Hi All, Well, here’s Part 2 of this two part video on making a shop built mitre gauge. In this video I’ll show you how I built the mitre gauge body and attached it to the mitre gauge bar to form an accurate, inexpensive mitre gauge. I’ll also cover “dialing in” that shop built mitre gauge to your existing mitre slot no matter what machine you’re using it for. Once you’ve seen how to do this, you’ll be able to “dial in” your mitre gauge to within one thousandth of an inch………………….how’s th...
I really doubt that I’m the only guy on the site who sits on their bench at the end of the day, and pontificates the work that we do. What can I do better?Is there a decent dust collection system for a lathe?Why did my last batch of logs check so bad? I think that all of the work that we do with our hands while working with wood is only eclipsed by the work that we do with our minds. At the end of the day, without a task at hand, what do the rest of you contemplate before you leav...
Well, a few nights ago I stayed up until well after midnight to finish the rough in wiring and insulating of my shop. I was tired, but I went to bed with a great feeling of accomplishment. I’ve done everything myself so far, and as a female, and one that’s only 5 feet tall, I’m just pretty darned proud of myself. I knew nothing about wiring, but now that I’m done with it, I feel like I might even tackle a few of our simple in home wiring projects. I want to thank al...
It’s been a little while since I posted in this series, but it’s oh-so-worth the wait in my humble opinion. I have goodies aplenty to share with one and all. First, the obligatory Norvell Shapleigh tool. This one is a smoother hand plane. I can’t really call it a #4 or a #4 1/2 either. It’s length is halfway between the two, so I call it a #4 1/4 instead. Actually, it’s a #4 1/4C since the sole is corrugated. Sorry in advance for the crumby picture. Hopef...
Too bad the “pens” story by Sawdust2 is full of untruths and outright lies. You would think a lawyer by profession would get his “story” straight. Check it out on the county records that Steve was not so good a father as professed. His child support was over $12,000 in arrears, and although he may have taken his kids on the weekend and for vacations every year, his alcoholic lifestyle and abuse of the wife was what kept him from getting custody. Notice also how this lawyer/woodworker portrays...
In this blog I thought you lumberjocks would be interested in seeing the whole process that I go thru when doing this picture frame commission. This is the picture that the owner wanted a carved frame for. As you can see by the photo the picture is out of the frame and I was able to take the frame with me so I could make the new frame the proper size for the picture. The new frame will be 3’-6” +- X 6’-6” +- so this is as large a frame I will have did to date. ...
Lumber yards from around the U.S. and especially around the world offer a different selection of hardwoods and softwoods based on what is available. Around here (Central Coast, CA) the local yards have the following basics: Softwoods: Pine Cedar Douglas Fir Hardwoods: Oak Maple Mahogany (Philippine and “Genuine”) Purple heart Birch Beech Zebra wood Padauk I was just curious what kind of varieties are available at your local lumber yard?
How does success in our Winter Awards feel? Gary: It feels strange. I am honored that so many of my woodworking peers liked my work. I think that this is the highest complement you can obtain. Ryan: It really feels great. As the “new guy” on the board, I am amazed at this welcome. The project was a tough one, taking a picture from your mind’s eye and shaping it out of wood is tough enough…add a 2X4 into the equation, and results are seldom what you intended...
This blog was inspired by another LJ asking if anybody could think of a use for an old table saw fence, since they didn’t want to just get rid of it. I decided to respond in my own blog, so I don’t hijack his blog. So if you find yourself wondering what use you could possibly come up with for that left over saw part from after the upgrade, or a box of extra plumbing fixtures from a remodel 7 years ago, or that broken table leg you’ve kept, Or that bucket of random rusty bolts your dad ...
As of right now, I have completed exactly one woodworking project. I’ve restored tools to working condition, sure, but only one time thus far have I put steel to wood and create something. However, now I have tons of projects flying through my head. I want to build a simple box, just as an excuse to cut dovetails and get used to them. I have my 2×12 bench challenge. I’ve got tons upon tons of ideas flowing through my head. Honestly, I’ll probably forget most of th...
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