It seemed so simple when I thought about it, a workbench seemed like the perfect place to start my woodworking hobby, then from there I can easily figure out what tools I need to complete the job. As it turns out, you can’t exactly start with just a workbench. You need to get off the ground before you can get your hobby off the ground. First I really fussed over what type of bench I wanted to make. Well, that wasn’t very fruitful. I WANTED to make a bench that was 92” lon...
Step 1, now we’re really starting on our journey into woodworking. This is when I go, “Oh man. Power tools are super expensive, I think I’ll just stick to hand tools. Plus, that sounds incredibly fun and like a good opportunity to truly challenge myself.” Can you tell that I’m a newbie? What did I even get myself into. Well that was a comforting thought UNTIL I looked at the price of quality hand tools and the true difference between shoddy ones and good ones....
Anyone who read my intro will know, I know basically nothing about fine woodworking. Transferable skills I have is the ability to work a saw, a driver, a nail gun, and lift heavy things. What started with an 8 minute video on YouTube and was fueled by having just binge watched Parks and Rec (Ron Swanson anyone?) not 3 weeks prior, has culminated in a regular obsession with woodworking. I had a mild interest in it after watching Parks and Rec as well as Rick Offerman’s stand-up comedy, a...
Ok, maybe today will go a bit better than the last one? Had an Auction to go to Saturday, and refurbbed a couple items I picked up at it. Bench is cleared off, time to do a few dovetails? When last seen, i had these sawn. I picked up a candle the other day, waxed the saw blade, and made a couple more cuts. Then the chisels took over. That chisel came from the set I picked up at Aldis. It is about 5/16-3/8” wide. I’m banging through curly Maple with this chisel....
I really have cracked on today. A lot more done, or started, than I thought I would. So to clean all the parts. Following some advice from, Roger Bean, I’m trying pickling the parts in white vinegar. In a bucket Small parts first. This is left to pickle for two hours or so and then scrubbed with a brass wire brush.All the loose crud came off easily. The working surfaces came up like new and the rough cast was fine.I gave the whole lot a rinse in warm water and a dry. ...
First thing to do is strip this little beauty down to its component parts. The bolts out of the jaw that fell off. One mounting hole is clear in the vise body and the other contains the other half of the sheared jaw bolt That will need a little persuading out, later. The rotating base comes next My rotating base seems superior to the one I found a picture of in that it is two piece allowing a full 360 degree rotation of the vise. Next comes the separation o...
At the completion of every wood shop project, I like to take a step back, take a close look, and make a general assessment of the finished piece and the processes that went into making it. Did I make the right choices in design? Functionality? Structural integrity? Materials? Did I use the appropriate joinery and construction methods? Are there places where I took shortcuts or did sloppy work, maybe sacrificing good craftsmanship in the interest of haste? Are there some skills an...
I made my drawers after assembly for a better fit. I chose the more time consuming route and built flush-inset drawers with integral faces. 3/4” cherry fronts, 1/2” red oak sides, and 1/4” plywood bottoms. The final look is worth some added fuss. I don’t have the skill to execute hand cut dovetails, so the rabbet joints get pinned with cherry dowel for added strength and a nice visual contrast. It’s a bit of a compromise, but I prefer the look over machined dovetails and it only takes ...
This is my experiment incorporating Laser Engraving and Decoupaging in wooden surface. Arts & Crafts – DIY – ShuheiFujikura: Laser Engraving Logo / Decoupaging http://maker.shuheifujikura.com/2015/06/laser-engraving-logo-decoupaging.html
Why am I writing part 2.5 as opposed to part 3? Well,I wanted to take some time to point out several things that I may have insinuated and update some points. The article was not written to point out the mistakes of the fine woodworking, but to illustrate the inaccuracy of information. When the press writes up the information without writing about the complete picture, I am in no way trying to point a finger and yell ”Lk!”, but to say, why only show a glass half full? I simply became i...
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