After all the challenges I met to add the logo to my son’s skateboard, I have to say that I’m quite pleased with the result. The decal is a “window decal” purchased at Staples. I sprayed a coat of clear-coat on top of the printed decal to prevent the ink from bleeding. I attached the decal to the skateboard by placing it on a wet layer of waterbased wipe-on poly and then coated it all with several more layers of poly. I love how the wood shows through the “...
It has been a couple of months since I have posted but I have been slowly coming along with the Barnsley Table. The stretcher had a lot of carving and bevels, but they are finished. It had some interesting joinery issues as well. The stretcher has almost the identical joinery that the upper frame has. I made one change here to simplify construction and that was to not have an acute point on the tenon. The pencil is pointing to the squared off tenon. Doing that made the mortise much ...
Well, yesterday I decided to mortise my box to accept the hinges. I don’t have a jig for this, but since they are very small hinges I decided to free hand them with the router and a straight bit. I practiced a couple of times on a piece of scrap and got the depth perfect, then I made my cuts on the box and they turned out great! Next I decided to connect the lid and the box with the hinges and here is where the problems started… My original plan was to connect the lid to the...
I received this email from a friend and this is what he said. These pictures were taken during our trip to Oregon in Aug., 1991. This tree is/was the worlds largest Stika Spruce. The “was” being, the tree was destroyed during the storm last week in the NW. The winds were said to be in excess of 100 mph. Ironically, as the sign says, the largest Fir tree about 3 mi. away was destroyed during a severe storm in Nov. 1962. I hope you can read the sign, however, the circumferenc...
This is on my woodworking project bucket list. Every time I see the prices of these machines I just turn away and decide scroll sawing is not for me. Thanks to YouTube I have seen that it is possible to make an affordable homemade alternative. This drawing is a combination of several different homemade scroll saws on the internet. It is designed to have a 600mm (Aprox 24 inch) throat depth and a tiltable table as well as a toe to hold the work down. The arm that supports the toe could also be...
My wife has instructed me that I have quite a long list of items to be built. Much to my excitement, I’ve enjoyed looking at different designs and coming up with some rudimentary plans for these items. However, when I went out to my garage (shop), I noticed that my lumber supply is rather meek. Here is my sad list of lumber: Oak: 2 – 1/2” x 12” x 36” plywood boards 1 – 1/2” x 6” x 60” solid board Aspen:3 – 1” x 3...
From a #35 Harvey Peace cabinet saw
I almost didn’t share this amazing stupid mistake with everyone, but the outcome is likely to be a very positive. After Christmas I bought a new Lie Nielsen #7, with money I got from my family and some of mine. It came in last week and this weekend I used it for the first time. I got the blade all tuned up and took a few passes on a test board and centered the blade. Then started to true up some boards, I had just milled for my new workbench. After a little while I started to see...
This is my old work bench. It came with the house. It has a built-in ashtray and it looks like the stretchers were recycled from an old road barricade. It is wobbly and scarred, and it is time to replace it. I decided to construct the frame from 6’ 1×4 white pine from Home Depot. I laminated the legs from three pieces. Before gluing, I used my router to mill mortises in the center pieces of the laminations. Here are the four legs clamped during the gluing of the first tw...
My current workbench is a hand-me down kitchen cabinet from my mother in law. A mid grade 3 drawer w/ a butcher block top. I didn’t want to take it at first but then thought…...this would be nice in my woodshop. I threw some wheels on it for mobility and the drawers actually are convenient for holding hold a lot of my power tools. Top is semi sturdy. Fast forward and I thought this would be a great router table. Deciding on a router plate: Did I even need a router p...
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