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...
Wow! I’m impressed. Thanks to all of you out there that have made me feel so welcome. Great to be part of the gang. OK, here’s what’s going on. I’m setting up my dust collection system. Two weeks ago, I made my chop saw an integral part of my work bench. It can still be removed to take to remote sites when necessary, but most of the time it’s handy and ready to work. I’ll be posting photos of projects and the shop too as things come together. IR...
Again another deviation from my original design. I was going to go with flat oak drawer faces. We decided to mimic the rail and stiles of the doors just a little slimmer with a centre oak panel. We did that, not without problems. I goofed on my first round of rail and stiles because I measured the exact length of the rails, neglecting to take into account the 1/2” tenon on both ends used by the rail and stile bits. Fortunately I had just enough wood left over to make a new set with abou...
Well, made some progress on my 10×12 storage shed last weekend, and going today to get the siding, roof sheathing, roofing felt, etc. to finally dry this thing in. Here’s a pic of the frame with the rafter ties and rafters that I added last weekend. I was a ladder monkey getting all the nailing done at each rafter end. Framing nailer is a godsend as I am not a toe nailer or even a straight nailer for that matter!! Will post again when I have the window in and siding on, whic...
I’ve finally started building my router table. But before I could do even do that I had to build myself a couple jigs. Since I don’t have a table saw yet I built a guide for my circular saw so that I could at least cut a straight line. I’ve heard that the table saw is the most important woodworking tool. But from my reading I’ve made the following observations about table saws: Table Saws vary a great deal in quality The difference in quality makes a huge dif...
This is the installation of the 17 beds in the Chi Omega house. These were installed in the third floor attic rooms. It all went fairly smooth. Everything fit together like it was suppose to, nothing got damaged on the way there, and we made good time, considering total travel time was 6 hours up there an back. We installed them in 5 hours with 5 people. We did have one problem, contractor wasn’t finished with the smaller room that was to house the 4 bookcase bunk beds. We assembled the...
Seems you all post when you find a good bit of stick.I bought a stack of New Guinea Rosewood, and when I dressed a bit of it this is what I found.
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