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|733 days ago||
What to do with a "plank"? - 6 replies
In that stash of old lumber, there was a wide plank. I removed the nails, and the beveled edges to get it into my 12-1/2” planer. Board turned out to be White Oak (kind of wormy) and flat sawn to boot. I had cut this 8’ er into two pieces, about three feet each in length, I lost some of the 8’ in trimming the ends. I h...
|739 days ago||
Chair Repair (and a teaser) - 2 replies
Mom had a Dining Room chair in need of a little repair. One spindle had both tenons break off. “Can you fix this chair?” “I ‘ll see what I can turn up” I had a chunk of white oak in the shop, about 4×6. I figured I could rip off a slab to make a new spindle. I kept ripping because one never kno...
|763 days ago||
Just some old oaken rafters - 6 replies
and one can build about anything they want. Working on a Blanket Chest, ala Norm Abram. These old boards came from a garage that was torn down. The rafters seem to be mainly white oak. A look at where I’m at right now: and a look at the plan I’m working from, just a picture, but it’s about all I need: ah y...
|767 days ago||
Stranger in the shop? - 8 replies
Not sure what that red item is for…. The wood used to be an old rafter, I seem to have a nice pile of them. There is one tool in the shop that seems to get a lot of work these day: It’s got a steel wheel, and a tapered iron. The “blue” paint was put there by another “user”. Now, about that red h...
|787 days ago||
Table build ideas - 4 replies
I am in need of a new TV “table”. Lately, I’ve been going with a “Mission Style” for the tables I make. This time around, I do have a nice supply of Oak, with some Ash as well. The “Boss” want the TV to sit up fairly high, about 38”. TV is a flat screen, about 38” wide. Need t...
|808 days ago||
More reclaimed stuff - 8 replies
Cleaning up a pile from an old garage tear down. A 2×8 give me a few boards that I don’t know which tree it came from: A reddish pink, with a few white areas. That black streak is from the weathered (and wet) outside surface. Stuff tends to burn on the saw. Not a pine, way too hard for that. Here is the underside of a pane...
|808 days ago||
A work station - 0 replies
that table in the right side of the picture is an old table top sitting on a couple sawhorses. As you can see, it has a few power tools sitting on it. Another view. A lathe, a bandsaw, a drill press, a dual wheel bench grinder, and an old Monarch machinist’s vise. A four outlet plug is mounted in the center of the table, with a ...
|868 days ago||
rewire an air conditioner? - 16 replies
If possible. I have on hand a 220V unit (window) that I’d like to rewire down to 110V. Unit has one of the two prong (plus a ground prong) set-up for 220V. I don’t have an outlet available for the 220 plug.
|897 days ago||
Wormy Wood - 6 replies
I found an old 2×4 in the barn. Not sure of the wood type. Planes nice. NOT pine. A couple of pics: Maybe a Chestnut?
|933 days ago||
Raised panels ON the tablesaw? - 8 replies
At least that is the way I do them. I’ve been working on a Cedar Chest lately, and needed a few Shaker Style raised panels. After cutting the blanks to the right sizes ( the top panel is 3/4” wider) I set the blade height at about 1/2” above the table top. Set the fence over so that a “tongue” would be to t...
|936 days ago||
A restore project? - 1 reply
Maybe later on this summer. A Craftsman ( Emerson) 6-1/8” jointer needs some TLC to get back to work. Motor is fine. Infeed needs to be level back up, as it tilts down at the cutterhead. Like going downhill. Knives need worked of, “porkchop” needs a new spring. Depth adjustor is loose, won’t hold setting. ...
|940 days ago||
design a chest - 7 replies
using Aromatic Red Cedar. I’m looking to build one, since I have some 8/4 stock to mill down. I’m thinking a Frame & Panel , with a flat top. There would be a drawer in the bottom. The “trick” would be to make this look like a small chest of drawers. The chest’s top would add to the effect. ...
|959 days ago||
Chisel sharpening, my way - 7 replies
Went out to the shop, I had a new ($.97) belt for the sander to wear out. I set up the sander in my vise and ran the belt, getting it to stay on track. Once that was done, time to work on some chisels. I have an older Veritas honing guide, and set things up with that. Started up the sander by locking the the trigger “on”. ...
|972 days ago||
Look alikes? - 5 replies
While going through Lowes “Tool World” the other day, noticed the “new” P-C 12-1/2” planer. Hmm, looks just look my older Delta 12-1/2” planer, other than a different paint scheme. Checked out the spare blades, yep same as my planer blades. Since Lowes no longer sells the Delta version of that planer, ...
|1019 days ago||
Crate wood? - 4 replies
Back about 1990, some crates of EPDM rubber bales cane to where I worked. The company decided to try some from Brazil. These crates were made up of 3” wide, tongue&groove boards. Kind of a dull brown in colour. When the crates were empty, we were to just throw them out…..ah, I don’t think so. Anyway, some made t...
|1037 days ago||
Tablesaw needed a fence - 1 reply
While I have a regular tablesaw in the shop, I also have one of those “job-site” saws. During the course of several moves, the fence came up missing. I looked around for a fence to add on to the saw. I wound up making my own. Not that hard,really. I needed a cleat to register the fence, and a long straight section to gui...
|1038 days ago||
What to do..Drawers - 0 replies
Last installment. Drawers for this chest of drawers were milled from old trim boards. Just cleaned up pine. As I milled up the pieces, I sat each set in a drawer opening, making sure of the fit. Sides were joined at the back with a dado, the front was dovetailed. Dovetails were “roughed out with a router, and a homemade jig. ...
|1039 days ago||
What to do.. the top - 4 replies
Every case needs a top, of some sort. Over the years, I’ve tried some with all solid wood, and some solid edged plywood thingys. I keep going back to a frame to hold a thin plywood panel. I rest the panel in rabbets all around, and nail and glue it in place. Plywood won’t move ( much) and any movement of the solid wood frame...
|1040 days ago||
What to do, part two - 0 replies
Ah those web-frames. Built the way norm does, but with a simple addition. I add a kicker to each frame. Just another stick, glued and screwed near the middle of the frame. This way, the drawer below will not tip when you open it. Screws are counter-sunk, one each end. The bottom web-frame gets two such kickers. Down here, ...
|1041 days ago||
What to do? - 2 replies
When you have a nice big pile of barn wood? A project came up about a year ago. Involved about 5-6 drawers. Kind of tall. Not much money in the budget. I did have a nice pile of barn wood though A few cuts here and there And a frame of sorts appears. A few more to make some web’frames Then some assembly: Nex...