I got tired of making due with my current router table (a single sheet of MDF for a top sitting on an old HTC folding bench, rudimentary fence held on with clamps and adjusted with a hammer) and decided to build a new one. Of course, I’ve started about 3 different designs in Sketchup, and I keep finding something on this site to make me revisit it. I did settle on an overall size, so I figured I’d let the cabinet design age a bit and work on the top. I decided to make the top a to...
I have been working on the overall project for the last several weeks. The panels and shelves glue ups are done and the initial sanding is done. Next up on the list was to turn the shelves from squares to quarter rounds. So it was time to stop and start making the jigs needed for the project. The Rounding Jig and The Quarter Rounding Sled, the Sliding Dovetail Socket jig, and the router fence for the Pins. The Rounding Jig is based upon Norms, however my little 9” BS was not up to th...
Most of you are not going to turn on as large a scale as I do so you are not going to need as large a facility as I use. I am going to talk about what I call a coffin kiln. By enclosing an area under a wall mounted work bench about the size of a coffin you will be able to dry several weeks worth of turning. Frame the area in or simply build a framed box of the same size. If you are building under a bench your door will drop down and if you build a free standing box have the lid open like ...
Today I’ve attended a turning class at my local Woodcraft, the instructor : Charles, was an incredible source of knowledge and we covered much more than the “simple” peppermill we where supposed to. As a matter of fact this class got me, I thing, hooked to woodturning. I guess I’ll be searching the web for advises on selecting a lath :) Very soon a picture of the peppermill.
I’m going to be a Grandpa again for the 3rd time, and its a boy, so thats 2 boys and a girl. Wow. Logan Michael Wurm, My brother has 4 grandkids and only 1 boy to carry on his side. I’ll have to rub that in a little. The baby weighed 7 lbs and was 19 in’’ long. So I have 2 boys to teach woodworking to. Better learn to clean the shop and learn to keep it clean huh? Then shop safety etc. Sorry this was’nt about woodworking but I was bustin at the seams to tell some...
Yep, that’s the title. You can do all of that with those little things? Wow! Based on recommendations from all the good, helpful, folks and friends I’ve met here on LJ, I picked up the Garret Hack book, “Hand Planes”. There is a section in there on these wonderful little things. After a lengthy thread in the forums and several sharpening/using type videos, I was ready. I stopped by my local Woodcraft and picked up the Lie-Nielson set. It came with two scrape...
Early Saturday morning I was out in the shop putting the finishing touches on the New Fangled Bench. The wife came out and said, “You need to get some shelves up.” She also said I needed a bench for my lathe, most likely, so I could finishing turning some bowls I roughed out late last summer! With that, it was off to the BORG to get some lumber for shelves and the new bench. Here are the benches in their completed states. I added a small shelf to the front of the lathe b...
Yep that time of year. Folks are having tea parties. The economy going south. I get to see my year end, bottom line, financial worth. I don’t think it will impress anyone. It sure made me wonder. This self employment gig has cut my income in half. Maybe I need to tell you about one of my heroes. I have this buddy. Plays a mean guitar. He also is a craftsman. Does some very nice, high end, upholstery work in an 8 X 12 shop. A few years ago he was telling me how he “just gets byR...
Thursday I spent most of the morning researching for a spray gun then did some sanding and got what I have done so far ready to assemble. Friday I got some small things finished up getting ready to make the final push to complete the outer case for the bed. Before going out to the shop I confirmed my order for a new HVLP spray gun and it should be here by the first of the week. I then attached the frame structure to the face panels using construction adhesive and screws. Then ...
Had an enjoyable day but again what day is not enjoyable when you get to spend it making sawdust? The first thing I did today is finish out my location jig so that for all future beds I will be able to align the pieces in the jig mark all the locations and do a quick check with the ruler and drill and cut. The first pic shows the jig with all of the holes and locations finished and properly marked. The second one shows the jig in position to lay out the opening for the Left Panel Lockin...
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