Hello Guys,Just wanted to share the simplest self–centering doweling jig’s design I came up with the other day. It is possible someone already thought of it before of course. You can also watch this 3 minutes instructional video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Axiicz0iEbI Be Safe and Happy Woodworking! Michael
After having version 2 fail, I kept on the idea that I could do this and figure it out. After the second version, I thought I’d better use my hard maple to make the next version. So I cut out a piece from my 8/4 board and took my hand plane (yes, that one I built :-) – I was kind of not wanting to use this hard maple with that nice looking edge grain. But since I had not other boards to use, I went ahead and used it. I glued it up and made a new 2” dowel to become...
Updated drawing- Planning to use walnut for contrasting dowels. Stain will be early american, a bit lighter than this indicates. Planing the lower shelf with the router jig. Much easier with a 1.5” bit! I didnt think about it while setting it up, but by making the side rails sacrificial and tight to the piece it gives a good zero clearance to avoid tear out.. Not a problem on the ends because they will be cut off square. Installing the lower shelf. Using table saw t...
RBS (Really Big Thithter), and the kid she married about a hundred years ago, make one or two sojourns to Jerusalem, for a few months. Now, the last time the woman brought me a piece of wood, you may recall, it was a decrepit fence post she found walking around in the woods in Oregon. That score was a bust because it was just too punky to make any use of.I just picked her up at LAX. We get home and I bring her suitcase in the house. She says, “I have something for you in here.” Wh...
I don’t have any pics of the process, but the aftermath. In this picture you can see my attempt on the screw. A couple of things I learned. My incorrect thought process would be that the dowels used to hold the guild block/nut together would be enough when creating the screw. Well, I was wrong and that ended up getting pushed out and caused the grove in dowel. The whole upper part of the dowel was my first attempt that I took off on the lathe – the second part you can somewhat...
The top of the desk calls for a solid wood glue-up. I dug through the pile of stock and tried to pick the nicest pieces with the best grain / fleck. Next, I did the usual prep for a panel glue-up. Plane it to height – 15/16”, joint one edge then rip to width. Next, I lined everything up on my workbench and drew parallel lines across all the boards. Those lines were used to cut biscuits to help with alignment during the glue-up. Next was the glue-up. I evenly spread ...
Ready to choose finish Here are my options in stock: Wipe-on Varnish (MW Tung Oil Finish) Epoxy—West Systems w/#207 Clear Hardener Shellac (Clear) BLO FWIW, I hate “flash” photography. It really brings out flaws and false contrasts, IMO. To the eye, my corner lid fix does not have that much contrast. I wet with denatured alcohol to clean of dust and to be able to see what the box looks like with a finish. Things look better than these im...
Time to get the router in place. I found a popular board that I planed down to 1/4” thick and mounted to my router base. It has been a while since I did this, but if I recall correctly, I put the wood onto the router base, put the V bit into the router and put it in, slowly advance the router down till it barely poked through, OR I did it on the side you see in the picture with the pencil lines. Either way, you need to have lines to help you line it up with the guide block/nut. You ...
This will be a gift to the wife, as she has been asking for some time that I make a low-level floor stand for her large plants. As I have been building this I’ve come to the conclusion I would like to make more of these, in various wood species, designs and heights to sell starting next year. I don’t know that I would reproduce this one design again. This was ‘ad hoc’ based on what scrap reclaimed 2×4s I had in the shop. Not that using this material would be b...
Collapsible forged reamer augermuseum tools back to life Part three. Acually this should have been part one since it was the first af the tools I restored… Hmmm life ain’t logic, so why should my blog be so…The summer 2015 I was at a marked with some friends, there were a guy selling tools, he had gotten his hands on a museum that was closing down and so he had some interesting things, I bought a few, just the once I needed… One of these tools were a wonderful...
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