After searchiing different woodworking websites, I noticed that I was not the only one who used a workmate style workbench. I decided that since I use my workmate quite often because it is portable, that I would redo the work surface and make it more user friendly. The first thing that I did was measure the old top to decide how much bigger to make the new one. The original clamping style top was approximately 20”w x 9.5”d x .75”h when closed. The new top is 35.125R...
Gluing Tips1. Always do a dry a fit. Always. Put everything together without glue and make sure it fits firmly with out a slight tap or pressure.2. Have all your clamps, cawls, and protective scraps at the ready.3. You can always use more clamps (usually you’ll need a clamp at least every 30cm.)4. Understand your glue. Wood glues (eg. PVA) absorb into the wood and cross link. Zero gap is good for these glues. Epoxies can bridge small gaps and act as space fillers. Hide glue is warm wate...
This is the 6 drawer dresser that matches the 4-in-1 crib I made for my granddaughter, Hayden. My daughter wanted to see it, so I posted it here for now. After I finish the crib and dresser, I will do a detailed project post on both of them. Here is my shop sketch and cutting list for the dresser.I would like to introduce you to my granddaughter, Hayden, and her mother Jennifer.
This has always been, and still is by far one of my favorites. so simple, yet so thought provocative: So, as the title says – not really a challenge, but more of an inspirational piece to remind us how visual this art is, and that there’s more than one way to do anything. I’ll let some folks enjoy the though, and will post how it’s done later on today :) Peace!
Over the past couple months I’ve really been getting in to this woodworking thing. I’ve spent way over $1000 on blades, bits, a new table saw, and woods and hardware for jigs. I’ve been doing all this in a narrow strip of my 2 car garage thats about 5’ wide and 12’ long. Some genius decided that the homeower would only ever need 1 outlet in the whole 2 car garage, so I’ve been swapping plugs when I need to switch to a new tool, using extension cords, ...
I have made a couple of protect that i have to post and i am working on another lost stickle side table.all and all things are still moving forward in shop and my girl is getting more interested in making small projects in the shop. (wow she does have some ideas ).learning to spray (lacquer finishes, and water base clears) so i did have to order a Earlex 2900 and got 3 different tips 3.0,1.5,1.0 this should cover it. I was going to go with 5000 but i just do not finish that much. the 2900 doe...
Daily Update for July 7, 2010. Staining on Blake’s murphy bed. I have most of the job ready but I’ll stain the desk and bookcase on a later date. too many parts to deal with at once. I am also waiting for some outsourced doors. Batman Bed is getting the graphics applied today. We finished it yesterday and should have it back by tomorrow. The last thing, I’ll be building is a Euro Murphy bed fit in a closet. This is for a local designer and I’ve had some proble...
I guess some people can get irritated when I quibble about what we call our tools.I can’t help myself.Is there a twelve step program for people like me?If there wass I probably would complain about the name of it. But, about Chop Saws. I’m pretty sure it got this misnomer in the building trade. Some guys use it just like that. To chop 2×4s and rafters.CHOP!Job done. But I have one, too.But I never call it a Chop Saw and I NEVER use it like that. Slashing a twelve ...
“I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” – Helen Keller Deadlines are a necessary and driving force in what I do. Whether they are self-imposed or called upon by others, they are the foundation of my business and give it structure and continuity. In a perfect world, deadlines would present themselves in an organized and methodical fashion, one by one with clear starting points and st...
Just this morning (7 July), I was saddened by a death in my wife’s family circle. Doris passed away today due to Kidney complications. Three years ago, she had undergone kidney transplant and we thought she was cured. And because of this, there will be 4 families coming home from USA and one from London will be here. A FAMILY REUNION. I am thinking to give gifts (boxes) to each family that makes 7 boxes. IF ONLY I HAVE TIME… CAN I DO IT? Can I let others do it? No matter ...
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