Wow! I just looked at the activity log and it seems almost impossible that that much time has passed since I last commented or participated on this site. I have been back occasionally to see what’s been going on but sadly have not participated. A lot of things have happened over that last 6 year and I am finally getting settled enough to get back into doing some woodworking. I have been doing lots of home remodeling but have not built any furniture pieces since I was last at the MASW fo...
Today's post will be brief. I didn't get to finish cutting my new projects yesterday as I planned to do. First off, I decided to add more into one of the projects. It is a design that has some lettering included with it and I thought it would be nice to offer an entire alphabet to go with it. That way those who buy the pattern can customize it to say anything they want. They can even use the alphabet for any other project they care to use it for, making it really versatile. Then,...
For those that read my blog “Somehow it all came together” or those that would like to read about my woodworking please head over to http://www.merzkecustomwoodworking.com. There you will find articles, videos, pictures, and links to download my SketchUp files I make for my projects. In the future I might start making some limited plans. I hope to hear from you. Thanks!
The control box is done and mounted. I found a few things out the hard way. One was you don’t ground the motor controller. Man, the flash and the smoke! Well, that was a motor controller down the drain. Luckily, I had a spare. Upon a little research, DON’T GROUND THE MOTOR CONTROLLER’S HEAT SINK. The box I bought was aluminum, so I had to isolate the motor controller from the box. Nylon screws, washers and bolts was the solution to the grounding issue. I did ground the alumi...
Wood prep before finishing The secret to perfect finish is proper sanding of your project. All surfaces should be clean and free from all dirt and oils. Prep sanding is done with progressively finer grits. On unfinished wood, prepare the surface by using medium grit paper first, and then progress to finer grades. With most raw woods, if you are hand sanding, start sanding in the direction of the grain using a #100-150 grit paper before staining and work up to #220 grit paper. You can make ...
Ok, so this is totally a satire… my planes did not actually ever touch the cat. The blades were retraced all the way so there was no chance that the cat would get touched with the blades. In no way was my cat put in any danger or risk at all. He’s very fuzzy and we cut his hair every few months, I just happened to place him in spots and take silly pictures along the way… don’t take it seriously… its a joke. So.. a while ago I had the opportunity to sit in a...
This will be my first post on lumberjocks so I thought I would start with something simple. I’m in the process of gearing up to make a set of dining chairs and was looking for a way to secure work to the top of my bench. I drilled some thru holes in the top of my bench that will allow the clamps to be oriented towards the front or towards the side. I’ve seen bar and pipe clamps used this way but I don’t think I’ve seen handscrew clamps used this way. The bottom jaw ...
The night before my trip to IKEA this past weekend, my wife asked me to pick up a few RIBBA picture ledges for my son’s room. At first I said “sure”, until I saw the price. Sticker-shock is an understatement as we both agreed that the shelf is nothing short of a ribb-aff (rip-off). For $10 (the cost per shelf), I’m convinced I could make more than she 4 shelves that was requested. When I was IKEA, I scouted out this RIBBA shelf and found that it was just 3 ...
Greetings, You experienced woodworkers may find it amusing or simply feel a sense of familiarity with me, other folks newer to the woodworking pursuit may find reason to scale back your ambition or, depending on my outcome may find inspiration. Time will tell! This blog (following the recommendation on this site as to where content should be posted, in this case in a blog instead of a project) is intended to generate feedback from the experienced community here rather than provide advic...
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