I really like quick, no pressure projects. My daughter ask me yesterday how to glue straws to a piece a plastic packaging to make a table for her AG doll. Of course I dismissed that notion and volunteered to make her a table. From the scrap bin she picked out a piece of Jatoba. A 3/8” oak dowel and we are under way. Resaw and plane…. The real value in these little projects is the freedom to experiment. I wanted to try splaying the legs in both dimensions. This...
We had a very cool summer here in the South, so I was able to work on the shop most mornings and some afternoons. The shop is heavily insulated but not air conditioned. I have a little 1500 watt electric radiator for the winter, doing a bangup job. It was 9F when I went out this morning, but the shop was holding at 60F. Anyway, I completed the assembly table and a roll-around clamp rack. The rack is double sided, the longer clamps are on the back. The work on the table is one of the p...
The production of the ends has been covered previously so I will not bore you with that again. After measuring out the handle holes I used a 12.5mm straight bit to make the handle opening. This I did on the shaper angling the stock end and slowly allowing the bit to fully penetrate the timber, once this was through it was just a simple matter of ensuring the handle was centralised on the timber. I then used a round over bit to finish off the edges, then all will need a final fill an...
I took the day off of writing yesterday because I wanted to really make a dent in the new projects that I have been working on. Sometimes I find myself getting lost in the ‘social media’ part of the day and it leads me down a path that sometimes may not be very productive. I don’t worry much about this, as I feel that I do make up for my time spent fooling around with my friends and customers on the computer. Besides, there usually isn’t a day that goes by when I am ...
Woodworking for Everyone - My book is launching May 2014 in South Africa #8: Radio interview on Classic FM
hi All, thrilled to be on radio again, talking about my new book Woodworking for Everyone.. Here is the podcast, click and have a listen. https://soundcloud.com/peteralkema/classicfmwoodworking By the way for people not in South Africa the book is now listed on Amazon but doesn’t seem to be available yet, but please add to your wishlist to be notified: http://www.amazon.com/Woodworking-everyone-Peter-Alkema/dp/1431700215/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1401911813&sr=...
How to make a simple cutting board and a few tips and tricks to help get the most out of your tools. Check it out.
I’m having the good fortune of spending a week in Taiwan this summer, and we had a chance to visit Alishan which is in the central mountains. At the higher altitudes, there is a forrest of giant red cypress trees. At the beginning of our hike we only saw giant stumps which was quite sad as it was a reminder of how much is taken away from everyone when ancient trees are cut for lumber. Yet further along, we started seeing the giants that still stood. The average age of many was about a t...
It is far easier to talk about than to do, but you have to get right in order to do good work. You have to think straight, to get your concentration right, to get your mind working with your hands and not against them. Now this can take hours for me some days before I finally get focused enough to work. But when I do then the work just flies and the time whizzes by and I get something done. It feels great. But it’s a matter of concentration and when we enter the shop our mind is in a hundr...
So, yesterday the shop was flooded, veneers floating around all over, jigs all became trash and machines all wet…We spent all monday carrying hundreds of liters of water. On a happier note, i finnished all the 400 pieces of Honduras mahogany veneer for the table project.Today i will lay a test parquet to see if it gets tight enough.
Tops done, all Dados cut for dividers, and the box body is glued and clamped…..
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