After a number of weekends working around other commitments, I have finally been able to finish the drawers for my new cabinets. Below are a number of progress pictures from my drawer making adventures. Next up, the torsion box tops. I am planning to use 3/4” plywood for the interior supports sandwiched between sheets of 1/2” plywood. Between work and personal commitments, I will probably not be able to start on the tops until the last weekend in Sept...
The plans I’m following call for table tops made up of glued-up boards. I have some very nice Qsawn oak boards with very straight grain. I thought it would look better if I mitered and rotated pieces along the board so the grain would “follow” around the perimeter of the tops. I like my miter saw so I cut the boards for the smallest table using it. Well for some reason I got some flex in my blade so the cut is not perfectly straight. I’m using a thin kerf 12” ...
I have a cnc router and have used it heavily in my shop because it is an extremely useful tool. However, it is not really the quickest and easiest tool to use. To make a simple cut, I have to go through as many as 3 programs, make a few calculations, set up the workholding, etc, etc. It was getting old for simple work. I was just about ready to go out and buy a sawstop and a router table, but then I thought, why not make a simple program that will make the router into a very easy tool to ...
I can’t find any recent info here about the 2040 and was wondering if anybody still has one in their shop ? In the next few days I’m going to look at one that was supposed to have been rebuilt a couple years ago. Since rebuild it hasn’t had more than 2 or 3 boards thru it so it should be as new.My question is – just how long would I expect the rollers to last and is there a maintenance procedure to follow ?
Today's blog will just be a short announcement that all the new patterns are available on our site. I have received lots of emails from those of you asking when they would be ready, and they all are at this time. We added several new patterns to the site and we are very proud of them. There are some holiday patterns, as well as some for general occasions. Keith's SLDK396 Self-Framing Love Always plaque pattern would be great for a wedding gift, anniversary, or any time you just w...
Rockler “Mission” Gel Stain Have some work to do evening up the shade on the chests between the ply panels and the solid wood. I expected that task though.
In the beginning, there was a workshop. It was very cold. Especially in the winter. It was also messy. The owner had not mounted anything permanently, on the walls, because he hoped that, some day, he would be able to add insulation and wall covering and provide a place for the efficient warming of this desolate space. Ok, enough of that. In case you didn’t read the title or deduce from my workshop page that I’m talking about my shop, it’s me. Honestly, I had p...
Put in a good days work in the shop and man did it feel good. You know those days where it just flows. Today was one of those. I had an HVAC contractor come over today to look at the furnace so I just started chopping out mortises for the spindles while he worked. I used a mortise chisel for the first time and really liked the way it performed versus a bench chisel for that task. I finished the mortise and tenons for the chair back rails and stiles. In the picture its just standing upright on...
Grretings guys: Just thought I’d throw in my Christmas gifts, too. How about some mug holders, and a few cutting boards.Seems like everyone got on the cutting board kick this year—me included. You guys are a bad influence.But this time I deceided to go with coffee mug holders. I ‘ve made several in the past, and they seem to go over good with folks. These are going to some of my wifes customers in her beauty salon. I call her a barber(she says different, tho)! So far IR...
A lot has happened since my last blog, But first I want to thank the lumberjocks who encouraged me and left messages on my last blog. This past week the my friend at work who is a senior marketing person noticed the book I had, The woodworkers marketing guide by Martin Edic, after discussion of why I was reading the book he injected some personal advice that helped greatly. In his words marketing is not how big an ad campaign is or how many people you can reach it is simply letting peop...
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