I started thinking about building a new wood shop back in early February. One night while i was working down in my finished basement little work shop and I had just finished making a bunch of cuts with the table saw and looked up to see that the room was filled with sawdust and then i looked down and seen the air intake vent for the furnace. I thought to myself this is it. I can’t keep going on like this. I MUST BUILD A PROPER WOOD SHOP!!! And so the planning began. I read books on fra...
A friend of mine is refinishing an antique chair. There were four spindles on the back of the chair, all of which were broken. When he found out I had just bought a lathe, he asked if I thought I would be able to replicate the broken spindles. After getting the broken spindles, I thought it would be a piece of cake, they are a simple pattern. Pattern being a key word that I only figured out after turning four trash, not even close to being the same, spindles. I made a dimensional drawing o...
This isn’t technically urban logging, but it is dealing with reclaimed timbers. I just got off the phone with someone who is gutting a building in downtown Chicago. They are GIVING away the 100 year old joists for free! I offered to take the 60-2 1/2”x12”x22’ floor joists off their hands. There is another 120-1 1/2”x12”x24’ joists that are available if I want them also. The 60 2 1/2” joists are 3300 board feet alone. I forsee a bunch of home...
Except for the fact the tennons were a little tight and there was a slight gap in one of the joints, both of which were quickly corrected on the belt sander, the frame easily fit together. Here’s the first dryfit. There was a slight gap in the upper and lower right joints. A quick touch of the upper arch on the belt sander fixed both. And here’s a tease of things to come!
Trying to make some more storage space in a small house is difficult. While pondering this issue in my office I looked up and realized the wall in front of me is wasted space. So out came the drywall saw and the sawzall for a built in medicine cabinet. The dimensions are 66” x 24” x 5” made from ¾” poplar. All the wood was rough and milled in my garage (and my wife wants to know why projects take so long). This was the first time I made doors so I think they came out ok. Sketchup mode...
As usual, I was in the woods early Saturday morning for my weekly hike. I decided to try a new venue this week. I’ve lived in my current home for 12 years, but have never hiked Putnam County Park, which is only 15 minutes from my house. In fact, I didn’t even know until very recently there were hiking trails there. Located on the back side of the town of Eleanor, WV, PCP is much more remote than my usual Trace Fork stomping grounds, which are much closer to the state capitol. F...
The gate frame is joined with mortise and loose tennons, although there’s nothing loose about them. Cutting matching mortises is a two-step process. First is cutting the mortises to length (4 1/2”, bottom, 2 1/2” top), width (3/4”), and initial depth (about 1 1/4”) using the Mortise Pal jig. The second step is adding more depth to the mortises (2 1/4”). The largest mortise using this jig is 1/2” x 2 1/2” x about 1 1/4” deep. To prod...
Hey, Everyone, Thanks for stopping by. I am a new scroll saw “artist”, and think I have finally found my passion. I just LOVE creating beautiful scrolled pieces. I am a 48 year old woman, married for 25 years, mother of 3 daughters…20, 21 and 23 years old. I live on the “Treasure Coast” of sunny Florida. I am originally form Cincinnati, Ohio, but have lived in Florida since I was 15 years old. I am a homemaker and crafter. I run 2 blogs: Creative...
Okay I have a question my band saw apparently takes an odd size blade 92 inch.So my local woodcraft doesn’t carry this size but they offered to have it made and sent to my house.I haven’t done this yet because I want to put a spacer block in the band saw. My thoughts are that I can fabricate a spacer to the height I would need to run a 105 inch blade. So if I am running a 92 inch blade how large of a spacer block do I need to get to 105? And I was also wondering if anyone ha...
Firstly… acknowledgements and thanks to Jlsmith for his response and link to Gary Katz's Sketchup Video on segmented arches. It was very helpful in my understanding of the topic of concentric circles, arches, and such. I divided the arch cut in to three parts. The first was to cut the outside arch. Second was the inside arch. Third was to complete each cut using a flush trim bit to reference off the first cut for each. I set up the door frame on a large piece of MDF on my (new) ...
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