I am constantly amazed at the beauty I find here on Lumberjocks. It’s here that generations will share the same “cherish” boxes, prepare meals on the same butcher block island, and rock grandchildren to sleep in the same chair created by our minds and hands. Indeed, woodworking is as much as a pastime as it is a journey. Each piece created here will likely last for generations and that’s the true beauty and meaning of woodworking…in my opinion. ...
I started this blog with a post about flattening the odd-shaped slab of walnut over a year ago. A lumberjock recently requested that I follow up on that post as I had intended to. I don’t have as many photos of the rest of the process but will describe what I can. The router sled was awesome for making the slab flat and it was smooth enough that I could spend some time with hand planes and a card scraper to get it smooth without too much difficulty. It was still challenging becaus...
If I have a RT with a porter cable 690 can I buy a variable speed control for it
Well I new this wouldn’t last. but it was great as long as it did, What I’m talking about is my wood sorce was a friend of mine worked at a factory that received there inventory with 1/8”, 1/4” and 1/2” plywood, and so he was able to pick up truck loads of it. Believe it or not, it was really nice wood. Beautiful grain, and I coulkd actually fit the pictures to the wood. Would you believe I lost his Phone number I have been trying to get ahoad of him, to get anot...
So I am making some saw dust and I go to turn on my 22-540 planer and I hear a crunch. I get a sick feeling knowing that I am either going to be out some time or money or both. It turns out that the dust hood 50-359 shifted and was caught in the blade. The shroud is salvageable. However the blades need to be changed. I look up how to do this with out the knife setting jig. I cannot buy one because it is out of stock. I learned how set planer knives with this video: http://www.youtu...
I just wanted to show off this big old plane I got a while back. It can hog off 1/32 of material and not even flinch. The picture is a little hard to see but trust me . I was using it to take off about 3/4 of an inch of the top of a desk I am making. I know someone out there is saying why did you not just cut it off. Well I have no power in my shop and I am not the good with my cheap $20 saw I got from Lowes. The Plane which you can see on the top of the picture is 26” long and th...
Today I am starting my biggest custom carving job since I have been at Public Wooodworking. It involves 24 feet of a sugar maple log that is 30” in diameter. I will be making 2 four foot Party Benches, 2 three foot Lager Tables, a five foot couch, a 30 inch diameter Bistro Table, and 2 three foot Captain Bistro Tables. I would like to start a blog but do not know how to post pictures. Any help will be appreciated. The pictures posted are of what will become the Captain Bistro Chairs. I am off...
I’m hoping to get a medicine cabinet built in very near future. I have the design in my head. Bought an old medicine cabinet with a really nice etched mirror & beveled glass. Then found another one, bigger.Anyway, I’m thinking I’ll build the door around the mirror size, & the cabinet to fit the door size. It will be built flush against wall above sink, with simple moulding that matches the woodwork throughout the house. I wish I knew Sketchup better. It’...
After much cutting, the body pieces are cut. Some of the larger pieces I just ripped out on the band saw. The more detailed pieces, like the head and tail, are done on the scroll saw.In the photo above, I wanted to show the the general positioning of the one and a quarter dowel rod that runs through the inner body pieces. Remember that this is based roughly on the carousel horse plans. Whether building the carousel horse or something like this that I’m doing, it is very important to be ...
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