Bought a house with no front entrance… I was tired of people walking through my garage (AKA Shop) to get in the house. After a little Auto-CAD and alot of elbow grease, these are the fruits of my labour.
This is a simple bed I just finished for my middle son. It’s the first time I’ve ever made a bed. It’s not perfect, but should be very functional. It’s made from 1×4 lumber grade cedar. I used a belt sander to smooth out the rough side of the lumber and a router with a round over bit to smooth out the edges. I’m in the process of coating it with three coats of polycrylic satin.
Continuing with the trunkPictures #1 Soaking the wood for the “straps” #2 Jig on top used to route a groove in the dome for fitting the end panels(little out of sequence here) #3 Another picture of the jig—you will use this later also #4 Jig with added blocks for the bending #5 Jig with the soaked pieces for the lid clamped in #6 Jig and heat gun. I used the heat gun to dry out the straps after clamping in the jig. This works okay but I think it also works bet...
Does anyone have this paticular Jointer I need to ask a couple of question about the knives. Deta sent me some new knives but they stick out 1/4” into the rabbit slot. I double and triple checked and they are the correct part number for this machine. Here are some pictures so you can see for yourself. Thanks if anyone can help.I have been without a jointer now going on four months. The Buffet that I was building will be rotten by the time I get back to it. And I do certainly do miss my ...
As I reminisce over projects, jobs, and situations I’ve endured over the decades, there has often been a lot of sleepless nights I’ve endured. There are just too many mean people out there, and it’s actually naive to think that a common identity as woodworking brothers and sisters suggests any kind of implicit harmony among us.I was well acquainted with hands-on woodworking by the time I entered ‘Practical Arts’ program at my junior high. My projects often got ...
Today will certainly be a full day. Right now it is quiet, but as soon as the hour is decent, I need to start working on my two trays to cut out. I had a good day yesterday. We went to our friend’s house on the little lake and the colors were just amazing. Even though it was raining and the skies were gray most of the day, it didn’t take away from the incredible colors of the trees. It is that rare time when you can see all the colors at once – red, orange, gold and green...
Well, so far the weekend has been slowly productive. LOML has other ideas for what I should be doing, so I am squeezing what shop time in that I can around lawn and garden work, sanding drywall, and coding a web site… I have been able to at least get SOME work done… Thus far I have… Pulled the lawn and garden rack that is in the way, relocated the rolling mechanics tool box, and the Thien Cyclone. I have yanked the 4” port off the Thien and installed the 5”...
Well guys, with the motor back in one piece (and running) I found myself ready to move on to the casing for the actual saw. So, with my el-crapo (Skil) finishing sander and some 100 grit sandpaper, I went to town removing old paint and rust from the saw. I had to be super careful not to destroy the badges. So there’s the saw after a good cleaning and sanding, and here it is with primer. I did make a boo boo, and tried to sand out a run with 100 grit (stupid, stupid, stup...
Saturdays can be tricky for me. I want to work in my shop. My wife wants us to go out somewhere… anywhere. Today we struck a happy medium. I took her out shopping for baby stuff (we’re working on an adoption) and she didn’t sigh even once when I pulled the car into the Woodcraft in Addison.. I had my #5 Bailey with me so I could check out a Hock blade but they didn’t have any in stock. I ended up buying a Pinnacle blade by IBC. I also bought a set of Groz engi...
Picked up this 32” Jointer Plane at an antique store sale today. Looks in great shape, 2.5” iron is a bit nicked but was quite sharp. No marking on the plane itself, but has “Spear & Jackson” stamped on the iron. Looks original to the plane. I’m hoping I’ll be able to use it after a little tune up. Can anyone tell me anything more about this style of plane? There’s a little wooden ‘button’ or something on the top near the front...
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