I have been starting a wood paneling project for the past couple months now (part of a larger reno project). It was originally going to be done in MDF (and was started) until my wife informed me that she wanted it stained to match some other built-ins we have. So that means real wood. I am thinking about doing it with 1×3 poplar top rail and stiles, 1×4 bottom rail, and 1×2 or 1×3 chairrail and the panels in either 1/4 in. birch or oak plywood. Depending on how the bot...
hand’t got the chance to post this on sunday, but I did get a chance to mill the drawer fronts to thickness, width, and height on sunday, and temporarily install them on the drawers. for lack of materials the drawer fronts came to be 3/8”+ in thickness as opposed to the original plan of 3/4”, but since this is just drawer fronts, I’m not too concern about this. it actually makes it looks a bit more refined and elegant. I do have some alignment issues as the drawe...
It was in the spring of 975 A.D. when Erik the Red’s 1st cousin, thrice removed, Sven the Brunette with blond highlights, headed out in his longship for weekend of pillage and camaraderie with his buddies. Sven was a giant of a man, standing 6’ 8” tall, with a barrel chest, and a thick beard, also with blonde highlights. His friends were also rather large and one might say malodorous (of course one wouldn’t say that until 1840 or later, as the word didn’t exist in 975, but I digress). ...
I started trying to make some zero clearance inserts for my saw so I can start cutting up the wood for the blanket chest I am working on. I have never done this before so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I looked around at premade inserts and could not find one specifically for the used saw I picked up. I did find some blank sheets of laminate coated phenolic made by Leecraft. The one I ordered was the Leecraft BK-1. It is about 1/2” thick and is 11” by 15”. ...
I just finished reading Tom Lovino’s article in Wood Magazine and I have to say it really hit home. I even gave the article to my girlfriend to read and when she was done she said “that sounds just like you!”. If you haven’t read the article, the basic idea is that he was talking to a friend of his who was really bent out of shape because he couldn’t get his table saw into alignment any better than .002 inches. Then, he remembered that his friend is an engineer...
An old wooden filing cabinet I rescued from a dump and re-cycled.When I found it my plan was to return it to its former glory, but after stripping I found that the frame was made of reasonable wood (?) but the sides were plywood and the drawer fronts some banal wood. I therefor decided to re-design it, Staining the cheap wood black, varnishing the frame, and replacing the old “name plate” handles with modern brass. It now serves as a filing cabinet in my wife’s office.ItR...
I started my newest project today. The latest issue of Wood magazine has a Pine Cabinet on the cover that will go very well in our kitchen at home. I am also going to build a second one or at least the lower half for my nephew who is getting married in July. This is the stack of lumber to start. Hopefully this is what it will become over time.This is a scanned photo from Wood magazine. Today I cut sides and bottom of base cabinet to length, and glued up the panels. I am going to ...
here are sets of 9,10,12,13 out of oak. I did make the same out of poplar but I think oak is the way to go. my be even Q swan oak because of grain direction. will see if they split on me. I even put some treed on a pair of the 13’s to try. The manager are happy with the prototype but I told them i need some testing to see were impovments need to be made. simple constructionCut out shoe size on band sawLayout and cut joints on band sawlay out R and L shoeI used a 1/4...
Just a short note to let anyone interested know that I should be posting the blog on making a wooden hinge similar to the one on my Stickwork box project post tomorrow.
I’ve been doing nothing but perfecting my turning for Russian-style lace spindles. I even experimented with French spindles too. People have noticed and I have been sending off a freshly turned spindle to a far flung corner of the United States at the rate of about one a week. Between that and teaching classes, I had to go out and get a proper business license and start paying taxes. I would like to branch out to some other areas as well, but right now my heart is in practicing my...
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