I started trying to make some zero clearance inserts for my saw so I can start cutting up the wood for the blanket chest I am working on. I have never done this before so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I looked around at premade inserts and could not find one specifically for the used saw I picked up. I did find some blank sheets of laminate coated phenolic made by Leecraft. The one I ordered was the Leecraft BK-1. It is about 1/2” thick and is 11” by 15”. ...
I just finished reading Tom Lovino’s article in Wood Magazine and I have to say it really hit home. I even gave the article to my girlfriend to read and when she was done she said “that sounds just like you!”. If you haven’t read the article, the basic idea is that he was talking to a friend of his who was really bent out of shape because he couldn’t get his table saw into alignment any better than .002 inches. Then, he remembered that his friend is an engineer...
An old wooden filing cabinet I rescued from a dump and re-cycled.When I found it my plan was to return it to its former glory, but after stripping I found that the frame was made of reasonable wood (?) but the sides were plywood and the drawer fronts some banal wood. I therefor decided to re-design it, Staining the cheap wood black, varnishing the frame, and replacing the old “name plate” handles with modern brass. It now serves as a filing cabinet in my wife’s office.ItR...
I started my newest project today. The latest issue of Wood magazine has a Pine Cabinet on the cover that will go very well in our kitchen at home. I am also going to build a second one or at least the lower half for my nephew who is getting married in July. This is the stack of lumber to start. Hopefully this is what it will become over time.This is a scanned photo from Wood magazine. Today I cut sides and bottom of base cabinet to length, and glued up the panels. I am going to ...
here are sets of 9,10,12,13 out of oak. I did make the same out of poplar but I think oak is the way to go. my be even Q swan oak because of grain direction. will see if they split on me. I even put some treed on a pair of the 13’s to try. The manager are happy with the prototype but I told them i need some testing to see were impovments need to be made. simple constructionCut out shoe size on band sawLayout and cut joints on band sawlay out R and L shoeI used a 1/4...
Just a short note to let anyone interested know that I should be posting the blog on making a wooden hinge similar to the one on my Stickwork box project post tomorrow.
I’ve been doing nothing but perfecting my turning for Russian-style lace spindles. I even experimented with French spindles too. People have noticed and I have been sending off a freshly turned spindle to a far flung corner of the United States at the rate of about one a week. Between that and teaching classes, I had to go out and get a proper business license and start paying taxes. I would like to branch out to some other areas as well, but right now my heart is in practicing my...
Revamping and Updating my Old Shop #9: Long range planning - how to gain wall space and storage space.
I have reasonable workbench and floor space if you include my project tables. But I am really short of wall space and storage space. Mounting Systems I am going to do the french cleat thing on all walls that are available after removing any pegboard, the old cabinets from my first kitchen remodel in 1985, and some other cabinets as well. I will also put french cleats on the attached garage walls, and there may be room for some storage in the garage that way. Wiring The wiring will...
Shortly after completing my shop in 2003, I bought an Incra V27 Miter-gauge. This adjustable Miter-gauge fence I made for it has been one of my most used accessories. I use it mostly on the band saw, but also on the table saw and router table. When I made the fence, I had no thick lumber, so I glued together two pieces of 3/4” oak – then reduced its thickness to about 1-1/8”. The overall length is about 15” land the height is 2-1/4”. The two threaded stu...
A couple of months ago, I added a compressor, and pnuematic nailers to my tool arsenal, which is all well and good. I created a nice cubby hole as it were for the compressor directly underneath the dust collector which sits on a riser stand of sorts… I did not, however, make accomodations for the nailers, or for that matter the majority of the junk that was on my original workbench… So some cleaning and organizing was in order… Now for those that don’t recall, I ...
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