Relatively slow progress this week as I’m juggling many things. I was unhappy with the weighting of the first set of muntins, plus I made a simple error. Nothing amazing, but it was enough to convince me to pull the muntins and start afresh. Incidentally, the muntins were surprisingly strong in situ. One never gets much opportunity to test joinery to destruction in a real-world setting so it’s reassuring to know how much integrity exists within the work we do. In addition to th...
To finish up this lumber storage area we need to build our cart for sheet goods. Now as we have no room in the shop anyway I didn’t see the need to make the cart roll round so again I will be borrowing from some of the ideas I mentioned in the first post (check the links these people have really nice set ups or search here on LumberJocks for lumber storage) and will be hinging the cart to our vertical lumber rack on one side and will roll on the a fore mentioned casters on the other. ...
So this past week. I managed to make this beautiful top price for my Shaker table. This peice is 3/4×18x18.i first started with planing the oak down the 3/4 of an inch. Then I cut the width down to 6inches and glued 3 of those pieces together. Once the glue dried, I cut oak down to its final length of 18 inches. After I cut the peices, I used a belt sander to get the pieces to be at the same height due to the bowing during the gluing stage.
These week me and my friend Tyler got out top of our shaker table cut. The dimensions of it are 3/4” thick, 18” long and 18” wide. We used the table saw, radial arm saw, jointer, and planer. First we started with planing the oak down to 3/4”. Then we cut the width which is 6” and glued the 3 prices together. Once the glue dried, we cut down the leg that to 18”. After we cut the peices, we used a belt sander to get the pieces to be at the same height due to ...
Once I made the pieces for the frame , it was time to start making different cuts. Mortise and tennon cuts should be made for each leg. These holes will allow the frame to fit into the legs. Also the tops of the legs were cut. The thickness that the holes on top of the legs should be the thickness of the ends of the top pieces of the bracket for the table itself. The two cut ends will fit together so the ends of the frame pieces will sit on top of the leg cuts.
I heard a poet speak last night about doing good work. I was immediately intrigued by the parallels to our work at the bench. He said that doing it was worth it because it was hard. It was hard to do good work. Nothing good comes easy. If you’ve ever tried to write you know how hard good can be. The same thing is true for our work at the bench. It’s easy to drop your standards. Here’s a note from a maker struggling with this issue: Recently I watched the video featuring you and your bel...
As I wrote in the “Beginning” blog entry, I have lots of thin lumber on the rack so decided to build up the thicker lumber needed for this project. Honestly, I’ve never done that before, so although I enjoy playing around with the planer and just seeing, feeling and smelling the wood, as I went, I was think that this is a lot of trouble for just a little bit of lumber, but in the end, I enjoyed the process and will do it again. This is more beginner stuff, probably borin...
Here is a Raised Garden Bed that I made recently. It turned out great. Check out my video below and I have a more detailed entry over at my other site on woodlogger.com Youtube Link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=92KTXmv2cFg
After many weeks away from the pergola project, which included an unexpected trip trip to Johns Hopkins in Maryland, I am back on track I hope. Finally got around to making the jig I need to cut the notches in the pergola slats. First I needed to make a template at the correct angle (105°) for the notch… which went smoothly, and gives me the necessary shape to align the jig. Next I made the spacers, each angled at 105°, for the inside of the jig. Initially they were b...
Spring has finally arrived here in Nova Scotia! After the long, harsh winter, even me – one who loves winter – was ready for a change. The days are getting longer and the air is warmer and the last remnants of snow piles are slowly disappearing. I often find that the change of season encourages me to do some work around the house. Even though I was in the midst of my Haunted Carousel project, as well as several other things that I have on the go, on Saturday I opened up and l...
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