I started a theme for each day of the week. Fridays will be “French Fry Friday” and I’ll be talking about some sort of accessories that I build. Why “French Fry Friday”? I always here “would you like fries with that?” Fries are a side item and not part of the main meal. Same thing with the accessories or smaller items that I build. I blog about the big stuff but neglect the smaller stuff. So hear is a chance for often overlooked items to shine. This first one is a bookcase that was part of...
I am overwhealmed this year with new literature for Christmas. I asked for some books and shared my amazon wish list with family. What I got was Handplane Essentials from “The Schwarz” (my hero), The Handplane Book by Garret Hack, and James Krenov’s second and third books (I already have and love the first). I’m about halfway through Chris’s book and can’t wait to read them all. Merry Christmas to all of you on LJ’s and thanks for the inspiratio...
The problems have been piling up almost as fast as the sawdust! First came the seat. I put up some questions about warping wood last week. Long story short, the piece of spalted maple that is supposed to be the middle 1” of the seat warped and cupped terribly after machining it flat. After much consideration (and lack of finding any more spalted maple in my area), here’s my work-around plan: First, I steamed the pieces (2×1x9.5×22) for almost two days. Then I clamp...
I plan on starting the playhouse this weekend. I got all the lumber delivered today. Since the weather isn’t looking great for the next two days, I’ll probably just do a lot of measuring, marking and cutting of wood. I’m also going to try to prep the site where the playhouse will go. With the exception of paint, hinges, tar paper, LP smart trim and door latches, I have already purchased everything I need. I’m big on having lots of various size and finish fastene...
Between my realty work and doing side jobs, the end of a very hectic week is finally here. 5 straight days of getting home to change clothes and then flying off to various homes for new and emergency work. I clocked 44 hrs at the day job and then put in another another 46 hours doing side work. My work days normally start around 6 am, but I work independently and set my own schedule. I’ve done most of my browsing on here using my Android this week. Monday: Hung 12 boards in a kitche...
This is my first post here. Hi all. I need help getting my table saw back together. I acquired this saw from a friend and it worked well. So of course I made the decision to rebuild and clean it up. I like to keep my tools in good condition and I saw a bunch of tips on cleaning the cast iron top so I decided to go a step further. I took it apart, paying what I thought was close attention and now I can’t get the blade to come up and go down easy. The saw is an AMT 10” Table. It does n...
I think many of you will enjoy this short video, too: Making the Half-blind dovetails in the D4R jig . Please note this is not my own video production – I obtained permission from Leigh to post the series at my blog. From my blog entry: This episode shows the detailed instructions to cut half-blind dovetails on the Leigh D4R jig.On half-blind dovetail joints, only one side shows. The D4R has specific scales to create these in three steps: 1. Space the fingers to suit your taste...
Rocking Chair Summer Camp with Bill Kappel #1: Day 1 of my "Build a Rocking Chair" camp adventure with Bill Kappel
The beginning of “old guy” summer camp started today and my fine camp counselor is a true gentleman named Bill Kappel. I finally found the perfect thing to do with my extra week of vacation this year. I went to rocking chair camp. For those of you who don’t know of Bill Kappel, he is also known as the rocking chair guy. He makes his own take on the Maloof style rocking chair and does it with style and class. Not only does he make chairs and other amazing wood pieces, but he ...
I have been finally able to get back into the shop this weekend. I have been working on some votive candle holders for my parents. I am making 1 out of purpleheart and red oak, the other one I am not sure of the species. I think it is walnut. I have noticed that I have found new use for my scraps. (candle holders). I have the purpleheart one just about done. I need to put a few coats of poly on it and sign it. Each one will hold 3 candles. I also have a few projects to build for my wife for ...
I went to the woodworks show in MA yesterday and made the previous blog entry because I wanted you guys to be able to see the pics. Took a long time processing them first and uploading them to flickr. It was difficult to get the preview here on Lumberjocks to show what was posted even when the url’s were all there. In fact, it was so difficult that I may not do it again. To me, It really appeared that the picture posting to this blog was not working properly and it was very frustrating.
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