First of all, thanks to Trifern and Max for beating me to posting anything. They’ve given me welcome comments before I could do anything! Been reading this site daily for a couple of months now inspiring myself to build again…. So I’ll start with a work in progress. A couple of friends and myself decided to build our own DN ice boats sometime last year. I’ve already got one that I purchased a couple of years ago, but that’s only have the fun! So we got toge...
Not a lot of progress since the last entry but I have decided to go with simple box drawers with lock rabbeted joints. I watched a video from Wood Magazine where they conducted strength tests on various joints. They concluded that the half lap, finger, and rabbeted joints were the strongest, stronger apparently than a dovetail for a drawer box. And it’s a lot simpler. So it may not be as cool as dovetails but I think it will be more than strong enough and will be quite a bit f...
I put together some concept drawings to solicit some feedback from my kids. Here’s one concept with a desk shelf, cork board, and cubby shelf. I had other ideas with no desk just a bean bag and a small table, others with whiteboards on all back sides and the desk across the front, another with a corner desk only. Using sketchup works well, I can rotate, add, subtract, all pretty painlessly, and get real time feedback as to what looks good, and what gets no interest. I think I&...
Hi everyone! Well, it’s taken forever it seems but I’m finally in high gear on this project! We’ve had a lot going on recently, but it’s nice to be back in the sawdust. I’ve drawn up a full scale template of the Starbuck’s table and started by rough dimensioning all my lumber. I decided to use mortise and loose tenon joinery for most of the case construction. For the center stiles at each end, I used integral stub tenons to fit into the dado requir...
I have seen other penmakers use this scallop techinique and thought I would give it a try. To start out I wanted to get an idea of what size I need to use initially to know what to expect when the blank is turned down. So far I like how everything is looking. I want to try incorporating this and a couple other segmenting techniques I used to come up with something a little crazier than I’ve done previously. I’ve got several long weekends coming up so hopefully I should hav...
Envisager of Wood Dreams ....what were you thinking,as i painted colored leaves,time passes we leave…. —by flp ———————————————————————————————————————————————————R...
im really have a tough time with my router table 1150 watt 1/2 and larger plunge router. i have started raised panels for my stairwell 2 levels and feel my tools are not cut out for raised panels, as i struggle with them, need advice on what is best thanks george
Hi Everyone! Well here is my first attempt at a blog. To wood burn a portrait I start out with a photo of the person. I scan it to my computer and then I print out the size of the portrait, Megan was done as an 8” x 10” size. Next I find the piece of wood I want to put it on and do several sandings starting with 400 grit sandpaper and end up with 600 grit sandpaper. Always sand with the grain of the wood. Then I “buff” the wood using a brown paper bag and mo...
I have had mine around 8 months now and it has changed my life in the shop, i no longer have to buy dressed timber at rediculous prices, the blades were dulling after some heavy work with Oak boards so i changed them out, pretty straight forward and i checked the cuts and all seems to be fine. Snipe is a big subject and although i do get some and sometimes pretty bad its all down to how much of a bite you take. I have found if i go easy on the cut it vitually goes away i reduce the cut to j...
Last week at our local auction I found something that I just couldent pass up. Saws, saws and more saws!I found one disston #16, three Disston D-95, one Atkins, one Richardson Brothers #7 and several other Disstons that I dont have numbers for yet. I also got a old stanley miter box and the Disston saw that came with it. The total cost to me was 10$some of the DisstonsThe D-95sback sawRichardson Brothers #7StanleyThere are more saws than I have shown and when I get them cleaned up I may show...
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