I am going to a woodworking class in April in Kentucky. I am a novice woodworker and I am getting nervous. I will be making a small table with a dovetail drawer. I have never made a table or a dovetail. I figured I better try here at home so I bought some poplar and have started a table. The glue up on the table top went well and I am having fun with the plane trying to make it nice and smooth. I hope there is some thickness to it when I am done. I discovered that I should have made the morti...
I feel like this project has taken forever, but when you have limited time and work on another project in the middle I guess it does. I have everything done but the Spar Polyurethane for the top (first coat was applied this morning). I chose spar for the top because it may be subject to spilled liquids being used in a kitchen. Here are some pictures of “almost finished cabinet”. A second view. A third view. And a view of closed cabinet. After painting with milk paint I...
I love the people here. And I am amazed on how many blog and posts there are. Didn’t really notice until the other day. I’ve been in the hospital the biggest part of the last 3 weeks. It’s taken me the better half of 3 days going through the stuff, and I’m still not done. But thats ok I really enjoy reading them..
So ever since I got bitten by the woodworking bug, the wife has been tolerant but hardly supportive. I can understand that, since I’ve mostly been spending money on tools, and spending time in the garage. So I was pleasantly surprised today when she agreed to let me use my minimal woodworking skills to makeover our home office, something we’ve been thinking about for a long time. Originally, we were planning on simply getting a desk and storage system from Ikea (I know, I k...
I was asked a while ago if I could make a set of plans for the Mission Bed in this series. It took a while but I have finished it, and am making it available free of charge to anyone who would like it. Just click the link below and it will download to your computer. It’s 47 megs in size, so depending on your connection it might take a little while.Thanks for your time,-d Here’s the link: Link to Missions Bed Drawing Package Here are some samples of the package: ...
We are nearing the end of our journey, but we’re not home yet. Assembly of the blank, while not difficult, has at least one critical step. Here are the parts laid out for assembly: From Red Acetate Pen A pen press can help oreint the parts so they press together squarely, ensuring all interfaces are seamless. Here, the point is pressed into the lower blank. From Red Acetate Pen The most important step of the whole process happens here. The transmission advances the ball of t...
When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone.Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for; and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, “See! This our father did for us.” – John Ruskin
Last we left our intrepid turner, he had completed the major shaping operations. The skew leaves a decent finish, and one can generally move to a relatively fine abrasive such as P240 grit as shown here. From Red Acetate Pen To ensure a near perfect surface, it’s critically important to move through the grits of abrasive without missing any grits. Be certain that all the scratches from the previous grit have been removed before moving on, and wipe the pen after each grit to remove...
The scary router table plate has been successfully drilled and connected to the router. Upon completion of this crucial step, there was a brief period of dancing. This of course was followed by 3 minutes of cheering from the imaginary crowd, and when the aforementioned crowd demanded a curtain call, I happily obliged. Historically, when I have approached the end of a task, the last 10% seems to be a dreadful pain to complete. I can’t say if I have reached the 90% complete mark, but ...
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