A couple of years ago I built my wife a sewing table for her sewing and quilting room. The original table was oak, 8’ long, 26” deep, and 25 1/2” tall. There ws some room left over, so she asked me to build her another table like the one she has. This one is the exact same version, just shorter. She now has about 12’ so sewing table to accomidate her 5 sewing machines of all kinds(she’s like me—we need more tools). I put 4 drawers with full extention slides...
Just like with the plumb cut it is easier and more accurate to use the bottom rail as a guide to cut the arch rail. Here I use the bottom rail as a support for the swing arm to cut the curve in the arch rail. I start by lining up the two stiles with the rails so they are parallel. I have already marked a centerpoint on the bottom rail and positioned it 30” or so from the top of the top rail. Since I’m using the Milescraft circle guide it is very easy to reposition the swing ar...
So, now it’s time to put some parts together. I started with the leg assembly’s first. I decided to use 3-#20 biscuits, glue and screws. I thought about pocket screws, but I think for the legs the biscuits, glue and screws will be the strongest. I referenced all my slot cuts from the fence..this is important..either use the fence or the base, but don’t use both or you may have some alignment problems, depending on how your biscuit joiner is set up… Pretty straig...
I got a call the other day from my brother-in-law the auctioneer. He ask if I was interested in a couple of sanding tables. Knowing nothing about them I said sure I’ll give you 100.00 a piece for them. So they went through the sale and I got them both. I passed one along to another LJ who lives in my area and we split the expense. They came from a large cabinet company that went out of business. The bad news is that there were several nice tools that went very cheap the week b...
Oil-based finishes are typically the first type of finish we confront as woodworkers, be it straight oil or a can polyurethane. Although they are all derived from oil, these finishes can vary widely in terms of application method, durability, and maintenance. The key to understanding these finishes is to understand their ingredients. With that foundation in your tool belt, you can start looking at ingredients lists instead of brand names and labels, and you’ll know exactly what to ex...
It’s one of those questions..like if a tree falls in the woods, and theres nobody there to hear you saw it up into boards, does it make a sound? So, I guess I will have to figure out a way to safely rip these sheets down solo…. something inspired…something eloquent, something…ah, hell wheres the saw horses and the plastic banquet table! I kid you not here it is in all it’s git ‘er done glory.. I screwed some 2×4 blocks to the saw horses then use...
I was always fustrated when I went into a music store. All they ever had were the metal ones with the foam neck and body supports. I never liked those. So—I deceided to come up with a stand of my own design.I actually started about 5 months ago working on the design, but always got side-tracked by other projects. I kept working and re-working the design, and went through plenty of scrap plywood, trying this and that, getting the right angle for the neck rest and body supports. Figuring ...
I’m so close! The clamps are holding the oak backer board on … which is holding the mirror in place. The top oak trim cap is just sitting there. The bottom trim cap was a no-show on photo day. It looks suspiciously like the top piece. BUT … I’m almost done! The trim blocks (the four corner pieces that surround the frame) are glued on. I’m going to run the top and bottom edges through my jointer, along with the top and bottom cap pieces … just to ...
I started woodworking when I was in fourth year of secondary school. In that year I was able to attend the woodworking class once a week. Then I joined the Woodworker club of my school and with that I was allowed to use the wood shop after school but I was never allowed to use the machines in there.I was from a poor family and I needed a few chisels.As I was allowed into the hand tool store I stole one chisel per week by putting them in my trouser pocket . I stopped when I had taken five chis...
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