I’m never going to buy a new tool again. Yeah right, but I can try not too. They are so expensive. If you have been following my recent posts I’m getting back into the craft after a long layoff. This series is devoted to the fine are of picking up used tools on the cheap. Recently I discovered ( or re-discovered ) the pawn shop. OMG !!!!!!! the selection of tools is incredible. I recently picked up a Porter Cable 1 3/4 Hp router kit with plunge and standard base. Grea...
I am going to a woodworking class in April in Kentucky. I am a novice woodworker and I am getting nervous. I will be making a small table with a dovetail drawer. I have never made a table or a dovetail. I figured I better try here at home so I bought some poplar and have started a table. The glue up on the table top went well and I am having fun with the plane trying to make it nice and smooth. I hope there is some thickness to it when I am done. I discovered that I should have made the morti...
The beauty of a fine piece of furniture can be destilled down to the geometry. The angles, the ratios, the use of different colors to create leading lines that take the eye around the piece, just as one would do with a fine painting. I don’t know if most woodworkers use a compass or not, but I have dug mine out and rediscovered my love of geometry. A straight edge, a pencil, a compass and it is amazing what one can calculate. The below picture is my favorite geometry proof. I...
Yes I am using this more or less as a platform to encourage folks to do their part in taking waste and making it something wonderful. But what are the sources of waste wood that folks are using to keep the stuff out of the landfill? I would like to start, and would greatly appreciate other folks chiming in with their suggestions… #1. Tree Services. While some do sell logs and such to mills, or cut up and sell wood as firewood. Many simply chuck the wood into a chipper the off to t...
Thought you might like to see the progress tonight over at my blog.
Here are some photos of the construction of my small shaker table, it measures 271/2”W x 19”D x 22”H.I used cherry and maple. Legs are tapered from 1 1/4” to 7/8” on the inside edges. tenons mortises glue up corner bracing, and the dadoes i cut for the clips that hold the top. assembled, notice the bead on the bottom edge of the apron. finished, three coats of linseed oil and paste wax. I am in the process of building another one, but a littl...
A Thousand Posts!! Not much at all, compared to the more prolific here, but it’s somewhat of a landmark for me… I’ve been reflecting on what my time here has taught me…I’ve learned better and faster ways of doing things. The combined skills of the members here on LJ’s is unparalleled!! Their willingness to share those skills is truly a breath of fresh air, in what seems an increasingly hostile and unfriendly world…I’ve learned that those same pe...
So the wife has been VERY generous lately and let me pick up a lathe and all kinds of fun pen making parts and wood… SO… I wanted to do something nice for her in return. I’ve entered her in a local contest that could win her a trip to the spa with some gal pals. Here’s the link: http://charlotteobserver.upickem.net/engine/Details.aspx?p=V&c=19185&s=4460863&i=1&m=X#SD Please vote if you get a chance. You can vote once an hour but even once would...
I got the first coat of finish put on my turned Mexican pot and it looks good. The finish is dry in this photo and I will now sand with 600 grit wet paper and then put another coat of finish on the piece.
I did 3 coats of poly on the legs/aprons, and 5 on the lower shelf. Overall, I’m pretty happy with it, though I did not sand the bottom shelf as well as I should have. I got antsy wanting to get it all together and thought I had sanded enough, though really all I did was clean up the joints between the boards – so the machine ripples are still evident at the right lighting angle. But, for the first thing I’ve ever designed, built, and finished from scratch I think i...
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