Looking good so far. Now its time to mangle the pretty box up with hardware. I used a jig and routed out the quadrant hinge form. Which fit nicely. Only to provide me a box with a 3/16 offset the first time around. I assumed I messed up the jig, so I planed the top and bottom flat again, and re-read the manual before attacking some scrap wood. 3/16th again. A few emails back to the manufacturer, and I got a new one. (Beall, best service in the biz!) Now, the next ro...
Of course, some of the dovetails looked straight out of a book. Some did not. Most were average. But there is hope! Tails are so very fixable. First, you cut a nice clean kerf with your dovetail saw. This makes the gap a uniform size. You shave off some nice thin and thick slivers and prepare some wedges. Slather glue liberally. I’m talking Democrat with a bailout plan style of liberal. Push/jam/pound wedges in (but don’t break em.) Oh...
Let there be layout marks! Here come the pins. I am a Klausian dovetailer. Yup, those were merely eyeballed. Out comes the Lie-Nielsen chisels from my fabulous wife (given to me when she was a Fiance). First we chop lightly just shy of the line. And relieve the light cut. This means when you use your strike line later, the shape of the chisel won’t push you back into the workpiece. Path of least resistance now works in your favor. And the other side ...
In the beginning, there was a big 8/4 mahogany board. And it was good. I cut a chunk offa the end, and surfaced it. Into the resaw blade it went. Then some sides and ends appeared. There was no need to do any advanced bookmatching, the grain is practically parallel, and the box will be tailed, not mitered.
Well, perhaps not to the day…Thanks to Martin’s suggestion that we open accounts with Facebook I was able to re-establish contact with a dear friend from college. I haven’t had any contact with Brad for twenty years, during which time he spent time as a street musician and artist in New Orleans and New York, built custom stairs and balusters in North Carolina, and finally through dint of hard work and night school became a lawyer and an appeals court judge. You will note th...
Calling all woodworkers in the greater Toronto area and others, don’t miss the Toronto wood show next weekend many of our fellow Lumberjocks will be present . Ryan Sherville will be building a walnut and birdseye maple tool chest and work table in the Master’s Workshop. There will be a raffle and a lucky winner will be going home with the chest AND the tools used to build it all proceeds are going to Habitat for humanity a truly great cause. So if you are around drop by and say hi to R...
Just a quick blurb to show the next couple of projects on the bench. Both of these designs are original modifications of existing furniture. I’ve taken ideas from several sources for each and combined what I thought might be esthetically pleasing and structurally effective elements. Again, both projects will be pushing (hard) the boundaries of my skill level and exploring new as yet for me, several untouched areas of the craft. I would appreciate any comments be they suggestions, ide...
Here’s a picture slideshow of the before and after of my Evapo-Rust experiance with my Stanley 9 1/2 plane.
Curved Panels - adding another dimension to woodworking. #3: Building a better form for curved panels - 201
In Part 2, I introduced the materials and methods. I mentioned that my form had a serious drawback and here I hope to explain why and send you down a better road. Here is the project – at least part of it: The edges of the panels come out of the bag looking pretty rough. I can’t think of a way to coat 5 sheets of bender with adhesive, stack them perfectly, and keep them stacked perfectly into the bag and through the vacuum process so when they come out you have perfect edge. Even if yo...
All the concrete work is done, Sidewalks and a small slab was poured on Thursday. Friday all the walls were framed up and sheeted. On Monday the truss’s are suppose to arrive. Should have a roof this next week and siding at least started. Won’t be long and my part of the project will begin. I’ll need to get a meter and 200 amp panel installed and then I can started on the inside. Click on the pictures to see a full view.Thanks for looking!
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