There has been a lot of discussion on this site and probably others about wood movement. How much does wood move What about quartersawn lumber Does flat sawn lumber move more than Quarter Sawn The US Government has created a Wood Handbook that has lots of tables but how does that become useful? I took the tables and created an Excel Spreadsheet to calculate the wood movement. But, I came across a wood Movement Calculator that you can download and run on your computer. This pro...
I have actually had the bench in this stage since early September when my father in law was in town to give me a hand in mounting the top, beam and all, to the sled. It went on just right the first time which was rewarding, until I looked closer at the planing beam pipes and realized I was going to have to make some adjustments on the alignment holes in the top. After several go ‘rounds, we finally got that into a workable solution. Then I raised the planing beam only to discover it ...
The finished Mexican pot is the first of several projects that will be turned from the large piece of sugar maple featured in big stuff turning #1. There are five coats of finish on this piece. The only thing left to do is to buff it out with the Beall system – this will be done when the finish completely cures. Questions and comments are always welcome. Just for the fun of it I also turned a small three footed bowl that I enhanced with my homemade woodburner. Thi...
Have a relative that has a problem. They have a bench seat, top is simple AC nicely edged, the box under the seat is cedar lined. They believe it has a Poly based finish. Exposed surfaces are nice and dry, but when you open the lid, the finish is still tacky, and I mean TACKY. Flies can get stuck to it, we’re talking duct tape sticky and it’s been like this for over year. How the heck does one go about fixing this? They have left the lid up for weeks on end to no avail.
Flattening the SidesThe timber in this project was purchased as ‘dressed-all-round’ (or DAR). This is meant to mean that each edge side is flat, parallel to the opposing side and square to the edge. For several reasons this is never the case. The timber is processed probably years ago in a production line in a climate different to my own. The changes to moisture content as it dries further allows wood to do it’s think and warp, cup and twist. Crosscutting the timber into sma...
Follow along as I build a tenor guitar. In Part 7 see how to make a soundhole rosette of laminated walnut and curly maple.
Well, if my first trip to see a large show is any indication of how this journey is going to go… I researched Craft Shows online. This craft show that I attended today said they would have 10,000 individuals attending. We were at the craft show for about an hour – left to get something to eat – then returned to the craft show. When we were there the first time – there could not have been 30-50 people there. I know it was a little early but that was a shock. I...
What a crazy night! In the eight years that I lived here in Nova Scotia, I don’t remember ever experiencing winds like we had last night. As I read the status’ of my friends that are to the west of us in both Canada and the United States, apparently it is just our turn. And while we are currently experiencing 11 degree temperatures (Celsius), it is supposed to go down below freezing by nightfall and we are to have up to 10 cm of snow. Crazy. I only mention this because I s...
Taking final measurements before cutting the axles Fitting the trunk in the back. Axles cut and fitted. The bed surround is not that heavy, two people can lift and move it. front view. We started to make the front seat. The next set of pictured will be the finished project. .
This book review is from the May 2013 issue of our LumberJocks’ eMag Fox Chapel Publishing is donating another book for a free draw! (See below for details) Woodworking Tips “Over 650 Ingenious Workshop Tips, Techniques, and secrets”—- well that about says it all, doesn’t it! 650+. There is information on equipment, electricity and batteries, finishing, gluing, joinery, sharpening, and so much more. This is another of those “everythin...
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