The last post logically progresses to the above question. Ironically The Wood Whisperer has helped me out again with this new posting on his site: http://thewoodwhisperer.com/pricing-your-work/ He shares his technique with the disclaimer that he his not a business consultant and you can certainly consider the same for me. Anyway, the method that he shares is similar to mine and has worked well in the few paying projects I’ve done thus far. I’m pretty handy with Sketchup as w...
thanks to all of you who welcomed me to the site. It looks like a great place share ideas and enthusiasm. for some of us woodworking (&/or fishing-guitar playing-kayaking-camping, etc) is cheaper and more effective than the psychiatrist we might otherwise be hiring All the Best to all the Lumberjocks.
I wont be winning any prizes, but figured I’d give dovetails a shot. you’ve got to try em at least once, right? i didnt use a pattern, just drew them on at an 80º angle, non-even spacing, and traced the tails onto the other board for the pins. if you can imagine, i’m actually impressed with my ability to saw in a straight line! now I just need to decide which side of the line i need to be cutting on! So they’re a bit loose (which is why they fit the first time),...
Even the best woodworker sometimes get gaps around their dovetails or box joints, This is probably more of a problem for hand cut joints than ones done with a router jig. It can be pretty frustrating to get just one or very few gaps when the rest are all ok. The problem is that someone who wants to show off their craftsmanship certainly does not want to fill gaps with wood putty or other fillers because it’s pretty obvious. A couple of years ago I read in FWW magazine about how to fi...
I just had to share this with you folks because I just can’t stop laughing. I recently got a slab of wood from fellow LJ BlueStingRayBoots and finally took it out to the shop to see what it looked like. After I planed off some of the saw marks some really georgeous grain appeared. It was worlds better than I expected. So I told the wife about it and we started talking about what I should make with it. Her response was classic. She said, “How about something like this, on...
Anyone know Japanese? These are from YouTube user kinohaguruma, and they’re a young child’s dream come true. These are the kinds of things I always wanted to build out of wood growing up, and still do, but I also recognize the monumental effort required now. I chose 3 of them for the post here, each getting more complex and awesome, but there are more at the link above.
So I managed to get the nut off the end of the old cutter head finally… I realized that my bench vise isn’t here and had to improvise a bit. Thankfully I had a pipe wrench handy and I wasn’t terribly concerned about mucking up the old head so I held it on the ground with the pipe wrench and used a pipe on the end of a ratchet to get the needed leverage. Thinking I was home free I grabbed the pulley off… put it on the helical head… grabbed the nut that had give...
I recently realized that there is not enough info for people who are interested in getting started in woodworking as a hobby. I tend to think that a lot of curious people are overwhelmed by woodworking shows and web sites. Norm Abram is one of my heros, but I can’t help but wonder if new woodworkers get discouraged thinking that woodworking can only take place at such a high end. As woodworkers, I think we should encourage new folks to simply get a few tools and saw some wood! If I coul...
I left off yesterday beginning to mark the rails for this contraption I’m making.I suppose I could measure them to length, cut them, and nail/screw/biscuit them in, but that would be too easy!! I’m going to use the old “tried and true” through tenons. There is going to be three rails but, for now, I’m only going to work on the outside ones. The middle one is going to have a somewhat different fate…I marked the tenons using just the ruler itself being the gu...
Okay put the top on the cabinets today, finished both sides now just have to sand up to 220 and apply finish
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