Just a quick post to say that I am really building my Roubo! And I mean it this time! The baby is in daycare and the husband has gone to get some lumber for me. I had made a mistake in my ordering, and in the end, my bench will have some kind of an apron ( I know, not really a French bench), and won’t be pretty, but hey, it’ll get the job done, and I will get back to woodworking!! I assembled this workbench from Costco when I was 8 months pregnant. I was pretty disappointed tha...
Two days before Christmas, a design engineer from a medical equipment manufacturer walked our shop lugging a heavy welded fabrication. It was a prototype for the base of a large, medical equipment stand. The engineer had to have a cast aluminum version of the base to be in Las Vegas by the 2nd week of January. He wanted his model used to machine a pattern from aluminum and make him a casting ASAP…...(In two weeks…over the holidays!) A 14 inch thick billet is not a stock item...
I finished turning the legs a couple of days ago. I think they turned out quite nicely. If not viewed directly side by side they seem to match well enough. Not bad for a spring pole lathe! Given the frame members are coming from the same 7/4 cherry board that I took the four turning blanks and the four legs of my Hepplewhite Stand ... I thought perhaps it was time to give my rip saw a little tune-up. I made a few passes with my shop made saw jointer to level out the teeth … ... then...
A comment by RobNPHX @ lumberjocks.com asked about the details, so I thought I’d post a couple of pics about the detail trim. Here are a couple of shots of the top of the bookshelves. On the very top, I placed a 2-1/2” x 3/4” strip around the top. It overhangs the sides and front face frame by 1-1/2”. Under that is a strip of 3/4” material that I made into a cove molding. And at the base of the bookshelves I placed 3/4” quarter round just to fi...
Shelves are great for storage, but sometimes the brackets can be an eye sore. A floating shelf comes in handy in these circumstances. In this video I go over how easy it is to make floating shelves. Hit the SUBSCRIBE button for more woodworking videos.
The unsung heroes of the tool world here in the United States are companies that resist the pressure to offshore their manufacturing and lose control of their quality standards. Not just companies that ship a bunch of parts in to the US and stamp Made in USA on it, but products designed, sourced, and manufactured right here in the USA. Made with hardworking American Blood Sweat and Beers. This video series is going to look at some of these companies around the United States, but why not ...
My initial attempt to fit the neck was a utter failure. The mortise and tenon fit pretty well, though the shoulders of the tenon were not flush with the body. So I tweaked and tweaked the shoulders some more trying to get a good fit. This resulted in breaking the heel of the neck, regluing, then cleaning up too much on one side, then cleaning the other to match, which invariably lead to more difficulties. After all of this, I wound up nibbling down the joint to where I really needed a new...
A good dust extraction in a woodshop is not only important for cleanliness, it is also about your health. For me this is very important and I have figured out a somewhat extraordinary but very efficient solution. Have fun!
Pine cleats glued and screwed. Plywood bottom installed, and cedar liner glued in… Finish sanded one side and padded three coats of shellac. It took me a while to find the lid stays I purchased long ago… The package says this is antique brass… But it looks dull black. I’m not crazy about it
Here is a video I made making a reproduction of a napkin ring from the USS Shangri-La. This napkin ring was given to my aunt’s father who was a ‘plank owner’ aboard the USS Shangri-La (CV-38). When I first saw this napkin ring I immediately wanted to turn one. Not only do I appreciate being able to recreate a part of history… I really like the design. This is a case where form follows function. I’ve spent my share of time at sea and can appreciate the functionality of the flat section; ...
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