Working Hands Make Good Progress ….and so here i go again,sliding across the grains of wood,kicking up some sawdust as i plough a plane,looking to be fitted in tight for all good…. And so it was that Tuesday evening I managed to get this one finished up and started tweaking the saw to achieve it’s height of perfection, in the midst of cutting for ‘wood joinery’. One could call this one a ‘dovetail saw’....’sliding dovetail saw’....’push...
It’s Been Launched! I just got my website up and running- http://amcraftsman.com. I still have to get a “Contact Us” page posted, and maybe tweek it a little. I will do that in the next day or two. I have been working my butt off here in Ohio. The work days are long, then I have to go home and figure out my computer and how to build a website. God Bless Apple Computers! I love my Mac and the potential that I have with it. You guys have to understand that I h...
Last time I discussed gluing up the legs, well the first lesson I learned is that gluing up pieces is more challenging than I thought. First I have 4 new Jet parallel clamps but I wanted to glue up 4 legs with 3 pieces of 4/4 stock each then cut them to size. So I thinks to myself – if I glue all of them up at once and put all four legs in the same clamps I could clamp all of them at the same time. I had glue everywhere! It is hard to keep all of the lumber aligned appropriately when ap...
I gave a call to Chip last night to see what he’s been up to. He’s been missing on LJ for around a month. He and a friend had an opportunity to purchase a house in NJ on the bay at Avalon. It had two appartments and they are modifying it to be a single family home. They gutted the first floor, and did some rearrangeing for entry foyer etc. Here are a few photo’s that he sent. He might put these in a project later but he’s still hard at work. He’s not sure i...
Well, I have started on the paid bookshelf job. This one is unlike jobs before in that I have a deadline that I have to meet. It is really stressing me out because there are still too many unknowns. Every time I get started on a job like this I say I will never do it again. Then, when the time comes, the income I can gain from the little work gets the best of me and I end up doing it again. And, I end up saying I’ll never do it again. I have a friend who told me once that when a h...
Just for giggles, I did a standing coin test with the Nova DVR-XP. Many of you know, this is a new toy…er tool to my shop. I haven’t gotten a lot of time to enjoy it, but I have done a few things. The lathe is fantastic, smooth, lots of power and is a significant upgrade to the lathe I had before. In this series, I’m going to demonstrate some hollowing tools including the famous Termite and the Proforme Hollowers. In this little video, I just do the coin test. The LCD ...
I’m going to try and enter my next project into the wood joinery contest. I’m going to try and modify the Rockler music box plan to satisfy the wood joinery requirements. I think the challenge is going to be the sides. So I’m looking for ideas on how to joint the sides. They call for simple miter joints but that won’t work for the wood joinery contest. Please comment with any ideas. http://images.rockler.com/rockler/images/41898-md.jpg This picture shows a glass ...
The wood bug bites After painting the house and finishing the shed, I got heavier into woodworking. I had now built several tables, and other projects, but was frustrated by lack of space to work. The garage had been demolished by a previous owner so any wood projects meant driving to class or hauling my tools out of the shed and basement. The backyard when we bought the house. Note the dead trees and the massive eucalyptus stump from a tree that had fallen 20 years earlier.The dila...
Well, that seemed to work OK so I thought I’d give you a little more detail about what I am doing. First, I work out of the garage which is shared by many of my other hobbies so space is at a premium. Due to this project I have added several pieces of equipment and I am in the process of building some jigs to help in construction adding to the garage congestion. Enough, on with the project…. The entertainment center is going to be 66 inches long, just over 22 inches high and 24 in...
Well, I have never Blogged before so I thought I would try and see how things go. I am really just getting serious about my woodworking; previously I have been a wood hack! I have begun my first real test, that is, I am attempting to build an entertainment center for a large screen TV. My wife likes “Mission” style pieces so I did some research and designed my first piece of furniture based upon that style. The process is just getting started but has already led to many first for me. If I ca...
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