Good morning folks. I recently got a commission to build a harvest table for some of my fine relatives who are in the process of building a new home. They have the same affection for heart pine that I have so that’s what we’re going use for stock. They recently sold a beautiful old home that had some beautiful kitchen cabinets built with old growth heart pine. I wish I had some pictures to post here, but I don’t. Anyhow, as part of the deal, I promised to blog the whole p...
I’m going to throw a pity party and you are all invited. When I get some good news I’ll pass that along to. (First I’ll have to get my taxes out of the way). It has been three months that I’ve been running this Etsy shop. I know some artisans have done OK. I’m pretty sure if I dedicated the time and energy I would have had better results. First off the price is great. The time to setup shop and download photos is significant. I figure when all is said and done I...
I didn’t think to get a good set of photos of my dog hole jig, and the cutting process. I simply made a small template out of scrap ply, and routed out the dog holes with a big honking pattern bit. While things were setting up, I got out my templates, and began to mark out the cavity for the Benchcrafted Tail Vise Some circular saw cutting, hammering, chiseling, and gouging later, and I’ve got a rough cavity started. From here on it was mostly worth with the gouge. I ...
as some of you might know we are moving. Its a good move but never the less it is a move. We are very fortunate to work for the mgmt co that oversees our new place. Fortunate in the fact that we can get into the place before we move in. Our actual move in date is May first and it is vacant now. Our new house is a side by side duplex, 2bedroom 1 3/4 bath with a mostly finished basement. The previous tenents really trashed the place big thyme so there are alot of new repairs being done. ...
Work(shop) in Progress #7: New Table Saw: Phenolic Zero Clearance Inserts and Fence Faces for Ridgid R4511
So, New Saw, New Zero Clearance Inserts are due! Actually I was planning on working my the Bead Box, but wanted to fine tune the table saw, and ‘get it done’ first, and so, the plan was to use the 5/8” phenolic (not phenolic plywood) panel that I got (I got a 1-3/8” phenolic panel to use as a router table top, and while at it, picked up some ‘lighter’ thinner panels as well, for inserts, plates, etc). I figured – I already have it, and might as wel...
Well, this is my first “blog” so I will give it a go. I was just going to post some pictures of my workshop as it is now, but then I ran into the pictures of entire process so I thought it might be interesting. The workshop is 20×30 with a 10×20 office space inside as well. The ground had to be prepared and then foundation and then I had “Tuff Shed” bring in my “workshop kit”. ( I provided them with full scale drawings and plans that I did on Auto cad ) They had the building up ...
Well, as promised here are some of the lessons I have learned while making these boards1. From now on I am going to make sure that the boards are planed to proper thickness 1st.2. Use correct joinery when edge glueing boards together.3. Make sure that 1 end grain side is square before glueing.4. When drilling holes in the sides HOLD THE DRILL STRAIGHT. Better yet don’t use forstner bit.5. make sure to use a properly sized router bushing for template routing. (I ruined the 1st routing ji...
OK, I have announced that I am new to this, so here goes. What would be the best jointer to purchase for a beginner woodworker? Should I just buy a planer? What would be the best/easiest way to make tongue and groove joints? Using a fixed router or a table saw and the Dado blades? I would have to buy either one, but which one first? If you suggest the router, how? If you suggest the table saw, how? Should I quit now while I am behind? Kip
So recently we had gutted our downstairs. Our home is a 70’s split-level and the walls were previously covered in painted-over wood paneling. We took off all the walls, ran 5 new circuits, put in a ton more lights, and redid the fireplace with gas inserts. Now the walls are back up and painted, and it’s time to build all the built-ins that I have planned. I’m putting shelving/drawer units on either side of the fireplace, then making a double desk for our computers, a vani...
Been wanting to build a treadle lathe for awhile. I also need a workbench so I decided to combine the project. I will begin with building the flywheel then proceed to the workbench and lathe frame. I have thrown around alot of ideas for the flywheel from a solid wood wheel to a wagon wheel design. I have finally came to the conclusion that a combination of wood and concrete will give the most bang for the buck. Thanks “Sparky” for some of the design help. I started off the d...
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