Awhile back I had to do some scroll sawing with the table tilted. I found it difficult to hold the workpiece and move it around on the tilt, so I started trying to figure a way where I could keep the table flat and still saw at an angle. That required that I would have to be able to tilt the whole saw. I also wanted a scrollsaw table that was easily adjustable in height. This feature was important because my grandkids use the scrollsaw too, and they are still a lot shorter than me. I don...
During my short tenure with LJs, I have reaped a massive amount of information, tips and techniques pertaining to woodworking in general, tools for the shop and shop setup. The last couple of weeks, I have added a few items, subtracted some things and spent a lot of time practicing procedures. After spending a few evenings in the shop with a cold nose and numb hands, I decided it was time for some heat. One of my colleagues had given me a reclaimed propane heater, which was beat up and lea...
I finally received my shipment from Rockler. I opened up the packaging for one set of the AA powered quartz movement w/ pendulum and one package of the hands that I had selected. I assembled them and hung them on the wall. It took me a second (literally) to realize that the second hand was moving backwards. Also, the pendulum wouldn’t keep swinging. The hands also kept coming off the drive shaft. I reassembled after verifying the diagram on the back of the packaging. Still unacce...
Well, I don’t actually miss it. I have to wheel it out of the way every time I want to get to my workbench but I do miss working on fixing it up. It has been 16 days since I last posted anything about it and then it was just a video saying I hadn’t been able to work on it in 8 days. That’s like over 3 weeks of no progress.. WTF? I have been very busy doing home improvement type projects (Honey Do list stuff mostly). On a positive note, I did get the paint from De...
I’m making my first box (either a jewelry box or a nice tea box for the kitchen) and got to work on the sides and bottom last night. When I got everything cut out, and dry fit it all together, it fit perfectly! For someone who has struggled with making things square and getting mitered joint to line up even reasonably, I was literally jumping for joy! Hopefully another couple of night of work and I’ll be done. -Mike
Yes, we’ve all been there, falling for the instant product whose convenience makes it irresistable, but which always delivers less than it promises. I’m currently mid-way through a major project to build a full set of kitchen cabinets. Being a modern Scandinavian-American sort of guy, I like the stark look of clean lines so I went with a European frameless design for the cabinets. I’m using maple plywood (with veneer so thin that it’s more like “essence of map...
biog is all new to me and I hope this will help me to get beater.. I just got done with my first project it is a coffee cart for my church. The first Sunday it was used I could not go or I did not want to go .I did not want to hear if it was bad workmanship or you should have done it this way or not bad for you first time . but my wife told me it was all good come backs and they all love it . I learned a lot from this project and I will do better on the next project I do .I should not say ...
I was able to assemble my panels and start on the interior framework this weekend. Everything went smoothly for the most part. I did have a slight scare with my table mounted router. I had routed a 3/4” x 3/4” stopped rabbet on the legs of the dresser to accompany the interior framework. I used a 3/4 inch straight cutting bit and cut the rabbet progressively deeper over a series of 4 or 5 cuts. So far so good. Yesterday, I realized that the rabbet was not quite long ...
Ruminations, Philosophy, and Workshop Antics.......... #3: Nearly done with the table saw switch..........
I am nearly done with building my table saw switch mechanism using the original toggle switch. CHEAP, fun, and interesting. My rules are…. no new purchases allowed. Scrap box and odds-and-ends. Not done enough for pictures, lost a lot of time today for a variety of reasons, but did get some of the Sketchup stuff done, and got the mechanism to the point that a couple of hours will have it on the saw. The concept has been established in wood and a tiny bit of metal and works well. Mind yo...
Hi, I finally took some pics of my progress. What can I say…........I am slow, but I am hoping by Wednesday to get all of my bottom cabinets done enough to get them secured to the wall and get my countertops ordered. I still have 3 more cabinets to make. I have a raised panel that goes on the side of the refridgerator with a cabinet over top, and then I have 2 cabinets that I cannot install untill my counter top goes in, they fit on each side of the stove and the cabinets fit down on...
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