As I wait for a friend to help me flip the table over, I get to the assembly of the legs. Note: If you don’t do a lot of squatting exercises, be prepared, you will be doing 24 reps for all the screws that go into the legs. Here are the legs assembled. All and All the legs go together real well, very little manipulation. Another note: if you want the leg protectors on the bottom of the legs (they are plastic), now is the time to put them on !! I opted not to use them and use rubber s...
Firstly sorry for the very late update, but between having to travel up and down from South Africa to Botswana and having to rebuild a new lodge amongst elephants (see photo) I haven’t really had much time to even think about this blog. I got back to the farm excited to get going on the project and quickly identified a few trees that had the right size and shape. But being my first serious project and not wanting to cut down a perfectly good tree only ruin it, I went in search of one...
Ah, the things that one can make with just a length of dowel, a scrap of wood, and some random bits of hardware! Today’s handsawgeek Poor Man’s Tool offering combines just those very materials to fashion an accurate and functional depth gauge for use in bowl, box, and vase turning. Simply put, a length of dowel is sharpened on one end, poked through a hole drilled in a straight piece of scrap wood, and secured at various positions by a set screw held by whatever appropriate hardware...
My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1506: I'll Have a Scoop of Spring - (Make Mine a Triple!)
You all know that I never mind winter. In fact – I actually LIKE it most times and try to enjoy every season and day that comes my way. But when yesterday's beautiful, white and fluffy snow turned into an icy rain, and I looked at my pretty red car encased up to the dash in a block of frozen snow, I couldn't help but think ahead to warmer days. It happens to the best of us. One of the many advantages of being active on social media – especially when you are a member o...
I love talking to other woodworkers and hearing how their journey in the craft started. I recently met Madison Swords, and I just loved his story of how he got started in woodworking, so I had to share it with you. Madison is a self-taught woodworker and he learned everything from YouTube. I was not only impressed with that, but the fact that he choose to go the hand tool route, and his for his first furniture project, he choose to tackle a Greene & Greene side table. I was absolutely ...
I am making a Toy Chest for my daughter Candace. Well, it is actually for her two girls Lola and LuLu. This project has been an adventure. This toy chest I am making it after a blanket chest that was featured on a cover of Fine Woodworking. I have modified the magazine’s plan somewhat; for instance I am going to add a base to my chest. Since this will be a toy chest I am also looking to purchase a nice hinge that will make the lid safe for small children’s use. On my lumbe...
The nights are still hot here, but we can’t have the bedroom window open due to mosquitoes and the risk of dengue, a fan is not sufficient, and I am certainly not going down the road of Air Con, so it was time to make mosquiteras. I thought I would start with one, and see how it went. I did make some when I lived in Spain, and they worked, so no reason why not here, This version only works with sliding windows. I cut some 4×2s to 1/2” x 1 1/2”, for this window I w...
I am in the process of making a Router Table to fit in my Table saw extension wing, but it came to a stop today, I was going to cut some more parts, and the collar on the know of the mitre gauge shattered, I had only lifted it to move it, no undue pressure. Upon closer examination, the collar of the knob is only thin plastic, molded around the nut head, so it had to be the weak point. I had a number of options, the obvious one being to claim under the Warranty with Craftsman, but wh...
Bonnie has always liked the contrast between the light colored woods and the dark colors. So I decided to make something for her birthday (which is today). I started out with a somewhat tall piece but somewhere along the way it just didn’t look “right”. If I had kept with the original plan, it would have looked something along the lines of this…....But long before it got to the finishing stage I decided to go in another direction. If you look closely, you can see it a...
RUMORS OF MY DEMISE WERE SOMEWHAT EXAGGERATED when a friend of mine recently said, “No seriously! They said your were dead!” Apparently a Veteran’s Group I used to attend just figured I kicked the bucket and told my friend I was dead. I don’t think this is true, but I am asking for a second opinion. I wanted to give an update to my LJ friends. Woodworking is still my therapy of choice. The problem right now is one of energy and safety. My cancer has gotten much w...
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