I love a plan when it comes together! So when is woodworking fun? When you can steadily progress through the various steps with ease and accuracy. Yesterday I had a lot of fun cutting mortises with the Mortise Pal. If you’ve seen my review you know I’m a fan and my experience yesterday really confirmed my view. I watched Charles Neil’s demonstration of Jessem’s Zip Slot Mortise Mill and although I haven’t used that tool, based on the video I’ve...
The last few days in the shop have provided opportunity for some self-observation. My power tools have been ignored while I do some assembly and finishing. And since a piece of sandpaper in my hand to typically pretty safe my mind has been kinda watching me do things. First, let me say that hand tool work is hard. I’m making a few tables and thought it was a good opportunity to practice flattening the tops using my planes. And, when all was said and done, they were definitely bet...
It was a chilly 45 degrees here this morning, but I braved the chill, cleaned up the rabbets with my old #78 and dry fit the chest. Here is a look at the front Viewed from the front left Viewed from the back right Still need to trim a couple of rail tenons, but after that, its off to building the lid. Have a great day and thanks for visiting. Bruce (AKA FLWoodRAT)
While waiting for the glue to dry on my panel stock, I made a ‘panel raising’ jig for my table saw. Then after trimming the panel stock to width and height, I ran them through my TS. Eight panels raised and 10 fingers remain. The jig worked well. WOOHOO. Set-Up and Test Flight of my Jig. Here are one end panel and one front/back panel And here is the edge detail._ Weather permitting I will dry fit the panels in the frame today. Have a safe day in your shop.
An upcoming piece on my project page will be the new bunk beds I’m marketing. The one I’m working on now is biult out of blue pine. These two words have become a dirty word in the fine woodworking world. I love hardwood as much as the next wood freak but I think this wood has gotten a bad wrap. With the finishes and building technology we have today pine can be durable and strong if used right. I have had a great time this week seeing this great wood come to life in my shop. ...
I have some 10” wide cherry that I need to make four square and do not want to rip down to six inches so I finally built GaryKs jig to do this for me. However I was trying to re-utilize some casters that I had laying around and they didn’t work :( seems that they need to be fixed for this to work well. So this is it sans the casters which are on order from Surplus Center. I am hope to draw this up in SketchUp when everything is said and done.
According to the NYW and channel 9 in STL. Norm’s going to be at the wood show on Friday. Another LJ tells me it will be from 12-4. Let me know if you heard this or if you know more details, like a trap door in the line so you get people out of the way and can move up quicker. :)
I had a very interesting day today….. I spent it at the local Woodcraft demoing (is that a word?) hand cut dovetails. After many questions and several hours speaking with quite a few customers and observers I discovered that there are a large number of us that hold a certain amount of fear with regards to hand work. Things like basic handsaw techniques, chopping & paring with a chisel, sharpening, etc…. A great number of these questions came in a flurry from one particular ...
So I have been working furiously for the past week or more on completely redoing my website. The new one, located at www.cocoboloboy.webs.com allows for user submitted videos, pictures, and forum topics. I hope you check it out, sign up for FREE and post some stuff. See you there! P.S. If you have the link to the old site, it will automatically redirect you to the new site, though I may scrap that old domain name, so it is advised that you change your saved link to the new www.cocoboloboy....
As previously written, I am resurrecting my woodworking after a 30 year break. My shop has been insulated, heated, sheet rocked, painted, and woodworked. I have started to take my older trusted tools on one at a time. I purchased most of them when i was around 20 years old. Searc hing the internet I’ve found manuals for them again at of all places; Vintage tool sites. Has so much time passed that the tools I last worked with are now antiques?This week I completely disassembled my 12R...
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