I recently had a need to use the indexing section on my lathe to drill holes at exact & even spacings.I did not want to buy an expensive part to do the trick so I came up with a do it yourself simple solution.I already had a couple of ‘Magswitch Mag Jigs’, see http://www.magswitch.com.au/magjigs/magjigs-2.htmlSo that was a big starting point. All I needed was a small piece of 2”X1” scrap pine and some Perspex & one of the Magswitch jigs.You could use a light metal plate instead of ...
So a few weeks back, I was walking through looking at a kitchen to bid it with an owner and the foreman overseeing his remodel. The foreman is his brother and my former boss/teacher. The foreman starts off with, we can do some open bookcases over here, and over here a cabinet over this laundry closet, and in the kitchen we can do some small cabinets above some big cabinets, and over here over the stove we can do some open shelves with radiused ends on them, and we can use heart pine, si...
Hey guys and girls. For those of you who did not read my “Intro,” I am currently attending a traditional boat building school in Washington. We started our program with some small beginning projects such as some joint practice pieces, a few hand made tools, and a tool box. We then did some drafting and lofting, and have now finely made it to building our very first boat.This is my groups 11’ Monk skiff, which we lofted and modified a bit. So fare its all Honduran Mahogany an...
My name is John Wills, better known to my friends as Gourgon, I’m a retired furniture and cabinet maker with many years of woodworking experience under my belt including antique repair. However; in recent years have turned my attention to the art of wand making. As you can see by the picture of Gaia’s Breath in my gallery I work with all natural woods scavenged from the forest floors here in Connecticut. I am also a writer, author, and do a lot of computer graphics, both for my own needs, and...
My grandiose ideas gave gotten me in trouble again. I am NOT a blacksmith. I have little or no metal working tools. So what made me decide to make my own hinges out of cast iron? Who know. I do this all the time. I get these great ideas about something I’ve never tried before and without even thinking about it decide to try it. Sometimes this pays off, sometimes not. All i know for sure is, i spend 4x the amount of time making “forged” looking hinges, instead of just...
I decided to change the height of my Thien Baffle to 16”. Why? Because the HVAC hoods I have seen so far have a rapid structure change from circular to rectangle, I have a 3HP dust collector (which is unknown if a Thien Baffle can even handle a 3HP), and when you step on a 6” spiral duct you can come to 8” high and 4.5” wide oval which should be good enough. 8” x 2 = 16”.While at the Home Depot, I bought hardboard, and 1/2” pipe insulation. I am u...
I have been trying to get the wife involved out in the wood shop & finally she did it!!! pictured below are some bats she cut from 1/4” ply for halloween.
SO I attempted to fix the mahogany cross in some of the ways you have all sugested and some may have worked if I wasn’t such an oaf and didn’t baredown to hard and break one of the arms of the cross off. (no not intentional I guess I just pushed to hard)..... But on an up note I purchased a new router and bits this past weekend at the woodcraft sale!!!!! I was wrking on cutting out the cross on a shiny new plank of mahogany earlier this week and blew out the 6 hole plug sur...
Here is the lumber from which I will be making the railing. I have set up my table saw to do some ripping. Here is everything dimensioned. The stack in the foreground of the short square board will the rails while the remainder will make up the frames. I took all the short pieces and used a ½ round over bit in the router to get the following. Here I am using my cheap block plane to round over the edges of the boards being used for the frame. Im moving so fast...
I made some good progress today and it looks like the next time I can spend a decent amount of time in the shop, I should have this thing assembled. I started today sanding the three brackets and the aprons in preparation for assembly. I noticed a decent sized dent in the face of one of the aprons and decided to try out the wet rag and iron method to raise the dent. I forgot to get pics, but it worked like a charm. As I was sanding one of the end brackets and looking at the inlay that h...
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