Thanks to some advice on the forums as well as some great reviews and piles of other useful stuff about a variety of table saws, I decided on the Ridgid R4511. Of course, it helped that there was a sale this weekend…perfect timing. Given I’m not unnaturally gorilla-like, I opted to have HD deliver the 450lb package. The saw arrived today…what a marvel of packaging this thing is…whoever figured out how to package this saw up should make puzzles too…the bo...
These are the voyages of a man and his 7mo. old son. Together their mission was to track down missing parts for a Ridgid table saw. Their journey took them to the far reaches of the Internet and North America where they discovered for themselves new and exciting information. Enough already with the extended metaphor. Let me share with you the little information I have discovered on Ridgid tools while trying to source my rails for the TS3650 (Part No. TH1025) for free; no luck. For some tim...
I finally made a honey dipper. It’s got a bit of blow out around the honey groves. I think that not only did the lack of an appropriate parting tool hurt this spot, but the generally poor quality wood was against me too. It’s also much too big for a proper honey dipper in my opinion. But whatever, I made a honey dipper. I finished it with a canned butcher block finish oil. I think I’ll coat it with a beeswax/mineral oil finish later too. Unfortunately, I’m comin...
I am now midway through a project to build a mission dining set. It will include 6 side chairs and two end chairs. I started with the chair construction using quartersawn white Oregon oak that I kiln dried myself. The chair design is a modern version of the arts and crafts style that is also very comfortable. The style was inspired by Kevin Rodel, Gustav Stickley, and Elbert Hubbard. I had fun designing them on Google Sketchup. It is surprising how many hours it ta...
Yesterday was a good day and I was able to finish up all the drawing that I needed to do for the next project that I need to send out to the magazine later on this week. That means that I get to spend the day at the scroll saw cutting. As always, that is one of my favorite parts of what I do. It will be nice to see everything come to life. My partner Keith is still fighting his cold. Unfortunately it has turned into a cough and sounds like it is going into his lungs. Even though he is ...
Probably 3 or 6 months ago, I picked up a little Jointer at Harbor Freight. I had a 20% off coupon and it was on sale too, so I got it for about 2/3 of list price. I didn’t have anywhere to put it so it sat in the box until sometime in December. Finally, more than 3 years after the shop was built, in early December, I got the attic floor completed, and moved hundreds of boxes of stuff upstairs – so that now I have room to work down below. So, opened the box and set up the ...
Need to know if anyone has ever made a harp. Don’t know where to start, especially the type of wood that would be best. Can find the strings and hardware on the internet but haven’t located much information on actually building the harp. Looking to build around a 32” harp, 29 string, any help would be great!
I have several projects in the works right now. I will be working on several at the same time but where most of my attention will be is with this loft bed. My boss presented me with a sketch of what she wanted. Some SketchUp time later she approved a design for the project. Here is what we came up with. The entire build will be recorded. Thanks for watching!
Here I am, popping my blog cherry. A warts and all look at what it’s like at every stage of the journey of making a bespoke piece of furniture. Like all jobs, it begins with a phone call. I’m not that well organised to have an appointment diary. A wardrobe for her boyfriend’s Mom. A scribble on a bit of paper will do, date, time, directions, a mental note that I have to be there at that time on that day. I’ve done loads of things for this girl before, a Department S...
I work for a local historical village as their Master Cooper. This little video clip is from our last class held back in November showing different stages of making a bucket. Sadly for me, I didnt take any clips of Friday’s class when they were working on the staves. Saturday they were doing finish work. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Le3MExT3_uI
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