In the last blog entry, I completed the interior elements. Now I will turn to the completion of the external elements of the case. Where I started. Where I finished. During this session I completed the following: 1. Create base molding2. Nail base molding3. Create crown molding3. Glue crown molding on4. Add filler strip5. Attach feet I started with the base molding from the plan. It is sized to just cover the lower dovetails. I made a mistake and cut the rabbit at 90 d...
Howdy, I started mounting the table top today. It occurs to me, in hindsight, that I may have caused myself a lot of frustration. I’ll find out soon enough when I try to place the diamonds. Be that as it may, it’s turning out pretty well but you can still tell that a rookie is doing the work. I was able to use the warped pieces but now I have a few pieces that are slightly higher than others. I just bought myself more hours of sanding. I’ve also got a few gaps. A f...
Made some progress on the tank. Adding wheels and gluing the turret. Yes it rotates. Since I am painting this for my customer I can use up some of the scrap wood I have laying around. I hope to get the trailer done today as well since the Packer game is on this evening.
Recently a friend gave me a bandsaw that was part of a barn he had emptied.(he buys lots and auction them). its an old 12” crafstman. it had rotten tires, seized bearings and worn out blade guides.i installed a wood slicer timber wolf blade. i had to take off the wheels and clean the axles then balance the lower wheel and realign everything shimming the lower wheel to line it up with upper wheel. after all that was done i adjusted the tracking and squared the table to the blade....
My lovely bride got me a book and two chip carving knives for my birthday on Tuesday. I have to say, I’m pretty darn excited. She got me Wayne Barton’s Complete Guide to Chip Carving have read it cover to cover already and today made my first cuts! First up, I found a piece of basswood I bought at Michael’s for another project and never used. Perfect. It’s only 3” x 3/8” x 24” so not exactly an ideal size, but I figured for the first go, why no...
Ok, so after tossing around some overly complex ideas and trying to reinvent the wheel I have finally settled on building a Hybrid Roubo style workbench. The design is tested and it works very well for what it does so why mess with success. I plan on 2 vices. One wagon end vise and a leg vise. I had to do a lot of reading on the leg vise vs. a side vise to see what all the rage was about. I had never heard of a leg vise until a month ago when I discovered this website lol. After read...
This past year I have occupied my shop time in efforts to organize the shop and spent the time to build several shop tools and accessories. Having a garage shop that is primarily used for parking cars; it has been a constant challenge to optimize the space as a part time woodworking shop. This year I removed everything from the garage to thoroughly clean and re-organize the shop. I painted the walls and added 8 banks of overhead fluorescent lights to brighten up the space. Free up Spac...
Something to be aware of when turning Bowls:- When you sharpen your Bowl Gouge you may get a tiny “Burr” on the heal of the bevel that then results in scratches in your piece at the point of transition between the wall & the base on the inside. It’s always worth checking for a burr on the heal, and if you find one, just remove it with a fine file and then a bit of fine sandpaper, just to make sure the heal is smooth.
It’s been almost three months since I’ve done any woodworking, and I figured using up some wood lying around to make trivets for some family members’ Christmas stockings would be a nice easy way to get my groove back. Man oh man, it felt good sharpening a plane blade and making some curls. There’s only so much time a man can spend in front of a computer, this felt real good. I’ll be taking my sweet lazy time making these for next week’s fligh...
I have some REAL wood—not salvaged barnwood—that I plan to make some boxes with. I plan to use some figured black ash for the sides, matching the grain on all four corners. I have some dark walnut for the base and top. I plan to make a cutout on the top for a customer to make a customized copper insert. (By the Way, I found the “golden ratio” in one of my copy of November 2006 issue of Wood.) Right nowI am conceiving using some clear shellac on the ash and amber...
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