I had some problems cutting my mitered table top. I used an Incra miter gauge but had trouble holding the piece firmly. I have a shop built miter sled, but because the pieces are small, they don’t lie well against the fence. I bit the bullet and bought the Incra miter express sled. I’m not doing a review here but I like the sled. I felt very safe using it. The only problem I had was binding in my miter slot. I have a Craftsman Hybrid TS. It has a granite top. I may have to ...
I thought I had found the secret source of low cost (i.e. free) hardwoods.I’ve been scouring flea markets, Craigs list, and freelists.org for old furniture. My latest acquisition was an old entertainment center made by Ethan Allen. A search on the item indicated that it sold for around $2,800 in 2001. I found it free, just haul away. My disappointment was profound when I started cutting it up.Some pictures:This is what I hauled home. This is what I discovered when I started c...
Simple task last night… mounting the subwoofer. For speakers, all that will be in the console is a sub… I’ll hook up an external set of speakers on wall shelves. I just mounted a piece of scrap plywood to the bottom of the cabinet, drilled a 3½” hole for the vented down firing bass port on the bottom of the subwoofer. Then I screwed the subwoofer to the plywood from the bottom-up. Hopefully I’ll have no vibration issues… if so I’ll deal with i...
Just joined…Thanks to all for the welcomes that I have already received via e-mail…After 25 years as a custom home builder I ‘retired’ 5 years ago and took over the woodworking/carpentry program at our local high school. (Central VA).My course of study is actually an accredited Carpentry program but I use woodworking daily to promote strong quality/craftsmanship ethics and pride in their work.LJ will be a great resource for my students.Unfortunately because of student ...
I AM PUTTING THE FINISHING TOUCHES ON MY BENCH SO I HOPE TO POST THAT THIS WEEKEND.
Just wanted to let everyone know that I have finished my workshop and have updated the pics on my homepage. I have also posted the first project that was started and completed in the finished workshop. I also updated the pics on my webstie if you would like to look at all of them. http://members.cox.net/mpaulwThanks for all the support that ya’ll have giving me over the past year of blood, sweat, and tears.
what are some of the do’s and don’ts of gluing hard wood to soft and hard to hard i have some experience with glues but not pressure very neuvo there ovens are hard to get to but where my dream shop is i have designed a brickman oven to with stand some atmospheric pressures. may be i don’t know. how many are needed to harden or flexible the resilliences of glues? directions please. i do not intend to bake the finishes i know it will destroy the electronics possibly an assemb...
I wrote a review on these HF Bar Clamps and I gave them a good review based mostly on the cost. At basically 6 for the price of 1 better clamp, they would have to achieve an impressive failure rate for me not to like them. That said, I had one fail within the 1st week of owning it. Rather than return it and get a new clamp that would suffer the same flaw, I realized I could fix it and upgrade the other ones I bought to fix the problem for about another $1, which still makes them very c...
We’ve all seen, and many have those half round windows. But what can you do? Buy a fabric, plastic or wooden fan louver? Why not build a wooden fan louver? Its really not that hard. I start by making the outside frame to fit the window. I draw one line that will give me 1/4” clearance inside the window opening. I draw a second line the thickness of the frame marking the inside of the frame. Because this is a simple curve, I didn’t need to build a complete two part form. I just need...
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