Has anyone heard about the new Bench Cookies being offered by Rockler? These just got reveled at AWFS last week in Las Vegas. These small hockey puck looking objects are designed to hold a workpiece steady and firm to your bench without the use and hassle of clamps. From the picture above, you can see that they are coated on both sides with a rubber-like surface. Probably something similar to that used in rubber mats designed for traction. One surface will hold firmly to your workpiece...
Home Building 101: Basement Finishing IdeasHot Basement Ideas for Room Layouts Your basement can be the most diverse area in your home. What should you include? Many people include a bathroom, bedroom, game room, storage room, and a home theater if your budgeting allows. If you need a place for your book collection or a spare room for your guests, your basement may be among your best bets. What are other ideas for getting the most use of your basement? Lets answer this question while ensur...
Today, I took the rough parts and managed to achieve a few dry fits. The first one was to make sure the dadoes and tenons fit. The second one was to see how it looked with the bow cut out of the bottom piece and with the pre-finished panels installed. A couple of thoughts: be sure your table saw is waxed properly when cutting tenons like this. It helps if you don’t have to use force to push the piece through the saw. I realized I’m already using some of the stuff I learne...
GRANT IS COMING HOME—-STOP THE PRESSES…ALL LJ’s READ!!! I just got the news on Grant’s blog—-GRANT…who has been in the HOSPITAL for 376 days…and 1200 miles from home is COMING HOME TO NAPA…I AM CRYING…I just checked his blog after being on LJ’s for toooo long and I missed the post until 10:30 pm….so I cant race through the house screaming with all in bed…but I really want to … WHO IS GRANT i started this BLOG ...
After completing the involved corner cabinets with built-in tall clock, I now mean to build the next element in this project, the Telescoping Desk. Its necessary for it to telescope because it has to blend with the profile of the other cabinets, mostly bookshelves, and because space is at a premium in the room itself. So the desk, closed, is only fourteen and a half inches deep and fifty one inches wide. Highly unsatisfactory dimensions for a desk. But the author of the Honey-Do list as...
I finally got around to working on the console again and I’m now jumping in with the inlays and edge banding the top to cover my biscuit mistake. I cut some strips of walnut and purpleheart to about 7/8” wide and 3/8” thick that would get sanded down to 1/4”. Since I don’t have a thickness sander, I tried out a jig I saw in an old FWW magazine to use a drum sander on the drill press to accomplish the same task on thin strips. The jig is simply a fixed bo...
WHAT'S UP? "While I'm out in my Shop". #13: Using steel rebar for a lumber rack, and Expanding my shop.
I’ve been way to crowded in my shop, especially since I went from a radial arm saw to a table saw. A radial arm saw works fine in a narrow shop, because it’s against the wall Plus adding a thickness planer. I haven’t use the automobile side of my garage for years now. About all its been used for is to accumulate things.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This is a rough sketch of my floor plan. I plan to keep the partition down the cent...
Up until now the extension wing to the BT3100 has been a simple two layer 3/4” pine ply lamination. Simply a nice, flat table top. That is all about to change… LOML gave me an early Christmas present of a Bench Dog Pro Plate and Rockler insert template, and I have some Rockler miter track just laying around, so it was time to measure up where I wanted everything, and write is down. 5.25” in from each side, 7” in from the end. Miter slot in 5.5” from the end. ...
Happy New Year to all the great gals & guys at LJ. Rose & Dudley
Well it happened, I was building a couple drawers for my boy’s dresser and had a small accident. While I was a little tired, I just didn’t think. I was cutting multiple pieces and assembling. Once 2 drawers were complete, I decided to cut the pieces for one additional drawer…..that is when it happened….kickback! Set up the fence to cross-cut a couple matching length pieces, but forgot to add the small scrap block spacer to allow for a gap for the off-cut piece. Le...
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