If you’ve been following this blog at all you’ll know that I’ve been working on adding a router table top to my table saw. Many of you have provided very helpful insight. Well, things have take a serious turn for the better. What started out as a just a router table top has turned into an outfeed table as well. I was seeking the advice of a friend the other day and the next thing I know we’re in his shop totally revamping my original ideas. The only problem is tha...
If you didn’t have to improve a great product would you bother? Would your improvements be incremental or would you really go for it? This is a blog not just about the simplicity and functionality of this jig, but also the progression of the inventor’s ideas and how they are incorporated into the latest model. For those not familiar with this tool, it is a router jig that facilitates perfectly sized and matched mortises for fixed or loose tenon joinery. It was won many awar...
Outfitting the workshop #5: One of the inestimable pleasures of being a Lumberjock...making your own tools!
Well there are probably a lot of other things I should have covered in the outfitting of my shop before I posted this, but I’d probably never manage to post anything if I did it in chronological order :-) Any way I am working on a two step red oak step stool for my shop (I am hoping that Jenn sees it and determines the ugly metal one in the kitchen belongs in the shop and that this ‘ugly’ piece of shop furniture belongs in the house LOL!). The construction requires some ...
Here’s a little tip for those of you thinking of going pro, either as a business or in retirement for extra cash. Start keeping track of the materials you use in a project and the time it takes to make them, now. Even better, break it down into sections, like planning phase, layout, cutting, jointing, assembly and finishing. This information will be priceless when it comes to estimating prices on projects for your clients. Don’t forget to include such things as waste (if y...
In my projects list I have a Bat wand. Though I gave it to my friend, I told him that I wanted to inset garnet eyes and would need it back eventually. Recently I discovered Dave’s Down to Earth Rock Shop (link) in Evanston, just north of Chicago. About time i found a decently priced and reliable gem resource. I found garnet eye cabochons. So I got the wand back and started to carve away, but then thought I would document and post it here. :) Here is the bat prior to eye surgery. T...
My box-making student finished up this piece last week - and I was able to build some supply lockers out of salvaged art crates. A few more pictures and a little bit more poetry on my teaching site: www.woodshopcowboy.com
Many of my friends have been asking me for a copy of a “sales catalog” that shows pictures and prices of all the handcrafted pens and products that I have made? I imagine that I could just start cutting and pasting pictures of each of me pens, and then adding materials types and prices, however that seems to be a lot of work and has the potential to become unstructured and non-uniform, i.e. different sized pictures, formatting options, lack of table of contents, titles, etc. ...
I’ve read about this happening, but this is the first time I’ve been the recipient. A friend of mine is finding interests other than woodworking. We play Irish traditional music a couple of times a week around town, and recently he and his wife (both fine players) hosted a house session and gumbo fix. The gumbo was good, the music flowed, the company was good. I was talking about my recent re-discovery of the fun of this hobby, and he mentioned that he was currently findin...
By Joshua Farnsworth (Writer at WoodAndShop.com) I’m excited to share a quick video tutorial about how to cut rabbet joints by hand, with a few simple hand tools. This method focuses on cutting rabbets along the grain, which is especially useful for cutting moldings (first step in using hollows & rounds molding planes), picture frames, etc. Go to this original blog entry (here) for some links to the tools that I used in this tutorial (you can use variations):-Marking gauge (I...
They’re done. All 256 of them. I rethought and then reconfigured the jig a bit so I could keep the same reference surface when drilling both ends of the “rungs”. It went very quickly: That was the very first one and it took a little under a minute. 32 of them took a little under a half hour. Next I had to drill the mating holes in the stiles. I rebuilt the jig from the same parts, marked up the pieces, and started drilling: With some trepidation, I dry fit tw...
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