I’ve always wanted a big band saw, but never wanted to spend a pile of $$$ for one. I’ve suffered with a C-man tilt head band saw for a couple of years and it’s simply terrible. I found a couple of threads regarding Gilliom Manufacturing, Inc., Gil-Bilt 18” band saws on this site and started looking for one on-line. The company has been making woodworking machine kits since the 1940s…and I believe they’re still in business. After a lot of searching, I...
I do a lot of jobs that require, using old reclaimed lumber, and I really don’t like using my good table saw to cut up junk wood. So it was time to build a portable knockdown table saw, that can be assembled using only four clamps, and disassembled and put away for storage, and not use up a lot of wall space during storage. This video is a demo, of it being assembled with 4 clamps. and cutting a test piece and it’s portability it offers in storage. https://youtu.be/GLne0N...
Final sanding is done and the body is read for finish. I first de-waxed the shellac, and then applied four coats by hand. This photo is after the first coat. I put the parts together to have a look-see what the final guitar might look like. Now I’ll wait a while for the shellac to harden and then apply may coats of wipe on poly.
I didn’t have as much time today but I continued with my gouge chisel to remove more wood from around my outline it’s really cool and the chisels are really enhancing my enjoyment of this discipline , basswood is like melting away like butter. I also started using my “V” tool I believe it gets this term because of the veining profile it gives to the wood I’ll be using this a lot inside the pattern to define key features such as the feathers and add some 3rd di...
Since I don’t have a ton of available time each day I spend about 90 minutes in the mornings to woodwork so every time I update the days you can see my progress Day 1: I lay out my pattern on the basswood and using carbon paper trace the image onto the wood, then I break the outside edges of the pattern so as that I can stop carve the outside of the image eventually raising the pattern . Here is the image at two end of day 1
I was doing some cleaning up and general maintenance around the shop when I realized that most of my big power tools are a lot older than I realized. For example my 5 HP Delta table saw is 10 years old. My jointer is about 15 years old, so is the spindle sander, drill press, and band saw. Then I started looking at hand held power tools. Again, most, if not all of them are at least 10 years old. So are many of the router bits, saw blades, and other metal necessities. All of them still wor...
On the recommendation of a guy I know at Woodcraft he said to buy quality chisels because if you don’t you might not like carving.. So I did ,he recommended Pfeil : Swiss Made carving chisels but as far as chisels go they are on the exspensive side running anywhere from $30 -$60 each from what i can see… So to start my collection off I just got 2 chisels and a good quality mallet .
I needed to do a little research to see if the relief carving was what I wanted to do so i purchased a book called Wood Carving Basics by David Sabol It’s a great book that covers all the carving disciplines , chip carving, relief carving, and in the round . He also recommends what the basic carving chisels to start out with… Which is what I need to do next..
So I was watching Rough Cut and Tommy Mac was building a blanket chest and it had a beautiful carved pattern on it and that was all the inspiration I need to start on this road. As well my body is feeling old of late and I just want to do something small and craftsy and not be hauling big ass 4×8 plywood sheet all over the place.
Accurate, clean marks are critical to any fine woodworking project. For years my marking tool arsenal consisted of a tape measure and a pencil, sometimes sharp (maybe). To mark the center of a board edge was hit or miss—mostly miss! As my quality progressed, so did my need for accurate ways to mark. How can you cut it or drill it right if you don’t start with a proper starting point. For the last few years I have been on the look-out for anything that would help achieve that. Not ...
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