Well I got the eight 10 footers done, now have to make the four 4 footers. Got the rest of the Red Cedar cut and milled too. This little project has set me back $175 for the Western Cedar, on sale at that, and $30 for the Stainless Steel Screws so far. Good thing I didn’t do a cost analysis first. It just kinda amazes me that I dropped 200 bucks on something this simple, hope it works and lasts. If nothing else it will look better and make it easier to tend the gardens so at least it ha...
I am so friggin’ psyched! I’m going to WWIA this October. Here’s my schedule. If you are going let me know we can have a beer together.
It has been more than a month since I posted my last blog here on the workbench. I kept meaning to post but I always thought I was one weekend away from being done. For all purposes the bench is done now. Yes I need to touch up one of the jaws of the end vise and drill two dog holes in the other jaw’s pad but I do consider it done now. Yes, the bench is based on the Popular Woodworking LVL (glubou) workbench but it has taken on it’s own spirit. The top and leg vice are Oak, the e...
Hello All, I did some more practice, but I can’t just write about that every night, so I bought two new chisels online. I decided to have a bit of fun with the ole blog tonight…hope you find it better than a ‘kick to the head’. http://bit.ly/cQUhpc Brian p.s. That is an old tag line for the University of Iowa student radio station, “Better than a kick to the head.”, it still makes me laugh.
My wife and I were visiting our families up in North Carolina. As usual I tried to spend a little time out in the shop and while out behind the shop I ran into a stack of lumber that I had almost forgotten about. About two years ago we had to demo my Great Grandmother’s old house as the state was building a new four-lane and the old house turned out to be a casualty of progress. After removing the old plaster we realized that about 90% of the framing in the house was chestnut or ...
Right I’ve re-arranged the dark and light maple to different areas of the board, matched grain patterns as much as I can and am now preparing for the glue up. This above pic shows how I am planning to tackle partial glue-up if the glue setting time starts to become an issue.The eight softwood sticks allow for straight rectangular clamping at glue-up.This shows, at the top, the pattern ready for moving to the glue-up frame, bottom. The seperate right hand section of the pattern is the mi...
I know this is a little past its time but I found this video I had made when I was designing the lifting mechanism for Box of Chocolates. In the video I am just using my finger to slide the bottom cam plate. On the box that would be done by grabbing the handle under the box and pulling it towards you. Also, the cans of paint are sitting on the dowel lifting plate. i just don’t have the dowels glued into it yet. Hopefully this helps everybody understand the mechanism better. Well...
So my labor day weekend was fun filled, with all kinds of barbecue. All told I used up 6.5 16lb bags of charcoal, and a mess of pecan smoking wood… No not all of it for cooking. If you might recall I had intended on burning out a rather large (36” ish stump) from my fence line that was from an ike downed tree, and a couple of much smaller stumps (3” and 4” respectively, again right along the fence line). Well the 36” is now history, down at least 6” belo...
The following photos represent several days of building. This definitely feels like the SLOW part in the middle of the project. But by the end of today I felt like I was over the hump. The “Stretchers” There is something indescribably beautiful about a heavy chunk of lumber before it gets milled. Here is the piece I will use for what I call the “stretchers” that run from side to side along the bottom edges of the cabinet. Crosscut Rip Joint ...
My wife had a knee replacement surgery last week and now I am doing all the shopping, cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc. while she recovers. I’m also taking her to therapy and running errands. I didn’t realize how much time all of this would take. I have 3 woodworking projects with tight deadlines. I’m feeling more pressure than I am comfortable with. Why do I make these commitments?
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