I try to use local wood as much as I can. This blog series is intended to capture and share some of the more interesting items I find. This entry covers some wood I’ve had for a few years. The wood is cypress that was grown and milled in east central Florida. The trees were felled and the boards were milled on order for my father more than 30 years ago. My father, brother and I used it to build a fence around my parent’s 3/4 acre property. After my parents passed awa...
I have always wanted to build a Gerstner style wooden tool box but the drawers were designed more for a machinist than woodworking. The project has stayed on the backburner for a long time. A few months ago i saw a picture and downloaded an article from FWW on the Essential Toolbox by Mike Pekovich. I had built a wall cabinet based on his design earlier and found that the design lent itself very well to personalizing it. The toolchest design seemed to be the same way. I really wanted a th...
Tapered cutterfinale Here we are at the grand finale…Or just me finally trusting I got to understand how it works.So ready to cut into the wood. Yes, I actually think I got it and so well that I can make any size or type I want from now in app a hour, so yes it was well worth the ride, now I have to find some projects, where I can use the tools… Even it was not the purpose, the purpose was just to play and understand. So back to that wonderful piece of beech that I sh...
It is NOT snowing today. The sun is shining and I can actually see hints of blue sky peeking from behind the clouds. (And yes – I am happy about it!) Those of you who read often know that I love winter. I love just about any season that comes to Clare, Nova Scotia. I long ago stopped being crabby about the weather because there is truly nothing that I could do about it. I figure it is a poor use of my time complaining about something that I have so little control over (aside f...
I filmed the build on my YouTube Channel. Please check it out! http://youtu.be/5zscvb5stwc I was commissioned to build this frame and thought I would take you guys along for the ride. The build consists of poplar stock, glass, black vinyl decals, glue Primary construction method was domino reinforced miters. The glass was held in with a rabbit. If you have any more comments, questions or suggestions please leave them here or on YouTube. ETSY SHOP
My aunt and her family purchased her home back in 1974. The piano came with it. At the time the piano was said to be over 75 years old. I lived there for a while and remembered it being a desk in the basement for over 17 years. I thought the actual tree or trees that were used to make it had to be maybe 30 years old at the time, plus drying time would make the wood age around 1840 or so. She decided it was time to clean out her basement and there sat this piano, or what was a piano! A man...
I purchased my first table saw a few years ago and it is still running like a champ. I have since become comfortable using dado sets, and learning how to be safe! I would love to have a nice cabinet saw, but I really do not “need” one at the moment. That being said, I have always disliked my stamped wings on the side of the table saw. For about a year or so I have looked for cast iron wings to replace them. Then I ran into the Bench Dog Pro Max cast iron router table extension. I ...
I have made up a number of graphite wax blocks to lubricate the moving metal parts of my Craftsman saw. Here are instructions. Make lubricating graphite wax sticks. by NelsonStudios Here are some pictures of what I did.
Tapered Reamertesting and final layout for cutter The new reamer need to be tested before I cut into the final cutter.First of all for the angle I have now chosen. So I drill another hole in the test piece. And ‘ream’ it. It goes really easy and the cut is fine.So I am a happy monkey for now. Marking the center. Then 20 degrees up from there. The same on the back. Now you can see how they are offset, due to the tapered hole. So I can connect them wit...
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...
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