Well, I’ve been working on my daughter’s toybox for the past couple of weeks. I have the base and the bookshelf top assembled and now I’m adding trim pieces to hide the plywood edges and assembling the toybox lids. However, this weekend, when I was attaching my Kreg pocket screw drill bit to the drill, I got my pinky between the bit and the sleeve (why was it still in the sleeve? Don’t ask). It took 4 1/2 hours in the ER at the local hospital to get 4 stitches, te...
Last night I was able to get the box all ready to put together. I cut the sides and the base each at a 45-degree angle. I also cut the sides at 45-degrees on the ends where they fit together. I am kicking myself for cutting the base and the sides like that as I think it is going to be hard to glue together. Are there any techniques to make it easier? After I got all the pieces cut, I sanded everything down. Here is what the box will look like when put together. I also sto...
I’ve got the legs together now. I feel the upright is a little thick. I’m thinking of bowing the sides with a gentle curve of about 1-1.5cm in from each side. What are peoples thoughts? I thought to centre it or have it off centre opposite to where the stretcher tennon will come through.
about 5 weeks ago i bought an old bandsaw for $100 and have just finished restoring it. originally it had a 1/3 horse motor but it appears that some time in the 60s someone replaced it with a 1 horse motor. here it is after i brought it home and cleaned the table i used a wire brush then proceeded to treat it with linseed oil and then johnson wax just to make sure it wont rust again for a while i also set to work taking it all apart and checking everything as well as oiling the uppe...
I am pretty satisfied with all that I accomplished yesterday. I spent most of the day playing around with the new ornament design and I am at this point about half an hour from calling it a wrap and getting to cutting. There are eight birds in this set, as with the first set and the framework is the same so I found it quite easy to draw them up. It seems for me that once I start on a certain style, I get on a roll and things happen very quickly. I will be cutting them out tomorrow, as I...
Actually, the inspiration came indirectly through his son John, who developed Lincoln Logs ® and who’s design I slightly amended. OK, the joinery technique is really just half lapped joints, but I thought the inspiration tag sounded better. Anyway, to move on, I was “tasked” by the wife to help build a crèche (manger) for her figures by next Christmas (this is not a last minute project). Having a handful of 18” x ½” dowels leftover from a previous project, I thought that I might just desi...
Did I mention that I’m not really a woodworker yet? That this project is my first besides a small tool tray, a mallet, a sanding block and a push stick? So it’s been a challenge and, needless to say, this one is quickly becoming a prototype, but I’m so hoping it will be functional! I’m learning so much about what to do next time, (like proper joinery instead of glue and screws) but I am really getting anxious to cut into some veneer packets. I realized that the s...
The last blog entry ended with me having two saw blades ready for handles. The handle material I chose to use was mesquite, which I bought from fellow LJ BlueStingrayBoots a while back. One of the pieces he sent me was about 5/4 thick. I decided to use the Marshall & Cheetham backsaw handle template available at the TGIAG website for these saws. I printed off two of the templates and laid them out on the mesquite to get an idea of roughly how much material I needed. Then ...
Okay, so my question is not so much about electricity but about suction. Will 2.5hp provide enough suction to clear the dust from my shop? I will have 8 drops and the lengths of ducting no longer than 20 ft. I will rarely be running more than one tool at a time. Thanks
I have most of the desirable properties built into this marking tool. Spear point, beveld only on one side, sharp (for now), easy to reach into dovetails, and somewhat comfortable. I picked this knife up yesterday at a resale store for a quarter and found the conversion much easier and faster than I expected. I began with a very thin bladed stainless table knife that has just a little flex to it. The thicker blades were certainly more prevalent in the array of knives at the store. I cut the...
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