I’m planning to blog a VERY small project here but unfortunately, I need some help before I really get started. As an incentive for your assistance, I’m going to post a bunch of pictures which you will find below. I recently purchased the material for my project from and individual on ebay. I basically bought a box of thins/cutoffs of various unidentified exotics. I need so help identifying what I’ve got (if you are up for the challenge. Below is a photo of all the ...
So the chip carving has begun. I thought I would share a little bit of how to with you. I don’t have my entire pattern figured out, but I did choose this pattern for each of the points. So lets get started. You can purchase chip carving knives if you feel it is necessary, but I just use an old timer I’ve had since High School. It has 2 blades. The smaller blade is just fine for this type of work as long as you have it sharpened. Trace your pattern onto your piece by usi...
Workbench #4: Base is almost finished. Top is on the base, upside down. Time to build the twin screw vise
It has been a while since I posted stuff, so first I’ll catch up. I finished the mortises and tenons and assembled the legs and stretchers. The legs are very square and stable but the mortises are not as tight as I would like. They are going to take some fixing. I have put the top on the frame up side down so that I could attach the vices easier. I built a large standard single screw vice and mounted it as the end vise. It didn’t come with instructions, so I must have taken t...
Karson my good friend.You asked me if here in the land downunder we had any branches.Let me tell a little story.. Once upon a time a few years ago a fellow I know came upon an accident.. a semi trailer [18 wheeler in your parlance] had run off the road and hit a tree.. the tree was a Moreton Bay Fig….[ficus macrophylla]The truck was a write-off but the only damage sustained by the tree was that one of the branches had broken off.My friend,,,being a resourceful bloke…turned up wi...
The grain on this redwood burl is amazing. This is a great motivator for the rest of the end table project.There are a couple of spots to touch up with some more light sanding, but I think I got it down to a reasonable level for the time being. I am interested in popping the grain and I have found a lot of information about Potassium dichromate being a good agent for burls of this type (safety, safety, I know and plan to adhere to the precautions). I am rethinking the design for the tab...
AWFS is always a blast, even though this year we could see the effects of the economy in both corporate presence and attendance. But there were still some great products to see. In this video, you’ll see the following demos:Rockler: Tapering Jig, Box Joint Jig, Bench CookiesTenryu: Festool Blades, Silencer seriesKreg: Beaded Faceframe SystemDeWalt: New Lithium Ion Battery technologySawStop: Professional Cabinet SawGorilla Gripper: The Gorilla Gripper
in this video I go over how to change a blade on a scroll saw. How to use the table tilt snd the light and blower and what type of saw to buy. www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.co m
Well guys and gals, I went to Clark’s this past weekend looking for more beeswing aniegre (I’m greedy, huh?). Well I didn’t find any (David Harms probably beat me to it, he’s at Clark’s all the time, just kidding David!!). What I did see was a gorgeous piece of beeswing purpleheart with just an amazing figure to it!! I follwed my buddy Lee around while he was helping this lady with her lumber needs. While she was on the phone getting a decision, I ...
Well I’m done. This past weekend I installed the top rail and this evening I finished the leg bracing and prettied it up a little. Forgive the pictures as it is dark outside and I wanted to post this tonight. A close-up of the finished railing. Here is the prettying up. The metal panels we actually found in someone’s bulk garbage pickup. So as a recap we have come from here . . . To here . . . . To here . . .
I wanted a way to cut large sheet stock for cabinet backs, bookcases or whatever and can’t buy a sliding table saw so I made one—sort of. I started by gluing 4 pieces of Oak together and finished it off at 2×2 ¼. With that in clamps I drilled 3 holes in the table leaf 5/16 of an inch. Cut the Oak to 35 inches and attached it to the table holding it lower about 1/16 so not to interfere with the everyday life of the saw. I used T-bolts and let them in about ¼ inch. ...
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