Yet another basic project has crossed the threshold of my shop on the way out. This time, the painted pine Christmas Tree Stand for my artificial Christmas tree. The original plastic piece of junk died when disassembling the tree at the end of last Christmas season, so I have been wanting to build a new one, as the year went on, other priorities kept creeping up, until a couple of weeks ago, I decided it was time for me to get busy with it. This has actually been done for a little over 2 week...
About a year and a half ago I started by making a basic tool bench out of my little garage. I accidentally found a new friend via craigslist and we have been sharing his shop since with of mix of my tools and his. Sadly, he may have to be moving soon which likely means my tools and plans need to move elsewhere. If they move into my garage? Nothing will ever happen as there is already little room. To the point, are there any jocks local to the Hagerstown, Maryland area that might be int...
I had originally started this blog to document the progress of my new shop and its evolution from a “room with tools” to a fully featured, organized and outfitted shop space. We finished the interior and built the “outter room” for the compressor and cyclone. Now its just a matter of building all the cabinets, mobile bases, workstations, etc to really make the shop fun to work in! The progress of the shop was put on-hold this summer after I got my lathe. I spent a f...
I finally got to use a router for the first time. I’ve had a router for a few months now (read here), but no way to use it. My dad told me he had some I could have and he gave them to me last time he was here: I don’t know what brand the ones in the wooden box are. It’s been too cold to hang out in the garage lately so I haven’t had a chance to do much. It has warmed up this week, though, so today I got to work on another picture frame I’m ma...
Day number two feels good. You made so much progress last night, and it’s almost done. So you jump right in, and decided to put your trunions on and figure this thing out. 3 long screws hold them on. ...well, easier to put them on first, then flip the whole show onto the table top I think. Bam. You got this. ...That’s supposed to be behind that. (swear a lot) Rent a bearing puller. Hooray. Just like day number two feels so good, so does doing things twice. Ho...
Once I sell off most of my machines, I’ll be starting on a new bench for hand work. It’s a knock-off from the plans offered by Benchcrafted. The original plan was to use a Benchcrafted Glide C and wagon vise, but the legs are too short to use the crisscross and I came up with my own idea for a wagon vise. Mine occupies less real estate at the end of the bench. The contraption at the end opposite the leg vise is a simple wagon vise that’s activated by the push rods on ...
I have been waiting for several weeks for the arrival of the Church Altar that I am to copy and make two Side Altars to match. The Altar was delivered to my shop this past Saturday, and I am told that the down payment check is in the mail. Of course, the Altar looked smaller in the big church room. And, I started to “cold-sweat” a little looking at the task before me. I like new projects that have elements that make me sweat and worry, so this is right up my alley, so to spe...
I am finally completely done with all the cabinets for this house. Everything is installed, hardware is one, and everything is clean. The photographer (www.coastline-studios.com) took pictures yesterday, so hopefully I will have some to post on here in the next few days. I’m very excited to show this project off! I learned SO much on this job. Many things I will be doing differently. I feel like I just finished a class harder than any I ever took in college! Some of you probabl...
Hey guys. I visited our local Lowe’s this morning to replace a broken drill bit. As you guys might know, I’ve been using Aspen from Lowe’s on my draw sides. I like this wood mostly because I can get Aspen veneered plywood for my draw bottoms, so that they all match in color. Some of these boards are just awesome, mostly with beeswing figuring, and an occasional streak of grey, and medium brown. I wish LJ’s had the capacity for more pics of projects, so I can show ...
So I left off having made a test cut on piece of scrap. Now it’s time to move onto actually setting up a “fence” on the miter gauge to make a box. Setting the blade to just above the height of my material. The next few shots are from the back of the saw just for clarity. A word or two about measuring – measure from the inside of the tooth toward the saw fence. You have to take into account the “set” of the blade’s teeth. I tried to get a ...
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