From Roubo Slumber This is the current state of my Roubo. I’m pretty embarrassed about that, given that i have had the lumber for a few months now. I have encountered several glitches, besides my doctorate (when it gets in the way of woodworking, that’s exactly how i think of the damn thing). -First off, i miscalculated the stretchers. Since it’s 2 laminated pieces, one should be shorter than the other, and i ordered 2 of the same size (and shorter at that! the width betwe...
Hi everyoneAs most of you know I love scrolling and creating intarsia but in order to keep the doors open at midlothian woodworks I also do custom woodworking , furniture repair and restoration work. so here are a few photos of my newest restoration project.These are the “before ” pics of a Hocking Valley corn sheller(circa 1900) that I have been commissioned to rebuild and make functional.I will be using quarter-sawn white oak for the wood. Should be a fun project. Legs have b...
To me, good habits are hard to make and easy to break. Years ago, when I would misplace something, my wonderful wife would often chide me with, “If you’d put things in the same place every time, you wouldn’t lose them!”. My problem was that I had learned she had an uncanny ability to find any misplaced item within minutes of hearing its description – and I came to depend on that. I knew it wouldn’t be long before I heard, “Is this what you’re...
I’ve noticed so many on here post their “Barn Finds” well here’s my newest addition to my arsenal. A recent client had this sitting in his basement for he doesnt “remeber how long” and offered it to me for FREE! how could I refuse. It’s a Sears Robuck Model# 103 0407 with a 18” thought. Someone had attempted to hook a motor up to it and get it working, but first thing I noticed was that it had the wrong pullies on it (blade would be way to fast)...
The 7×8 lean-to shed is going to be delivered tonight. This is a simple but sturdy Amish built shed with a roof that is about 6’ at one side and 5’ at the other. We plan on having between 10 and 15 chickens to free range and rid our yard of ticks, since my husband has been afflicted with lyme disease. The structure does not have any windows or ventilation, nor any “chicken-furniture”, so I’ll have to modify it. This is my first big remodeling/woodworki...
In my first installment of this series, I noted some of the history, of how I cam around to wanting to build a workshop of my own. Having a supportive wife was the biggest key issue here. I could have built a shop as a bachelor for sure, but having me the right woman, and wanting a family bachelor life just wasn’t for me… But I digress… That garage seemed, at first, an ideal space to do some woodworking. I’d pick up a couple of basic tools, and some wood and get to ...
I cut the boards into each of the pieces last night. Even with the sapwood on the one piece and a few defects I wanted to remove, everything fit nicely without a lot of waste. I also remembered to cut the short (bottle neck) racks a little wider so I can plow out the recesses with a forstner bit, then rip them to width after that waste wood is used to register the center of the bit. I had 5:1 odds on myself to forget that, but all is well. Ran into a little issue with my splitter on m...
From left to right-Orange wood – gnarly, twisted top end Oak – burly crotch wood,Mahogany – straight grainedPecan – (I think) wormy holedOak (again) – straight grained Any suggestions on cutting the oak trunk to manageable (12” bandsaw) size? I have a 14” electric chainsaw.
Hello All Mommy LJ’s…and the rest too, I had a nice day with mom and dad. Then when I got back home I did some practicing on my 100 line cuts. 20 cuts down and I am happy thus far. I included a couple of pictures. I hope you enjoyed the post, it was a better than average one, if I do say so myself. http://bit.ly/aVbmcz Brian
Here is another “dial indicator on a stick” idea. This one is for making measurements when using a tenoning jig. BTW, click on the images to see the uncropped originals. The commercial tenoning jig that I recently bought from Rockler looks like this: Notice that the sliding base remains above the sub base that is fixed to the miter slot runner. The cut line of the saw blade can be referenced to the edge of this fixed sub base and will not move nor be obstructed regardle...
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