts, and they’re better salespeople). She wants at least 100 boards of various sizes on hand… here’s the latest batch. Not quite ‘done’ so I’m not posting a ‘project’ of them… that’s freshly after a single wiped on coat of mineral oil. I’ll give them all another session of sanding, then at least two more coats of oil before st...

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Part 9: several cherry and one butternut/walnut cutting board Start

584 days ago by NedB | 9 comments »

Joe Lyddon asked if I had another piece of butternut, and I found that i did… so I decided to take it through from rough lumber to a cutting board, and since I had the jointer out, I took some cherry along for the ride. butternut for joe That board had some serious cupping going on cherry boards, pretty darned rough…

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Part 10: Making a new set of adirondack chairs

423 days ago by NedB | 9 comments »

My wife hinted strongly the other day that a new set of adirondack chairs would be a nice addition to the back yard. Wood has a set of pretty easy plans in their most recent issue, so I picked up some 5/4 PT pine and have spent the weekend cutting all of the parts to size and then rounding over all of the parts that will get handled. In this case, that’s a pretty significant pile of pine, about 50-60 parts for the pair of chairs. I Might have enough wood for another chair, but honestly...

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Part 11: Boards galore- thoughts on production run quantities of work

71 days ago by NedB | 3 comments »

There are the strips for the latest two end grain boards I’ve been working on. Craft show season is upon us again, and my wife and I are tooling up for a big push now that the weather is nice enough that I can get out in the shop without frostbite setting in. I’ve been cranking out a bunch of smaller boards, plus a few of what I consider average size… roughly 10×12x1.25” or so… I’ve done ‘enough’ simple boards now that it has ...

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