I was cleaning out my shop not long ago and came across the beginning of a jewelry case I began years ago. It’s been sitting in a corner waiting for me to acknowledge it. The problem is that the joinery was sloppy. It was one of my early attempts at box joints, before I knew about using a backing board. Lots of tear-out. I had also gone cheap for the back and it was ugly 1/4” ply. My first thought was to toss it in the burn pile, but then I took another look and decided to d...
So, I’m just starting to learn woodworking. I’ve wanted to learn woodworking since I was much younger… The thought of building my own computer desk someday has secretly lingered in the back of my mind for many years. Recently, I was given the task of building shelving for a storage building to store most of my stuff (I share a house with my in-laws… ick). For fathers day, my wife bought me a cheap Ryobi router table from Home Depot. I’ve always wanted a ro...
Still working slowly on getting the shop in shape and determined to do it cheaply since I’m renting. I have been getting a good supply of plywood at work when we throw it out so I’ve been able to reuse a lot of materials. I found an 8×4 sheet of ply with one side coated with white plastic which has been great. I’ve been using that to fill in the gaps above the block walls. Its great stuff because its already white and it wipes clean so easily. Also today I ma...
Got a few more things done on the boat, starting with attaching the bow cap. I ended up changing the shape a little bit to help blend with the side caps and decided on one more dowel at the bow and splines where the bow cap meets the side caps. Once the bow cap was in place, I worked on trimming the walnut diamonds flush with the cap rails. I did this with a trim router, a straight bit and a shim on half of the baseplate that the bit was set flush with. I was then able to nibble away ...
I have another member of the family. NO it is NOT a REAL number 1, to me it is. (I’m not spending the bucks for a real one )Thought you may enjoy !
Hi everyone. For those of you who’ve been waiting for the dining chair templates to finally be released, thank you for your patience. The Templates are now available HERE It’s a great project – perfect for a set of four or more. I know you’ll really enjoy building them and even more…using them around your dining table. Thanks for looking!
Could never figure out if Archie was cursed or blessed with two lovely ladies competing for his affections. Last night found me in a similar situation. If I’m lucky, I get one night of shop time a week, usually after working my real job for 8 hours. Of course last night was extra special since there was a little package from eBay waiting for me… a hewing hatchet! Made sure the back was in good shape after having to deal with a full sized broad ax that was badly pitted. Unfort...
The drum cylinder section is now complete and reasonably ridged enough to handle. Now all I need is to decide what pattern to apply to the staves.Initially I was going to use my 3D router Carver but the narrow staves discounted it fairly early. I then thought about putting circles on each stave, but decided against it as being plain and boring after making the pattern and doing a test run and seeing the result. So I decided to go with an duplicated elongated pattern. I set about...
I felt like I was getting buried in cut-offs and bit and pieces of sheet goods, then I saw a video by Steve Ramsey (woodworking for mere mortals) on his lumber cart. Bingo, here was the solution I was looking for. A couple of days later i had it about full. He didn’t tell you on the video hat it takes two men and a boy to move it before the casters are on it, ugh!
This coffee table is built from maple milled out of 8/4 boards. I just did a very basic design using straight, clean lines. The top is made from glued up strips, a chamfered edge routed to soften the upper side and stained using Rust-oleum Ebony with a poly finish. I like pieces done in two-tone stain if contrasting woods are unavailable so I used Watco Danish Oil on the base. The base is put together using pocket-hole joinery thanks to the Kreg jig. Thanks for checking it out!...
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