I continued work on turning wood bowls. They will be Christmas gifts so I have much work to complete. I decided that I will finish turning the feet of each of these bowls after I have turned the outside and inside of all four bowls. So I will be finishing all four feet at the same time. The light bowl’s hardwood is lati. It has a very nice grain pattern. I took the bowl off the lathe. I had watched veteran turner Lyle Jamieson demonstrate how to use a hand chisel with a mallet t...
Last time: “I’ll talk about setting that reference point for stopped dados in the next installment… That’s simple. The stopped dados are set to allow clearance for the hardware (pulls) to be mounted to the fronts of each drawer. I got that hardware in from D. Lawless in Olney, Illinois. The depth of that pull set the depth of the drawer fronts. The #198 set the line, and a little chisel work extended the dado to a consistent setback from the front of the soon-to-be ca...
Gluing up the first door was a challenge. I had no idea what to expect. I knew that, by myself, I couldn’t do the entire door by myself in the open time the glue provided, so I started working on strategies. There was a lot of learning that went on. Rather than go on ad nauseam about every experience I had, I’ll jump straight to what worked. I will say though, that that first door glue-up involved a good deal of swearing and yelling. The result was a success however. So, this is ki...
Rained here all day and man I’m hurting but got some time in the shop and figured out the deck for the race car. Got to put in some tire pictures to keep Ducky happy. Ducky I need some track and roller pictures when you get to them.
My niece is remodeling her kitchen. She is on a tight budget. She wanted to use floating shelves instead of upper cabinets. The idea is to not have and supports visible on the finished shelf. Her Dad did some research and found a method where metal rods are used to hold the weight. This looked like it would work but could be troublesome to line everything up with tight fitting holes. We decided to use 3/8” threaded rod. We bolted the rods to some solid backing between the studs, (...
I am in the process of making my first tongue drum. Got the Poplar box and Red Oak tone board made, needs lot of work still, and a bottom yet. But the 3/4” red oak tone board doesn’t make much sound and three of the 12 keys sound dead. Don’t understand what’s happening? It doesn’t rattle or buzz, just thump, no tone, well, not a pleasant one anyway. Sure could use some insight or help figuring out what’s happened? It’s funny, the two keys along one...
Hook tools for pole lathemuseum tools back to life Part two. The summer 2015 I was at a marked with some friends, there were a guy selling tools, he had gotten his hands on a museum that was closing down and so he had some interesting things, I bought a few, just the once I needed… What I did not mention last was that I also got the old Stanley that day, this one only got a worm treatment and then a serious restore. Here they are again, the old museum tools.Spoon auger, ream...
I have owned a Jet Dust collector for some time now, and have always hated emptying the bag. Recently, one of my customers offered to swap this cyclone from a school wood shop for a product in my store. It was perfect for my needs so I jumped on the opportunity. Having several pieces for the duct work already, I did not have to buy much to get it set up and going, The worst part was finding the time! Using 5″ flex hose I rerouted the air flow to go through the cyclone. The bag only gets what...
In my world there are two seasons: Golf and woodworking. Since it’s dark at 5:00 and too cold for the links, it’s officially woodworking season. I’ve been slowly getting back at it with a couple of projects here and there. This small project keeps my systainers organized so I can get to each one individually. Now I don’t have to undo the whole stack to get to one in the middle. Super quick and simple construction. Now I can get to finishing 15 cutting boar...
If you go to my home page and projects, I have a tool tower with pegboard sides and next to the router table.I think the original idea was taken from wood or some other shop organization ideas. They had a 2 ft by 2ft base with frame up to 8 feet and slide in trays for power tools. Pegboard sides gave more outside storage and casters made it mobile. I think they had a mobile base for storage and tool stand. So I modified a metal stand adding the top, it already had the casters and a botto...
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