Here begins a project that will extend over a long period. The idea is to decorate a bar at the farmhouse. Part one is the start when I’m out in the woods and bring home the logs to the bar with my atv. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvRmykI3wR4&list=UUsx6Ebzfq3YuzKNRw58ZdEw
This is an American made Warranted Superior hand saw. Although I don’t know much about hand saws, I assume this isn’t too old because it doesn’t have split nuts. It is marked “8,” but I don’t see an etch on the blade. I haven’t done any research to see how easy it is to date these saws.
Making the panelsToday, I put all the parts together to form the sides and back assemblies. I started with the two back panels. These will attach to the side panels and make up the two base cabinets for the desk. I’m limited on the number of clamps I have, so I could only glue up two panels at a time. The saying among woodworkers is true, you can never have too many clamps. While waiting for the glue to dry on the first two panels, I turned my attention to making eight drawer div...
I was able to take my top to the night class I have been attending. They have a beautiful wide belt sander. It has two belts and it was set up with 120 and 150 grits. Before sanding, i just hit the high spots with my Bedrock 606. The machine is very accurate to the point where the second belt is set just a few thousands deeper than the first belt so that it grinds out the grooves from the rougher grit. It only takes about 8 thousands of an inch per pass and it took about five passes on e...
Yes, Yes I know it is now Tuesday. The problem is I was not home on Sunday night this week and did not have access to my PC. As I am sure many of you are sick of this winter that does not seem to quit I too am sick of it, I have been wearing a minimum of 4 layers to work everyday for the past 3 months now. So I decided it would be good to head somewhere warm. A rainy Saturday spent in a park run by a mouse though not the best thing sure beat a cold snowy Saturday spent working in a park. ...
I began constructing the perimeter by setting up the laser just high enough that the beam—representing the top of the joists / bottom plane of the flooring—just nicked the high (NW) corner. I Sharpie-d a blue line where the laser’s red sweep met the walls and studs. The results were in line with my earlier mockup. To accommodate the wide range of vertical offsets from concrete to joists, I used several approaches around the perimeter. At the southwest corner is a s...
This morning I was out in the shop by 10am, eager to go. Motrin is a wonderful thing. I took the now full width back half out of the clamps and grabbed a glue scraper and went to work. I was able to only get a little bit of the glue runs off, so I switched to my jack plane. I had a bit of an alignment issue with these boards so I had some fairly high spots to flatten out. I did the bare minimum with the plane until I was worn out, it didn’t take long. Then I mustered all of my st...
My goal was a level floor supported by 2×4 joists. But the concrete floor’s compound slope steepens even more toward the highest (northwest) corner. If I started the joist frame in that corner, the finish floor would start 4.25” off the concrete at the highest point (3.5” joist + 0.75” ply). That would cut into my desired minimum 8’-0” headroom—and I’d pay that 3.5” penalty over the entire 12’ x 28’ shop area, with a st...
The idea came from a neighbor. He had an old “bird feeder” very rot and yet functional. I offered him this bird box rebuild. I then built many of them:-)First of beech. Ha! Evil mistake! Well, at that point I knew even less about wood properties, but that beech is so bends I never expected.So I built one from the remnants of a corner seat in oak, 19 mm, finger-jointed. As always, not screwed, not nailed … .just dowelled. The Domino system by Festool is just great.A carpenter swears by Lamello...
I recently just participated in the Dovetail Layout Tool Swap where I made a few items for LJ AgentTwitch. On the marking gauge I had made a couple of thumb screws and a few people were asking about them, so this blog will show how they were constructed. I have a lathe, but I’m a relatively new turner and don’t have all the bells and whistle yet, so I’m sure there is a fancier way to achieve this, but this is what I had – a 2×4. Traced a hockey puck – ...
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