I feel like I got lots done this weekend. The one thing I have noticed is that the plans I have for this give you lots of instruction for some things and absolutely NO instruction for others. Makes it sort of difficult at times. Anyway…here’s what I did this weekend…. First I attached the drawer slides… Then I glued the pedestals together The plans called for all the parts to be cut out first but I learned a long time ago not to do that, so once the ped...
Just a quick blurb to show the next couple of projects on the bench. Both of these designs are original modifications of existing furniture. I’ve taken ideas from several sources for each and combined what I thought might be esthetically pleasing and structurally effective elements. Again, both projects will be pushing (hard) the boundaries of my skill level and exploring new as yet for me, several untouched areas of the craft. I would appreciate any comments be they suggestions, ide...
When I bough my new home – an important feature was a huge white oak. 75’ dripline and about 176” circ at three feet above grade. Big ice storm Dec 21. Major damage. Remainder of tree must come down. No apparent rot. But told major danger in trying tp preserve. Bummer! Estimated at 325 to 400 years old. About 10 feet to first remaining branch. How could one best preserve some rounds or major planks that would allow the age to be appreciated?I’ve seen some ...
I finally settled on a Sawstop Contractor model for my table saw. First, the bad news: $1449.00 Contractor saw and steel stand$190.00 Cast Iron wings$390.00 52” T-Glide fence+tax= $$$$$$$$—-still too recent to do the math and remind myself. I didn’t get the moble base ($160) or the outfeed table ($???) as I don’t plan to move the saw around the shop and I plan on making my own outfeed table. The good news (happily there’s plenty of this): The assem...
Cutting the Dovetail pins. This curly maple is so much softer than the zebrawood. phew Chiseling the pins. I like to use the chisel the whole way. I used to get out the coping saw and cut off most of the tail clearing but it’s way faster to just take them out with the chisel as you go along. It took me about 40 minutes to cut and chisel the tails which is about 16 tail recesses total. There are some great links on youtube for cutting them by hand.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2u...
I started thinking about building a new wood shop back in early February. One night while i was working down in my finished basement little work shop and I had just finished making a bunch of cuts with the table saw and looked up to see that the room was filled with sawdust and then i looked down and seen the air intake vent for the furnace. I thought to myself this is it. I can’t keep going on like this. I MUST BUILD A PROPER WOOD SHOP!!! And so the planning began. I read books on fra...
Well, this blog is my first blog, but I thought it would be interesting for me to detail my little adventure in setting up my new shop. In my Workshop page, I talked about moving to a new apt, where I would have a portion of my garage to be dedicated to a shop (of sorts). So this blog is a continuation of that original posting. I added a few pics to the workshop page, as I haven’t figured out how to embed them here in the blog yet. I snapped a couple pics last night after I sort...
Yeah, it seems obvious now. You probably shouldn’t even make the cut on the table saw at-all; but even if you do stop the saw and then remove the piece. Carnage as follows: I also enjoyed a nice piece of 7/8” maple top slamming me below the belt. No broken skin, but it hurt like hell! A few inches lower and I’d be a eunuch now. I’m a little sore today but not bad. Other than a small cut on the back of my hand and the shot to the gut I escaped relativel...
I’m in the middle of this project, using walnut that I helped my dad cut some 30 years ago and has been in a barn drying ever since. I’m making this full size bed for my one twin daughter, as she asked me to do it. This is really my first major furniture project ever and has been quit the learning experience. I’ll post pix ASAP. All pieces are cut and sanded, now I’m going to fill the pores with orange shellac and sanding and then do a French polish finish on the m...
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