So I milled lumber today, again. Making smaller boards out of larger ones, only today I used 2×8’s to make a 3” slab for one of the aprons instead of the 4” slabs that I have made the past 2 days. The milling process is, in my opinion, the most boring part of any project, but no less important than any other step. Kind of a necessary evil if you will. But the magic of music made the time fly by leaving me with only one more slab to glue tomorrow. Curiosity got the be...
Today I started by removing yesterday’s back piece from the bending press and gluing up another one. Then I took one of the first ones I made and scraped any glue squeeze out from one edge. [Below] Running the clean edge along my rip fence, I skim trim the other edge to get it smooth. Then I do the same with the opposite side. [Below] The back piece blank is larger than needed. In this case, the space between the sides is 17 inches, just like it should be. I transfer that mea...
Does anyone know of a good woodworkers guild in the Tulsa area? OR, is there others out there interested in starting one? I have a few woodworking friends in the are and I know there are many more, but cannot find a way in which they can connect. I was thinking of starting one where local Tulsa area people could meet, discuss projects, etc and perhaps do a couple charity builds a year or so – like build bookcases or benches for local schools or outreach centers etc. Please rep...
I’ve finally figured out some direction for the ‘Book Project’ which I’ve been thinking towards for some time. I’m writing the book in my second language, Esperanto, so unfortunately it won’t be much use for Lumberjocks directly. However, I’m going to have to progress a bit in my woodworking journey for the content of the book. For example, I’m going to have to get my dad’s jack plane working and expand my joinery techniques a bit. Not s...
As I looked back at the last few blog entries, I hoped that I didn't appear to be negative or upset. While I was definitely going through a time where I didn't feel very productive or focused, I only shared those posts because I want you all to know that it is part of the process. Perhaps by me writing down and telling you all about it, it also helped to remind myself that it is perfectly natural (if not necessary) and something that I shouldn't be worried about. I often rece...
Well today was just like yesterday as I made the other half of the top. So again I started with four 2×10’s and a 16 oz. bottle of glue and ended up with a 4” thick slab 11” wide and an empty bottle of glue. I’ve never had to glue together so many 2×4’s at once before and to be honest I struggled with it yesterday. While the boards where very straight and flat a few of them where bowed and it caused some of the glue to drip out before I was able to the...
Have a stack of White Oak planks to molest. Boss said she wants a new end table. Bottom is enclosed Has a doorTop squared off So, with that set points and a couple trips with the tape measure, it is off to the Dungeon shop:Took along ONE plank for this trip. Me and stairs are not on the best of speaking terms right now, so minimum loads going down the steps works best. Plank was 9” wide, by 63” long, by 7/8” thick. Figured I could get the top out of it. Cro...
[Below] The front legs are put on first because they have that convenient cut out which serves to support the seat frame. [Below] I’ve drilled and countersunk the holes in these pieces so that once they’re on it’s done. [Below] Before the glue dries I check that the legs are sitting the same. We’ll presume my table saw top is even. [Below] The backs legs to not have a mechanical reference for their position so I cut two sticks from the scrap and cl...
This morning I pegged the last 2 seat frames from yesterday and glued up another back piece. Onward! [Below] I used my official dovetail saw to cut the dowels flush with the side of the wood. [Below] I’m unsure if it helped, but I put a piece of duct tape on the side of the saw to try and keep the dowels microscopically proud of the surface and protect the wood from saw scratches. [Below] I was supposed to round over the inside tops of the sides before assembling the fr...
So after alot of contemplation and watching many, many youtube videos, I finally decided that my new workbench was going to be a sort of Nicholson styled bench. I downloaded sketchup, drew it out, and picked up the lumber. I probably should have taken more time to choose lumber with less/smaller knots, but I guess after I beat it up in a year or two the knots will only add to the character. I plan on making the top in two 4” thick slabs about 11” wide to make the glue up ...
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