I wanted to make the marble tower good and solid, so I’m making it primarily out of ash. This was convenient because I had some on hand. :-) Here’s where we stand today on the project: The first step was to build the base and attach the side rails to it that go up to where the cross bracing and the handle reside. This wasn’t too bad to do…but it was the first time that I ran into the concept of cutting compound angles…which I learned requires patienc...
We all heard how one has to be carefull on gluing certain parts together on a project such as cross grain, free floating panels, and so on. When I first started woodworking, I made every mistake possible including certain glue-ups that I wouldn’t do today. My idea back then was to paint the joint with glue and forget about it. But as I look at my earlier projects from 20 years ago I see how ugly my work was, but I am also surprised at how well those cross grain glue-ups are holding...
This is one of those well intentioned projects that started and got put on hold for many varied reasons/excuses. I’ve decided I just have to finish it before my daughter is too old to be interested. Otherwise, I’ll be sitting the playroom losing my marbles all by myself. I saw these plans years ago in a Lee Valley flyer and went out and bought them along with the kit that supplies the ball bearings (marbles), xylophone keys and bell. Here’s the picture from the catalog...
Following on from yesterday’s ‘Trip to the Wood Shop’ let me show you where the Escher vibe has taken me.Well to this A beautifully simple, yet impossible pattern. Look at it long enough and you’ll see why the three dimensional world it represents is impossible. Even if you accept that its possible as a pattern in two dimensions ( you have to you’re looking at it) then the long slim rods and the triangles are possible to make in wood but the cubes that the...
Just a few ways I estimate measurements. If you have any other neat ways to measure things, post them in the comments! Steve
Back in my Great Uncle’s Old toolbox (he was a finish carpenter in the 1930’s) I found this odd circle marking / cutting device that is used in a brace.(The tri-square in the photo is 6” long)The arms are fully adjustable in length from roughly a 1/2” radius out to ~3” So it could mark out a circle out to about 6” in diameter. Given the design, the outer edge of the circle could never be less than ~1 1/2” in radius. The center post (pivot) has no...
For starters, I want to thank GregD (or was it CraigD?), I will have to double check the responses to my prior blog entry, for the guy that suggested hydraulic removal of the fence post… The weather played well enough cooperation wise that last night I was able to finish burning out the stumps, but I want to go further below grade, and I still have charcoal… so if the weather holds then tonight it goes… The lone fence post that refused to die is now horizontal. The Met...
It’s funny how innovative we can be when we have to. I grew up with modest means and learned early in life not to waste things and to take care of what I have. Things didn’t come easy for us so we had to use what we had and make it last. I don’t see anything wrong with that. I think it is a good way to think for many reasons. I had a friend who used to tell people he loved to lend me his tools because when he got them back, they were cleaned and looked like new again....
I thought I would give you all a sneak peek of a new slightly off kilter design.. after several inspirational XXXX ’s I came up with this… this is the slanted weave…
Sorry about this post. It is a non woodworking related topic. Please remove it if I am breaking any rules. I have to say that I’m not one for getting out and about. I do get away on a hike from time to time, but not as often as I should I suppose. I make it a point to get into the garage shop as often as possible. If I wasn’t able to I would never advance my skills, and would just be a cabinet maker building boxes. There isn’t much pleasure in that, unless it’s...
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