Thought I’d post here a little about making a ‘segmented’ or glued-up gavel. First few pix show the glue-up and clamping. (And people, (non-wodworkers-wives-co-workers), wonder why us lumberjocks always need more clamps!) Then turning the handle: And then turning the head of the gavel. I leave my handle tenon about 7/8 inch on large gavels. I drill the handle tenon (1/4”) and insert 2” piece of steel rod or carbon fiber to reinforce it at th...
Hendrik Varju is a well known furniture designer/craftsman who operates “Passion for Wood” near Toronto, Canada. He also offers woodworking courses and seminars and has been widely published in woodworking magazines in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Australia. In 2007, Hendrik started producing DVD courses and he has offered to provide some of them as prizes in Lumberjocks contests. You can see the full list of all of Hendrik’s DVD courses here: http://passionforwood.com/...
With the cabinets in place, I turned my attention to the shelf that would be placed between them, on which the saw will sit. Because I had some questions about attachment of the fence, I contacted Fine Woodworking magazine and obtained Bob O’Brien’s e-mail address. I asked him for specific info regarding the fence. He sent back a detailed response that included how he made and installed the shelf. Bob made his from a buildup of ¾” MDF and phenolic plywood and wrapped it in a border of sol...
For those of you in New England, you know what a beast of a winter this has been. It seems like whenever we get rid of the snow, another round comes through and dumps all over us. That said, I’ve been looking forward to the warmer weather slowly approaching. We’re doing some work on the house (new roof, new beam (termites), and a new mudroom). As part of the new mudroom, my wife wants me to do a built-in locker/cubby/storage/bench thing. It will be my first attempt at trim ...
I had a good and busy weekend. Even though we had some (more) snow delivered to our area, I made good use of my time indoors and made headway on my new designs and spent a couple of hours each night doing some needlework. That (to me!) was a great weekend. There was one incident that rather bothered me though, and I am not sure why, but I need to vent about it here. Those of you who read on a regular basis know that I don’t usually use my blog here to gripe about things. I like to...
So far I have been able to spend about 3 days a week in the shop. I picked up a Craftsman Table saw from a Sears sidewalk sale, at this time everything seems good with the set-up. I wasn’t happy with the blade that came with it so I picked up a new one along with a dado blade and some 0 clearance plates at the Woodcraft store in Pelham Al. The wife calls it the $1000.00 store. Good thing its 50 miles away. The new blade cuts like butter, After adjusting the drive belt. I even got to ...
So I have been working on a pretty large trim project, 100 ls window, 40 or so doors, milled 1.125” x 3.5” milled cypress casing, 5/4 rosetts and plints, 8 ” milled baseboard, some arches, pretty straightforward trim job, but for fixing all the mistakes from the framer and drywaller… its sad how little pride some tradesmen have in their work today.at any rate, I usually try to expand my equipment a little during each project. I had to route out a 1/2” x 3/16&...
This is a new piece I will be working on over the next 3 or 4 months. It is 5”x7”x3.20”, a small carving for me, the wood is Alaskan Yellow Cedar. All in all this will be an unusual project. I will be on a trip to Florida next week to visit my dad, and when I get back I will begin a full fledged commission work for a client/friend, a bust of her Swiss mountain dog! I will spend an hour or two on most days after the commission piece working on this Green man for The Sawcliffe...
In Fine Woodworking magazine’s Winter 2014 Tool & Shops annual issue, Robert O’Brien shared his various shop work stations, including a chop saw station. As I studied it, I came to really like it, and decided to build one identical to it. It incorporates a shelf for the miter saw, flanked on both sides by a set of two base cabinets. There is a lot of work involved in this build and after a good start; I decided to post this as a blog series. If done timely, the first post would have s...
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