Porter Cable Routers have always had a home in my workshop. Over the years they have changed and its interesting to see in what ways. I have noticed several things about how the routers are viewed. Rumor has it that Porter Cable has been bought out and that has several mixed emotions to it. I also have noticed several comments about the way that they are built and the quality of the parts used. I am really interested in some comments and thoughts from seasoned woodworkers. I read an int...
Taking 35 year old crib and turning it into a toy box #2: Design, milling, and corners (and WAY over budget)
Wow, this is an expensive hobby. I mulled around a bunch of different design ideas and every time, it would require a new tool or skill. I’ve settled on a frame-like box, so I can put the spindles inside the frame part. I am going to build 3 frames with 1/4 maple backing so I can put the spindles on. Back will be solid maple. The corners are going to be mitre. I am going to use biscuits on the mitre edges, top, and back. Do people really think that is “cheating” on wood wor...
Some of you will have received a PM from me regards the cost of shipping the Torque Work Centre to the US. For those who may require this info and have not received it. Most people on the continental US will be able to have the machine [configured similar to mine .. 2 meter by 600mm table with 900 mm outfeed on the arm.. including copy. saw and drill optional attachments, shipping and insurance,], delivered to their door for between US$3900 and US$4100 depending on actual address.The ...
This is a followup to the forum post on Japanese cedar (or ‘Sugi’ as I was told on the forum). Trying to move these large logs turned into a project in and of itself. Saturday was a crazy day – Friday afternoon had shown the limits on 2 grown men’s ability to lift 500 lbs with their bare hands (and a teacher and a finance guys’ hands at that – not a powerhouse combo). We were able to move 4 of the smaller logs, but not the big ones. There was still a mound of lumber...
So I wasn’t too happy with the look of the front stays on this gate. And I had also made another router mistake when cutting the rabbet. What to do? What to do? Seems like I’m always messing things up. Well time for a design enhancement. I had the idea when doing the first gate that a molding that framed the panel might look good. Seems like a good time to try it out. Since I had also received my new, longer, circle cutting bar for my Milescraft cirlce jig, now seeme...
I purchased a couple used handplanes at a local garage sale. Both planes, a #5 and a #4, were purchased for $20 each. They were quite rusted and in pretty bad shaped. I used a belt sander to do a rough cleanup of all the parts. I then used my diamond honing stones to progressively flatten and smooth all surfaces. I also lapped the top and bottom of the blades and then sharpened them. I think I did pretty good for my first try. I wish I had some way to professionally grind the surfaces ...
Well, the bike is gone and the tools are here: I’ll be posting review on some of them here shortly. I spent most of the day in the garage playing with the new tools, and I’m very pleased. The only thing I haven’t used much is the inflatable drum sander, but that’s more for the wife than for me.
I was piddling around the workshop the other day and as usual I just want to make something. Well I decided that I would make a air compressor caddy that would afford me a work table on top so I could have someplace to put down the various tools that I used on various projects. I didn’t want to go out and buy some lumber for this so I started looking around for some scraps that would suit the purpose. Did I have any scraps? Hmmmmm. Like most wood workers we just don’t throw out an...
I picked up today where I left off yesterday, and finished the longer mortise in the end cap. that was one hell of a mortise, I hope I don’t have to make them at that magnitude too often (read – ever again). But it all fits perfectly and snug. The end cap currently protrudes (by design) 1/16” off the bench top, so that I can trim it flush later, otherwise you run into the (most likely) possibility that the end cap will be below the top of the bench. I also drilled and fit th...
I lost my dad to lung cancer almost two years ago. His passion was his talent of working with wood which I am going to miss tremendously. Because I was such a fan of his work and my husband also enjoys tinkering with wood, my dad left his wood working tools to me. After his Joiner & Planer have set in my garage for 1 1/2 years, I have made the decision to sell them to someone who will be able to use and enjoy them as much as he did. Although after he purchased them, he became ill so t...
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