The other night I happened to be sitting in my shop. Yep…just sitting. And looking around at my little woodworking kingdom. I gazed at the workbench…at the tool shelves and racks along the back wall, lined with all of my oft-used hand tools neatly arranged and ready for me to pick up to make shavings and chips….then at the stack of cutoffs under the utility bench…then at the various boards and panels leaning against another wall, waiting to become a project. This night, I didn’t c...
I would like to give back a little considering how much I’ve learned from what everyone has shared on Lumberjocks. Here is a tutorial of how I’ve been building the CrushGrind pepper mills: Pepper Mill Turning Tutorial While this is not entirely new information, when I started turning mills it seemed like there were several approaches including some sketchy information. Enjoy!
Update. The top is well advanced now. I didn’t take pics fitting the tone bars, the process is mocked up using the back. Both sides of the bar are scribed. Because it is a compound curve the scribe lines are different on either side. Chalk fitting. Sanded to 180 and sealed. Oversize and offset tone bars as per Gibson’s innovator Lloyd Loar. Ball point taped to a block, the block is flipped for a finer scribe. The bars are oversize in case we need to scr...
I have several logs of black gum and oak that were given to me. They were only cut 2 or 3 weeks ago, so I put some old paint on the ends and stacked them outside the shop to dry. Sunday in church the guy that gave it to me suggested that I might like to try and turn a piece of that gum while it was still wet. He said ” it’ll turn WAY EASIER than that dry oak and maple boards you’ve been gluing together.” So I figured why not? ... I cut off a piece of the gum about 1...
Well I think I’ve designed this thing to death. This weekend I’ll buy the timbers for the base and get the drying started. That will probably take a few months.In the mean time, I have a few other projects to do; Tool Cart, Garden Table, Planer Trolley. Here’s the link to the final design in SketchUp: Workbench
Ok, it all started on ‘Cyber Monday’ when woodcraft had some special for the Groz 4 pack parrallel clamp set for (I think) around 80 bucks. It was later in the day and decided to purchase 2 (probably around 10-10:30 pm), I did separate orders on different credit cards for budgetary reasons. After making the orders I never recieved any emails confirming my purchase, or stating if there was any sort of issue. A few days later, still nothing, so I email the customer service asking wh...
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As promised, two more days of work as produced results. I did get one surprise through this process. I expected the whole thing to be sturdy, that is how its designed after all. I might have gone a bit overboard. It actually takes effort to make it wiggle at all and my female hung off of one side and shook around, the bench didn’t move. So success there. Anyways, on with the pictures. So the legs are done, obviously, here is what they look like with their first of two cross pieces...
Well, I discovered I didn’t take any pictures of fitting the tenons to the mortises. Probably because it was kind of tedious and a little bit boring. The first step was to cut the tenons. For the side stretchers, I cut them the same way I cut the large tenons on the legs – with the table saw. Shoulders first, then stand the piece up and cut the cheeks. Then I squared up each mortise and used a router plane, a rasp and/or a float to fit each tenon in turn. Three of the 8 teno...
With the design decided and the drawer front marquetry installed the time finally came to tackle the cutting of the end motifs. This is by far the most ambitious motif I have ever attempted and I can say in all honesty, I wasn’t all that sure I could do it. I decided to use the painting in wood technique as the motif lends itself to the style and there were to be only two copies. I made up a packet with two layers of Poplar face to face, two layers of Ebony face to face and three lay...
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