”Tenacity” ....yes, there we have it, as all spelled out in the definition of our character as one coming into this world of woodworking and being ‘tenacious’ of soul…. And how much tenacity does it take to be a worker of wood when all around us we are filled with the images of store bought and store brought composites and even now I can get manufactured plastic wood that requires little or no maintenance, or so ‘they say’. And so once again I m...
I bought a package of four springs at Home Depot. You can put a spring at the back or at the front. I tried the different sizes in different places and picked the 4” one near the front. I put it on by gluing short pieces of dowels, one to the base and the other to the bottom arm, and slipping it on. The next thing to do is drill a hole in the end of the bottom arm. I failed to mention that the hole for the blade holder is 1” in from the front end of both arms. Also, I cut ab...
I started squaring the sides to the sole on my granite sharpening slab. I started with 220 grit and worked up to 1000 grit. I know, overkill. It will get scratched the first time I use it. At least I have these pictures to show me what it looked like once. I was surprised how out of square it was from the belt sander table. It is now square and smooth.I then taped the plane and added two coats of Tung oil to the rose wood infill.I cut a cardboard template to fit as the wedge and then cut the ...
I went to Home Depot after a lot of price checking. I picked up 52 2×4 studs, 12 plywood boards, 4 4×4 and 6 piers. I rented one of their trucks and took it over to my house. Then I went to a few garage sales in the area and found two great windows, haggled a bit, and got a great price for them. Now I am all ready to start assembly.
I decided to make a guitar rack to hold up my guitar off the floor. It has spent several years on a cheap metal stand on the floor. I got some sapele outs to use for the short parts, but the backbone of the rack will be made with maple. So far I made the bottom supports (with the general guideline/plan to the left of the supports) I plan to dovetail the supports onto a plank across the back. This first one is hand done with a hand saw and chisels (I’ve used a handsaw and ro...
This started out as another workbench, but got modified into an outfeed table. The base is a variation of a bench plan in FWW. I didn’t add the lower stretcher on one side so that I could slide my air compressor and parts cabinet underneath easily. The construction was pretty simple. Base is oak with walnut pegs. The top is an MDF door blank that is 1 1/2” thick. It’s wrapped in mahogany and then laminated. I used adjustable feet so that it’s exactly level with ...
Hi all, I thought I would share with you Season 19 episode 1 Shaker Chairs.. In this episode Scoot builds an amazing shaker chair, and as always it come comes out great. Hope you enjoy this episode of The American Woodshop… http://video.wbgu.org/video/2229573865/ (VIDEO) http://wbgu.org/americanwoodshop/index.html (WEB-CITE) Take Care, Michael FreyPortland, OR FREY WOODWORKING INC.
After that initial batch, I knew I needed to get more and more sapele. So I ran to Hardel’s and bought a bunch of 4/4 boards and a couple 8/4 boards. Going off the really great plans that I wrote out, I cut things to rough length leaving about 2” long to be safe from any snipe from planing and also to make sure that I wasn’t missing anything and undercutting something. My mentality was that it wasn’t a waste to over cut anything by 2”, it was a waste to undercut ...
Weather was good today. Took advantage of that to start the soffits. Also put up some xps GreenGuard siding underlayment. Still have one side and thefront gable to do. Weather is going to turn again and its suppose to rain tomorrow. If its not too bad I will try to finish up the underlayment. And also try to get the soffits completed on one side at least. The only other time I did soffits I just used ply. This time I decided to give the shed a cleaner and more professional look by buyin...
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