As a busy summer winds down, I finally had a chance to get into the shop. Spend the day cleaning up clutter arrangong the floor mats and setting down a list of things I would like to get done before winter sets in. As my shop is small, everything is on casters and those on my sjoberg bench need to be made retractable to lower the bench to a better work height. I have three drawers that need to be installed on full extension glides under another bench. (I moved these from Milwaukee 2 and ...
Ok, I have this sliding door that just wouldn’t slide smoothly through the slot in the wood! Grrr, this was a problem. It can’t work like this. There must be a better way. I was making sawdust pushing it in and out and that can’t be good… the slot – there’s two btw… The plans were none to clear, in fact they call for a wooden dowel. How long would that last before wearing out? So, I opted for the smooth shank on a 1/4” wood bolt. Hacked t...
Hello All, I did a very simply inlay today. It was really quite thrilling. Inlays are cool. Now I need to try something without straight lines. The title of my blog post is ‘Valley of Mediocrity’, which made me chuckle. Sometimes that is my only goal. :-) http://su.pr/2aD7RF Brian
starting to look a bit decent with some stain on it. Just updating my progress…I’m a bit anxious to finish this one
Well, I finally got to the dry fit. It took forever. I know I still have a lot to do before these are finished, but to see it assembled felt great after all the mess ups I’ve had to fix. I still have a couple more minor things to do such as planing down the top aprons a bit, and a few of the tenons aren’t as snug as I’d like, but other than that it went together really well. I could always reglue piece and then redo the tenon, but at this point I kind of just want to mo...
I’ve been commissioned to create a custom keepsake box to be used as part of a wedding ceremony which has to incorporate a piece of green Irish Connemara marble. The client sent me a 12”x 12” piece of marble floor tile which I had to have cut into the appropriate sizes to be used for the sides and top of the box.Photo of 12” x 12” Connemara Marble tile (color is greener than this pic) I sent the client some pics of different woods and he decided to go with F...
The Great Garage Reorganization and Shop Improvement Act #9: Getting benched and board (pegboard that is)
I finally got around to a little more work in the garage/shop. I started building a new workbench and I finally got some pegboard put up. First, the workbench. I wanted to rebuild my existing workbench to make the top a little bigger and so I could add a vise and bench dogs. As I was contemplating how to do this, a Shop Notes magazine came in the mail with a nice, inexpensive design that I thought would work well for me. Torsion box workbench I got started on it and it was coming ...
If you have sex with a prostitute against her will, is it considered rape or shoplifting? Can you cry under water? How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered? Why do you have to ‘put your two cents in’... but it’s only a ‘penny for your thoughts’? Where’s that extra penny going to? Once you’re in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eterni...
I was able to squeeze another good day in the shop around work. I ran off to buy some more oak, then got home and planed enough of it down to glue up the stretchers/aprons for the table ends. While the laminations were cooking, I decided to give the BeadLock Pro a whirl. Having made integral tenons with chiseled mortises, and loose tenons with the router, I have to say this method is considerably easier and faster. First, I was able to cut off the parts to their finished length, without...
How quickly things can sneak up on us! There are times that I wonder if it is something I do to myself, or is it just life’s way of keeping us on our toes. I guess when I find the true answer to that, I will be well on my way to having “all the answers”. (That was a joke – not an arrogant comment. I know that sometimes when I write things, my subtle sarcasm can get lost in the print) I want a 48 hour day. I guess the realist in me knows that that isn’t g...
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