I tend to get excited about things and it’s in my nature to want to cover all my bases. This means I can go a little overboard sometimes. I was researching how to set up and tune my Harbor Freight jointer I got over the holidays (which I will review once I use it a little more) and came across a bunch of shim stock at Amazon. For less than $20 I got steel shim stock in .001”, .002”, .003”, .005”, .007”, and .010” thicknesses. I don’t lik...
Well, it’s been a painful blur of a winter, and spring is pretty much fixin’ to spring (maybe) here in northern Illinois, so it’s time to plan out all those projects I haven’t been able to do all winter: So here’s the usual list that I’d LIKE to get to…but money and time are always bigger factors than my desire. Given my druthers, I’d complete MORE than this list…but that caveat aside, here’s my list for 2011: My massive all-weather outdoor Roubo Workbench. 1...
When I first started my bucket list, I had planned on making a cabinet based work bench well every good plan gets changed at least once throughout the process of planning. When I say that it gets changed boy oh boy do I mean it. The first issue that I noticed with my original design that I drew up of the bench was the overall cost of the bench. For a 6 foot bench, it would have cost me over $1500 just to get the materials to get started. So Now I go into the changes I made. 1. The wood:...
I should write a book: 101 uses for discarded wood flooring. I have a pile of the stuff and may need to see a specialist to stop hoarding it. This might be entry #1 in such a book. The Taiji practice sword. My mother-in-law is an exercise fanatic and, being Chinese, has become proficient in Taiji sword exercise routines. When she visits us, she can’t bring her sword so I made this for her. This is a great way to get familiar with the spokeshave.
Made of Beach. The tail vise is the Veritas end vise that has a quick release. The face vise is actually a cool piece of work from Hovarter vises ( http://www.hovartercustomvise.com/?page_id=49) . It is a quick release 26” behemoth. Clamps down like a mean pit bull. Hopefully will get around to building some shelves and drawers, but right now I really want to take ‘er for a run around the block with a good G&G table build.
A little over a week ago, one of our Bradford Pear trees decided to spontaneously bifurcate (it split right down the middle). This is apparently a common thing for Bradford Pear trees to do, although I really can’t figure out why they would want to kill off a portion of themselves. There’s a great blog over here that does a great job of describing why Bradford Pears split so easily. A contributing factor is the fast-growing soft wood, which makes them about as appealing to us...
With the top built, it was time to turn my attention to the backsplash inlay and wedge detail. ----I cut a double sided taper on the backsplash piece using a tapering jig at the tablesaw. ----I saved my offcuts to make wedge shapes. The wedges were glued back onto the backsplash. I was careful to place the wedge in its original position so the grain would align. ---- The backsplash is carpet taped to a strip of MDF. This creates a straight reference point to cut shallow dados for m...
So my dad decided to gift me with his almost 30 year old craftsman table saw and band saw. They arrived separated from their bases, so I thought it would be an excellent time to give them a cleaning. Not that they were bad by any means – just a bit of surface rust on the table saw wings and a lot of sawdust. The WD-40 and razor blade seems to be doing a decent job of getting the surface stuff (glue/paint blobs) off. I picked up some T-9 and paste wax yesterday at Woodcraft (and also fo...
It is so quiet out this morning that I needed to check if we even had the windows open. They were of course, and if I listen carefully I can hear the quiet flutter of the birds in the near by tree. It appears that everyone slept in this Saturday morning. And what a morning it is! Still and calm and only a few white wispy clouds high in a bright blue sky. The temperature is perfect – I imagine it is about 70 degrees right now – and the humidity is low and at a comfortable lev...
There are hundreds of books written about the Shakers and their furniture. I found 7 in my library with just a quick look. I’m sure I’ve got a few more but my shelves are a bit disorganized. Rather than do seven reviews I thought I’d just throw out my opinion on them in one blog series. I’ve provided links, when possible to these books on AbeBooks.com. ABE is a group of independent booksellers united together on the web – like Amazon without the evil, but you can...
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