After taking a brief break to begin building a sewing center for my wife, I finally had time to get back to the chess set that I’m making. There is a 30 minute video on my channel that does the detail for those interested. But I also did a 4 minute version – the link is here: http://youtu.be/mDWNgDEaaXw Hope you enjoy! This is great fun!
Common name(s): Catawba Rhododendron, Mountain Rosebay, Purple Ivy, Purple Laurel, Purple Rhododendron, Red Laurel, Rosebay, Rosebay Laurel Botanical name: Rhododendron catawbiense Synonymous: Rhododendron catawbiense var. album, Rhododendron catawbiense var. compactum Distribution: Eastern United States Description: Wood is hard, white to creamy-white with some slight colour variation on the annual rings. Texture is smooth and there is a beautiful natural lustre. Due to th...
I think I have said previously that my second hand Craftsman (315 28462) has been a problem I could not adjust it sufficiently to get a perfect or near perfect 90° cut, and I now have a couple of projects coming up where I want to be able to make decent cuts, without then having to plane or adjust the timber after cutting. So today was spent searching for a new table saw, it seems that I only had one choice (unless I went for another ‘table top’ type), although there were two o...
Since getting the #7 tuned up and finally sharpening the blade for my jack plane I have spent quite a bit of time planning the legs. My max size is 2 15/16. I have to flatten one side, then square up an edge; then square up and dimension the other edge. From there I scribed the final thickness and started planning. The #7 is pretty heavy, so I have been using the jack for most of the grunt work. I know this is a pretty boring operation and generally not one worth having an entry. But&...
My project for this week was to make cubbies for the coat rack I finished last week. I used my incra i box jig to make them. I made a few errors and had a couple small gaps but overall I was pretty pleased with my first small boxes. Here is the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDOgx--lUeI
I guess I’m just not going to find the time to write posts, so how about I share a video I posted on my “MrToolHunter” Youtube Channel. In this video I share my most-used lay-out tool, the IncraGauge, and take a quick look at Woodcraft’s new WoodRiver Offset Gauge.http://youtu.be/vdxetoT3kVM
I never mind the snow very much. Being from Chicago, I am used to polar temperatures as well as blistering heat and humidity. Anyone who grew up in Chicago knows that it is just part of life, and the old saying "if you don't like the weather – just wait – it will be different in a couple of hours" is one that really put things in perspective living in The Windy City. I suppose that is why I take things like the weather in stride. When I moved here to Nova Scoti...
Below you can see how the fenders are made. First I glued the template on the wood. Below you can see the fenders and also the spacers:Outside bandsaw work:Outside sanding:Inside sawing:Inside sanding:Out of one piece I could saw two fenders:Then I sanded the fender to the right angle:Checking the angle:Glued a spacer on the fender (The spacers are made the same way as the fenders):After the spacers where sanded I mounted them to the cabin. I also mounted the bumper. Then sanded the spenc...
Soft-head Mallet I just finished making a soft-head mallet for the dungeon workshop. It was formed from the unholy mating of hemlock (the head) and a 30 year seasoned beech branch (the handle). No electricity was used in making this mallet and nothing alive was killed in the process. Hopefully, this will keep the townspeople from paying me a visit with torches in hand. #woodworking #woodmallets http://youtu.be/b4bLDVlqZBk
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1506: I'll Have a Scoop of Spring - (Make Mine a Triple!)
You all know that I never mind winter. In fact – I actually LIKE it most times and try to enjoy every season and day that comes my way. But when yesterday's beautiful, white and fluffy snow turned into an icy rain, and I looked at my pretty red car encased up to the dash in a block of frozen snow, I couldn't help but think ahead to warmer days. It happens to the best of us. One of the many advantages of being active on social media – especially when you are a member o...
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