I am in the process of building a shop table. Not so much a workbench as a rolling work table that, if luck is with me, will finish out at table saw height. My best guess right now, slightly under.I have a workbench the size of a door. It’s the build-it-in-a-weekend-with-big-box-lumber model I am sure you have seen, and it has served me well, mostly as a carving bench. In fact, it was built at carving height, which is too high for much anything else I’d like to pursue. And it is b...
So I’m back in class now and the wedding approach-ith. T-minus 4 months (eeeep!) So the last time i blogged i have glued up the two 45 degree boards. Thursday the chop saw was in action and i was actually able to get 10 pieces out of the two boards. turns out you only need 8 of these pieces to make a circle (you know, math and all). So here’s the log as it right now. Didn’t have time to glue because i was working on several other projects, but I feel good about thi...
Here is the sketchup of the dining table and chairs I am currently building. The wood is QSWO with walnut pegs. The chairs are glued up, and ready for corner braces and pegs. The table should go quickly compared to the chairs. One chair has almost as many parts as the whole table. Cheers and happy woodworking!
It has been a month now since my last post. I have been spending most of my spare time working on this console, and haven’t really had any computer time except at work. I have taken a few pictures here and there, but it seems that every time I want to photograph my progress the camera batteries are dead. As soon as I get my computer and camera together I will post the pics, but for now just going to give an update. Although I am not as far along as I would like to be, I can see th...
For the version with pictures, please click here. I didn’t have a lot of time today between getting batches of Sky Fort parts prepped for installation. But, I did have just enough time to work on plugging the bolt holes in top. I picked up a 1”x36” oak dowel from the BORG and measured the depth of each bolt hole individually. Then I transferred the measurement to the dowel and used a coping saw to get a nice clean cut. After some pounding with the rubber mallet (b...
The cold weather has arrived and the winds were kind of strong all day yesterday and last night. Substained 30+ mph with snow,rain,and sleet. But the tarp held up and everything is staying dry underneath. Not nearly as windy today. And that is a good thing. Didn’t really feel like wind surfing with a sheet of plywood in my hands ! Put up the lookouts and the rake rafters yesterday. The rake rafters were a bit of a challenge to figure out how to get them in place up there by myself. T...
First of all – anyone who has ever dealt with Alder will tell you that it blotches like crazy. It does. I can confirm that. If you wipe on any stain on the bare wood it will blotch significantly, and unpredictably. Unlike other types of wood like maple, where often there are tell-tale signs of where the wood will blotch (grain variations, etc.) Alder offers no hints. You just put on the stain and the next thing you know, you have cow patches all over your board. So that sucked. ...
I picked these up from my grandfather today. He said he got them when he returned from the Korean War in the 50’s but I think it was later than that. The block plane is a 110 and I’m not sure what the other is but I’m guessing its a Stanley Type 20 made in the 60’s. The only markings are “Made in the USA” and a faint 01 or 10, nothing else. I don’t imagine they’re collectable but they have a lot of intrinsic value. I can recall seeing them ...
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