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 ...
I feel like I hardly got anything done this weekend….going quite slow I am afraid. I have had some issues with my table saw so 1/2 of my time was spent trying to fix that. Sometimes I wish I had big buff muscles so I could wrestle with my tools better. Seems I spend a lot of time swearing and yelling at my tools. Anyway….on with the show here. I had to make the drawer slides which entailed cutting them from 3/4 oak and planing them down to 1/4. I have a band saw but it is ...
Ok. It’s time to place the Workmate aside and build a real bench. Don’t get me wrong, the Workmate served me well these few years, and it still has its place (wrapping newspaper comes to mind). Time to build a real bench. I’ve done the research, read the Schwarz, and even helped a friend build his bench. It’s my time! So I went to the Woodworking in America show in Valley Forge PA last October and as luck would have it, there was a company offering kiln dried Ash 12...
Hello All, I was on fire tonight. I know I just did a Henry Wood yesterday, but I got on a roll and did another one. http://bit.ly/dBSA2P I actually thought tonight’s chapter was pretty good writing. I hope you enjoy it. Brian
I started this project a while ago, but because of work haven’t had much time to work on it. By the time I’m done, it should be just in time to put it up for the winter! Oh well. This is my first project entirely done with hand tools. This is the top, 20” square and 1 3/8” thick. The legs are 4×4’s but planed down to a little less than 3.5” I’m not sure if these M&T joints have an official name, but they’re more li...
I’m skipping some trips here, but I was in northwestern Georgia two weeks ago. I went out to visit my friends at the Cuzzort sawmill in Trenton, GA and came back with a nice pile of sycamore. It worked out to be about 50 bf. The piece was 3.5” thick, 14.5” wide and 10 feet long. That of course would be quite difficult to get on a plane, so after some quick calculations I had them resaw it to 2” and 1.5” and then we sawed it into three sections (44”, 44&...
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