Hey Guys and Gals, Well SWMBO has spoken, (again)LOL. She has told me that the bed can wait a little longer. She is now wanting the office done. That should not be too bad. I have a 3 foot wide by 6 foot long walnut book matched veneer table top that my father made 20 + years ago. I have one cabinet support for the top. I am going to build another one. I am also going to attach a 2×4 to the wall to act as a ledger. Then I need to get either glass or plexiglass to cover the top to prot...
The ever popular Joel over at Tools for Working Wood (also Grammery Tool), whom I also got my excellent Holdfasts from, has produced a nice bowsaw kit. I’ve been interested in picking up a tool like this for a while, as I’m inherently lazy, and I don’t like to take the resaw blade off my bandsaw for light scroll work, so I’ve been considering a hand tool to save me that time. The website also makes some excellent measured drawings available in PDF form, even if you...
I will try and share as much information about my cyclone as I can. When I first got started I went to Home Depot and to just see what they had. I found an 8” x 24” duct that was split down the middle, next I found cut off pieces of 2” PVC 24” long, in the plumbing area I found 2” rubber couplers with band clamps on both ends, all I needed now was a 5 gallon bucket and I had all the parts I needed. I didn’t take any pictures during construction so I ...
Posting this way after the fact but just in case anyone finds this blog and wonders how it all turned out you can see the completed bench here :)
This project is something a little different. It is a bedroom wall unit, not a murphy wall bed, but one with piers, headboard, mirrors and a light bar. The kind where the bed just sits in front of it. The twist on this one is I will be adding a canopy to it. This will be a canopy like the old waterbed style, with the mirrors in the top. I’ve built both the Accent style wall unit and the canopy in the past, but have never combined the two. I’ll start with a style that I built before an...
I was at a blogsite http://villagecarpenter.blogspot.com/ and followed a link to some archived video. I spent the better part of a day watching and marveling over these glimpse into the past. I think it is the fact that these were utilitarian items made for everyday use and although some artistry was involved most important was that the piece function. These craftsmen developed the skills to economically produce a no frill product. If you can take the time to watch you will notice that there...
So, we decided that 72” was a bit overpowering. I yanked the pseudo-top out into the garage and cut a foot off, and then to preserve the Golden Ratio (we just watched a documentary about the Parthenon), cut the width down to 37”. This size is much better, and is more amenable to placing a Limbert Lamp Table or sideboard in the dining area. It seats six comfortably instead of eight, but we’d rather setup another table or TV trays instead of having a monolithic table 24/7. ...
I picked up a used and abused Rockwell 14” bandsaw a couple of months ago and have been slowly working on restoring and making it useful again. It was in a body shop and used HARD. It was covered with splashed body filler and paint, the bottom wheel was missing the tire, and the blade was tensioned, the guides and bearings were shot and the main shaft was history. The bearing on the main shaft had gone bad many moons ago and gouged the shaft to the point of no return. I slowly began to ...
Between the All Star game on one channel and USA v. China Men’s Volleyball on the other, I thought I’d squeeze in a short entry. The design of this gate is a little different from the first. I like to change up the designs so I can experiment with new or different skills. There is an existing gate hanging from a galvanized pipe frame that is very sturdy so I wanted to attach the new gate to this frame. Here’s the sketchup model. What I’ve learned about lap j...
So, between TreeFrogFurniture.BlogSpot.com and Robert Lang’s book “More Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture”, I decided that the corner of our dining room could stand an accent table. TreeFrog has built two different styles, so I “borrowed” the plans for the one I liked (he posted them online) and made my first template. I’m going to wait to make the interior template until I have the shell complete. The angles make things a bit messy. Like Tre...
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