Pretty much finished up on the fence install today. Overall this install has taken very little time, and mainly had to wait for a new measuring strip to finish it up. The replacement measuring strip came today and just took a few minutes to line up and install on the tube. I really like the new tape as it is bright white, metallic, and easy to read. It is a Starrett tape. I will keep the OEM fence, because I keep stuff forever thinking I will need it, but also should I decide to drill s...
As promised the final steps to making the box. First thing I did is cut the lid by measuring the sides and lengths of the box compartment.Once I had this cut out I ran two passes through the router to make my grooves for the inlay wood. Next while the router was still warmed up I ran the box through the router table at a 45 Degree angle to make the splines in the miters. I dont have a dedicated jig built yet so excuse the poor man’s feeder. Once this was done I glue...
To save costs and time is always welcome in any project, no matter how large is a woodworking plan. One of the tools that make the job easier, cleaner and cheaper is a nesting software.Some of the greatest advantages of a nesting software is to easily create optimal cutting plans, maximizing the material usage, avoiding calculation errors and anticipating with precision how many sheets or panels are necessary for the project, before actually buying them. The ability to try different layouts u...
”Dreams are made possible if you try.” ...Terry Fox This episode is part of the Let's Build Series Woodworking Techniques: 1.) Cutting 45 degree miters using a flat board miter sled on the Table Saw.2.) Cutting dados on the Table Saw using a Sacrificial Fence.3.) Sneaking up on table saw cuts with the aid of shims. In this online video tutorial we continue the woodworking process of using an exotic wood in the construction of a jewelry box. The walls and base of thi...
Finally, enough chaos seems to have subsided and I can spend some time on some projects. Woodsmith magazine had plans for a library stand made out of White Oak. I have a family bible boxed away that this would make a good display for, as well as allowing me to get rid of a stand or two that I am not overly fond of. A few months ago, a few of the Michigan LJs went to a mill in Michigan and I picked up close to 20 board feet of quartersawn white oak for the project. I got a pretty goo...
So I had a few things on my to do list this weekend. For starters, I have been driving the pickup for the last month as the safety inspection sticker on the Saturn had expired, and the brakes were squeaking, that would instantly fail me… So after work on Friday, I went to Auto Zone, and grabbed a set of Ceramic pads. Now I do NOT have a brake lathe anywhere near me, but I DID resurface my rotors. How those of you with inquiring minds ask. Simple… I have made a conical chuck to hol...
Well I finished working on the box, but I am not entirely satisfied with the outcome. I will post the final pictures when I get home later for you all to see. My prototype box was built from 3/8” pine, the new box is built from 1/2” walnut, I thought the 3/8” width was pretty wide already but now with the 1/2” it just looks real blocky (if thats an actual term). If I intend to make boxes using the 1/2” thick lumber my boxes are going to need to be much larg...
I did wind up taking advantage of the beautiful day yesterday and I played ‘hookie’. It was a beautiful and warm day and it was just too tempting for me to resist spending some time outside. I am looking at all the things that I have to do today however and I am certainly going to pay the price for it. Not really, but there are things that I have to get done that I need to do today and the list is a bit longer than I wanted. I know today will go by fast. We wound up going t...
Sheet goods that just sit on the floor aren’t very mobile. When I can’t move stuff around my shop, I can’t maximize the space. So I need to organize those sheets properly and get them on wheels. I designed a new Sheet Goods Rack, but I’m not 100% satisified yet. I looked online but didn’t really find what I wanted, and I can’t do the pivoting rolling rack on hinges some of you have done. Check out my design over at my blog and let me know what you thi...
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