First, I grabbed my block plane and smoothing plane, and cleaned up my recent banding addition. It came out quite good looking. With a recent post to Woodnet pointing out you can get fairly cheap T-Track from McMaster-Carr, and myself in possession of a new Freud LU90M blade, I decided to completely overdo the top with T-track for fence and hold down positions. Whee! First up, dado up some grooves. I also decided I wanted my intersections to be nice and neat. No fiddling ...
I must warn you, this post gives you a good view into my skewed mind sometimes when it comes to the off the cuff way I approach the design aspects of projects. I bolted down the new table, and then offset it slightly from where I wanted the final position to be. I’m using a round ZCI, so that I can just turn it slightly, without replacing the whole insert. The idea was completely stolen from a nice fellow on Woodnet whose name I cannot currently remember. I loaded up a circle cutt...
I have recently milled and then kiln dried four of these wonderful slabs of sycamore. They would make wonderful counter or bar tops. I will soon have them listed on my website specialty-lumber We also sell all types of fireplace accessories for indoor and outdoor fireplaces and patio fire pits. Fireplace accessories really do make having have a fireplace a much more enjoyable and safe experience. We have specialty lumber products like mantles and fireplace accessories like fireplace inserts t...
Here are the two designs for the bunk beds. I’ll eventually build 3 of one style and 4 of the other. The first on has a headboard similar to the single prototype that I built. The only difference is there is no fixed shelf at the top. I made it adjustable because of headroom. I also put an adjustable shelf at the bottom also. The second one is a bookcase design. I tried to keep the same style. I lowered the height of the headboard and built a couple bookcases for each level....
I recently remembered that my Canon PowerShot SD500 IS Digital Elph Longest Name For A Camera Ever has a time-lapse mode. You can set it to capture a frame every 1 or 2 seconds. I’ve been pointing it at my work areas lately with the latter (less frequent) capture setting, and just letting it run for an hour or two. It’s fun to watch later, though it pains me to know that no matter how hard I try, I’ll never accomplish anything at this speed. This is me doing some of the w...
I’m still hunting for space to end the clutter in my 1-car garage shop. I found some when I moved part of the PVC ductwork from my dust collector a bit so I could open the overhead garage door again. In that space, between the dust collector (and its separator can), hoses and dust collection accessories, and the path traveled by the opening garage door was a location about 2’ wide by 32” high – small cabinet size! Note the > marks on the wall, tracings of the do...
lumberJONZ ( LumberJocks of New Zealand ) – ok, a small contingent anyway – got together for some fun with my new mill, a Peterson ATS swingmill portable sawmill. On a fine winter day, we hitched up the mill tucked into a 7×5 trailer and set it up around a short section of Paulownia on a small farm just outside Christchurch. The tree had been felled a couple of years earlier and mainly what was left was a short section off of the stump and a single trunk section. This was our...
I have spent the last few days in the workshop working out how to make this jig.. and have it durable and repeatable and totally accurate and easy to use.Actually this jig can be used for two different projects … well probably more that two but thats all I have used it for so far.To start, I had to build a table to go over the bandsaw table for the jig to pivot on. [double pivot actually][two pivots two pics right!! ]The table was made from 5/8” [15mm] plywood, with silver ash us...
More panel gluing! Got a blank made for one of two upper shelves. Also completed the blank for the bottom shelf and the top of the cabinet. These are important as they set the width. The top will be dovetailed (half blind) to the two sides. The bottom rides in two dados. I’ll cut the bottom to final size after the dovetails are done and fitted. I’m by no means an expert at hand cutting dovetails. Or machine cutting them for that matter. I can do both and I have on occas...
My wife wanted to get her garden tilled and planted. It was during the time I was laid up after my foot surgery. I have a good friend who is a woodworker but had not made any cabinets. So we decided to barter and help each other. He tilled the garden, put in 16 posts and ran rabbit wire so the wife could start planting her garden. In exchange, I designed his kitchen, gave him drawings, cutting lists and a BOM for the kitchen he wanted to build. The first picture is the work my friend di...
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