I’ll save the outside (curved front veneering) story for later. For now I decided to cover the drawer construction itself. I can’t remember the order I did things anyway. The top picture shows a fully assembled drawer and gives a good idea of where we want to end up and hints at some of the challenges along the way. On this project the drawers are everything. They dictate the angles, final measurements of the cabinet, the proportions of the top and bottom, and as you’ll...
Today I took a break from working on the miter saw station. Only had a few hours to spend in the shop so I decided to knock out as much as I could on a wall-mounted clamp rack. My clamps have been residing on the lumber cart I built, but that does me no good when needing the cart to move in new sheet goods and lumber from my truck in the loading dock to the shop. So after viewing a few renditions done here on LJs, I had at it. It’s a quick and dirty solution, but it should serve t...
As previously mentioned, all the inlay has been glued in and I have test sanded the outside edge as you can see with 60 grit. I need the heavy grit to get the old varnish topcoat off. I am using a combination of hand sanding and a palm sander.
About 2 weeks ago my father in law past away. He was a very good wood worker. He wanted to pass his wood working knowledge experiences along to future generations of our family. Cancer cut that short. He left me and my son his routing table, jig saw, miter saw, wood lathe, work bench and various books and hand tools. i think this is a good start. My goal is to become as good as he was and in the process try and get my son interested in workking (he’s 15), which will be a project in itse...
Today’s workToday was used for gluing different parts up, namely; the main frame, the winding wheel, various wheel spacers and related pinions onto the wheels (gears) plus the coopered main weight and counter weight/handle. I also polished all the arbors (axles). I also ran the winding wheel on my disk sander jig to first get the inside wheels round and then again after gluing all 5 disks together to get the outside round and balanced. It was a bit of a puzzle to figure out which spa...
Blondie has wanted this cabinet for a while now on the open wall if the kitchen. She has collected special martini glasses from our travels and wanted to display them in a glass cabinet. I had started the cabinet once but hated the wood I was using, so scraped the first one. My pops has been bored out of his mind after mom had passed last yr, so I thought, why not get him out here and help me build a cabinet. He is also a wood worker and has made many display cabinets for people and their...
Is it “scrap” or “scrape?” Either way – the rule of the shop with scrap is this and always this: You will have scrap, you will never scrape the bottom of the scrap bin and you will always wonder how the bin got so full so fast. Second reality of scrap is that no matter how much scrap you have you’ll almost never find that one piece that will fit the project at hand. Hence the “absolute need” to go to the lumberyard to buy more lumber. Third fact – you just have to live with it and le...
I called it a saddle, but it is more like a pommel as in gymnastics’ pommel horse. Whatever. In order to veneer the inside of the curved drawer fronts, and ensure adequate clamping pressure at all points, I had to make a perfectly matching curved form or block to press against. While I had never done this before, I relied on memory of several of David Marks’ Woodworks TV shows and videos where he described the process and key elements. The goal is to make the block undersized ...
I’ve got a few days off for the holidays, and i’ve been able to get a little more work done on my desk project. I’ve been trying to figure out what type and color wood I want for the inlays and accent pieces. After talking with the guys at the local woodcraft, I picked up some trans tint 0 black dye, a chunk of walnut and some walnut veneers. I played around with these (and after dying my hand black, be careful with this stuff), but did not like the pitch black look. A f...
I have been researching sharpening systems and wow are they expensive. I had an old Delta sharpening system that everything even the wheels where obsolete what a total waste of money. I have been looking at the work sharp 3000 because it seems as if its an easy cheaper alternative but also seems like a good sharpening system. Any body with experience please share any ideas or tips
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