pics to follow… my phone died and I’m still in the middle of things (came in to warm it up & get a charger cable). I’m finally getting to hanging my insulation out in the shop today. we’ve got temps in the 40’s finally… and while that’s not balmy to some, it is good enough for me. I picked up some lumbah for the project last week… but the thermometer kept reading just under 30°. That meant that IN the shop it would be about 20°. Today...
With the two side assemblies glued together, I can now check the fit of the ladder back. -----Once you get the armrests fit, everything else seems to come pretty easy on this project. -----Here is a look at the beveled through tenons in the armrest.-----A 1/4” dowel secures the mortise and tenon joint. This is a fairly deep hole, and is best drilled with a brad point bit. Test the fit of your dowel stock in a scrap board, as a snug fit is key here. Hopefully you have glued the armr...
In the last segment I explained a bit more about the process for creating the Mitered Dovetails. Using that process I continued to refine the fit by repeated dry fittings. A couple of words on dry fitting and dovetails. The more you fit those joints, the looser they become. I had heard this before. The reality is the more you fuss with it the worse things get. Eventually you need to gain enough confidence in your skills (both in the initial cutting and clearing of the joints and wha...
After taking a couple of days off from writing, I find it is time to get back to it. I was feeling a bit poorly this past weekend and I didn’t accomplish a great deal. I don’t get sick often, and I can’t even say if this was something that I would refer to ‘illness’ or perhaps it was just being tired. I have been going in a lot of directions at once lately and I needed to get a handle on things. I didn’t think writing about them would be interesting to ma...
Cross between a Bernoulli Spiral Clamp and a bench hook. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P67hyO2cAfo
I make some benches to be used with our kitchen table.A fun project that is not all that difficult. The benches turned out very sturdy and look great! Please watch and comment. Would love to hear what you all think. Thank you! http://youtu.be/nRKWt6uyClM Chris
So, it is time for my boys to get their own room. They are getting too big for their cribs, and I need to finish that spare bedroom for them so they can have their own space. We have a small cape cod home, originally 4 bedrooms when we moved in, but we made it 3, creating a master bedroom downstairs by combining the 2 smaller rooms. Upstairs there are 2 bedrooms, shaped like a plus symbol, and a small half bath (currently unusable as well). The bath will be a project for another day...
To those of you who are too closely following my blerg , you can see substantial progress in mymodifications so far to this $ 15 find from CL . Did some cutting and rearrangement as you cansee . Going to try this walnut top on it . Then I will start finishing the top . First I will start by rubbing in a mixture of whipped cream and crystallized sugar ,followed by six coats of shellac and some Mother’s Car Wax.Should be fine , more on that later , as time allows . Some cultural obse...
robcastle made mention of my blog and did some polishing on his Paper Towel Holder.I mentioned I’ve polished rough sawn material.I couldn’t find any photos, so out to the shop…I grabbed a piece of curly maple left over from a custom cane handle job that had a fairly rough surface. It even had some little shaving hairs sticking out. I spent a total of 4 minutes working part of the surface.In that 4 minutes I:1. Mounted the red polishing wheel.2. Rough polished with the ...
I finally managed to find the plan I have been looking for, so a new build from me will be featured soon, but to give you a heads up on what is coming, the Shop Notes Box Joint Jig. I finally found out what issue it is in… Vol 11, Issue #62, starting on Page 6. I figure once I get that squared away as it were, I can dig in and start the build for the shadow boxes I have been putting off…
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