This is the first of a series of blog entries describing a mobile torsion box workbench I recently completed. I posted a project summary a few days ago (Mobile Torsion Box Workbench). The overall series will cover construction plans and details, material costs, and odds and ends. In this entry, I’ll describe some of the factors and thought processes that led me to build this bench the way I did. Some Background about MeI’m an occasional woodworker. I probably average three or f...
After several months of on and off work the six board chest project is in the house. Its not done but finishing in my unheated garage at sub zero temperatures dictated that it come in for the finish. Tonight the shellac base and hopefully paint tomorrow. Then its just waiting for my hand forged hinges to arrive.
Well with the crib finished I need to start on the dresser/changing table. I went to Yukon Lumber yesterday and ordered $300 of wood. Kind of expensive but it will be worth it. I am using some plans I got out of Wood Magazine but I am going to modify them to match the crib better. There is a backer board behind the crib that is supposed to be arched, instead of that I’m going to square it off and add some Lace wood inlays. I think it will make a nice matched set that I will be able...
Funny how He is always challenging me, especially when I think I’m at my limit and barely have time to breath, much less take on another woodworking task. A few weeks ago, my wife’s co-worker lost his dad. We went to the wake to give our condolences and support. It wasn’t really a surprise, as he’d been fighting with cancer for several years. Last night, she came home and said Frank had a request for me, if I was willing to help them. I don’t know if my ...
I cut the tails this morning but chopping them out will have to wait for another day. Here is the pine dog bowl stand that I made for my previous dog, Molly. It was a big help to her as she got older and had a harder time getting around. We have since passed in down to Annie, Molly’s replacement. I hand cut those dovetails, just like Jersey will get in her single stand, except her’s is in cherry.
Interesting how you can spend a hundred hours leafing through magazine and online articles and reviews, agonizing over a decision and then when you finally made up your mind and feel fully prepared, you find yourself almost back to square one when you stand in the tool aisle :) I decided on a router combo set, the Ridgid R2930 with a 2 1/4 HP 12 amp motor with 1/2 and 1/4 collet assemblies. I read a review in Wood Magazine stacking up the competition and out of 12 routers, it was one of fo...
I got a real start on my shop cabinets finally. I managed to build the shells of my router table, Mobile workbench and scroll saw bench. It’s really hard to keep from tripping all over everything in the garage. It’ll get more crowded than this before it gets ant better. I need to get my tools and stuff put away so I can work but I have to get this stuff built so I can put stuff away. Anyway, here’s a couple shots of my new workbench in progress. It’s 48×36̶...
All ready for the no-holds-barred competition on the 7th of February. Finish is two coats of Daly’s Pro Fin and one coat of Liberon Black Bison Clear paste wax. (Thanks Chris—I’m impressed with the product and thankful that no bison were harmed in its production.)
See: http://www.squidoo.com/stoutwoodworks I’m posting this mostly for myself, but if it’s helpful to anyone else, that’s great! I’ve been thinking of trying to make some wooden rings—to use up small bits of wood and (more importantly) to practise my skills (and patience!) working in miniature. The article outlines three techniques for constructing wood rings: bent wood, layering, and combination. The author also nicely illustrates why a ring made from ...
For vintage tool collectors, a short reminder that the second largest saw producer was the E.C. Atkins and Company in Indianapolis. The quality of the Atkins saws was equal to Philadelphia’s Disston, with a Indiana leader of metal as true as the steel of which his famous saws are made. To see my video tribute to this man and his company, click on the YouTube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b81Z1_cAucU
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