I was up in Modesto on Friday morning driving north on 99 after dropping my daughter off for work. I drive up on a semi hauling a 60’ flatbed full of wood, you are probably asking why on earth is this idiot writing about seeing a semi hauling wood – I see that every time I get on the freeway. Well, it wasn’t just any kind of wood – it was walnut burls – one was the size of the outback. I have never had any reason to hijack a truck, till that day. To whomever was ...
I have finally finished up the redo of the drill press table, and I have learned some very important lessons here. This is the first time I have tried to flush trim rout on a thin edge. Lesson learned? Support your router base with additional material instead of just the 3/4” edge you are routing. Now how did I learn this? Do you really want me to tell you? Cause I certainly am NOT showing… Next thing I learned. Dadoes cut with the table saw are WAY cleaner than dadoes cut w...
Tips and Jigs for the Shop #13: Making the job of being safe, very easy. Contractors Saw Original Guard Mod.
I realized after I did this, that Martin has reduced the size of the width of photo you can use, so the photo isn’t centered, but you can see everything. Yesterday I made a very quick modification to my original equipment Delta Contractor Saw guard. All the parts were in the shop, serendipitously, so it took me less than 30 minutes. I had placed a wing nut on the back bolt for the splitter nearly a year ago. But this time, I actually modified the mount so that there are no nuts or...
Its been a couple of week since I last got a chance to do some work on the cello. I had a stand at an open day at a friends furniture making workshop last weekend. That was a good experience even though it was not well attended by visitors. The last job on the cello was scraping down the ribs. These were supplied as three 126mm wide by 2mm thick sheets. They needed to be 1.5mm thick at the most. I later discovered that a better thickness was 1.35 – 1.4mm. It helps to make the bending wo...
Now that the towers are built, I am ready to fix up the closet. First of all get everything out and pile it all over the house: Then pull out the remaining wire shelves These things leave a nasty hole when extracted All done Remove baseboards using prybar and try to avoid leaving holes likes these. I usually put a metal putty knife against wall where I insert prybar and this is why: After a quick trip to Lowe’s to buy a patching kit. Patch the h...
When we got the block of wood for the body, they were totally out of square. We took them to the shooting board to square them up. For an example of a shooting board, look at the widget below. Or you can use a table saw to square up your block. The shape of the car was completely up to the children, I like the skating board the best for the race my self, but don’t tell my children this. The next thing I was looking at was the positioning of the wheels, where to put the a...
I’ve had time, but no money.I’ve had money, but no time.I’ve had neither time NOR money. But I’ve never had time AND money. — The sort of thing you do when you have TIME, but no money: You MAKE your loose-leaf page lifters, instead of buying them. So … who else has been in a position where they’ve got wood, time, and tools, but not a lot of money, and …. what did you build BECAUSE you were IN that situation ??
Okay, things are coming along with the router table project. The last thing that I worked on was making the insert plate for the router. I opted to make one because I don’t have the money to spend on a manufactured one. Besides, I hade some 1/4” aluminum plate that a friend gave me which worked out really well. Here is where I need your input. I need to know if I should make the diameter of the through hole the same size as the diameter of my largest router bit, in this case ...
Xee is the third in the series of my EZ mitred boxes. There are one or two wrinkles to this one so I’m blogging those bits here. Firstly in order to achieve continuity of pattern over the whole box it was essential to make this a veneered box. Until such time as they come up with a zero kerf sawblade or a knife that can cut through several millimetres of wood the seperation cut for the box top causes an unacceptable step in the pattern if solid wood were used. The veneer at 0.6mm is ...
A dove has arrived…Or at least the tool for a doves tail! Today I was so lucky that I found a little pack in my post box! I opened it with great excitement,and inside there was a beautiful little marking tool: A dovetail marker, of Tamboti, ratio 1:8, and it’s not even Christmas yet. The pack came from our wonderful and always positive Alba / Jamie.Thank you so much, I know you even had to do it twice, since the post had vanished first time. (So now it can be up...
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