Today I took the 6/4 lumber parts that I had initially milled to rough dimensions so I could finish the milling process by cutting them to final lengths and widths. I left approximately a 1/16” in their widths from the table saw cuts so I could use my bench planes to remove the blade burns and saw marks. I also smoothly removed the surface’s planer marks from all flat surfaces. For the two batten parts that call for 5/8” thick timber I chose to resaw the 1 inch thick boa...
A few months ago, a friend asked me if I was good enough at woodworking to refinish a coffee table. So, I of course took the challenge and thought piece of cake. No planning, no milling, no joinery, no assembly, no problem. HA! And any of you out there who have ever refinished anything are probably laughing too. Never again -Lord willing- will I be so prideful. Soon after I scraped the first application of stripper on one side, I realized what I had gotten myself into. So, I trudged along, s...
Once I had the lumber roughly the dimensions I wanted as well as having one face and the edges jointed, it was time to get gluing! I pulled out the domino and started joining the two jointed faces on each board with dominos and glue. This was followed by A LOT of clamping, although not as much as some have done for their projects. Clamping cauls were used on some parts while pine spacers were used on others simply to avoid marks or indentations on the cedar itself. The main comp...
Just to assure both of my fans that I’m still around, I’m posting this peek of what I’m currently working on. It’s that standing desk that I mentioned in a previous blog entry. It will sit on the corner of a desk top, thus it’s triangular. The ribs you see are to allow adjustability in case the user breaks their lleg and has to sit instead of stand. I guess it would also work if they used a high stool. If you look on the left side of the picture you can s...
I was actually at the beginning last weekend. I was all excited to get out to the shop and start cutting these beasts down to rough lengths and go to work with the scrub plane. And then… Well, I’ve been kinda amassing a bunch of crap over the last few years. I have wet grinders, antique table saws, old hand saws, bench vises, scroll saws, ‘bout 1/2 dozen electric motors and a ton of miscellaneous crap that I’ve just kinda been piling up in whatever empty floor sp...
My father-n-law sent me his BB gun stock for practice. Although the wood in these stocks are very soft it had its challenges nevertheless.After scribing the design on the stock I began to carve inside the banner area to relieve it so the banner looks correct and raised.After that i began on the banner itself, relieving the outter edge and making the folds more apparentThen I started stippling the area that was relieved inside the banner. Finally it was time to start on the gator and releave ...
Spent an inordinate amount of time on the lid of the Dutch tool chest this weekend. I glued up the panel a few days ago but left it in the clamps with the intention of spending a day preparing it for the breadboards (cutting to final size, flattening) and putting the breadboards on it. Panel is Ponderosa pine, breadboard ends are Douglas-fir. Didn’t quite finish yesterday, so took a couple hours today and finished up. It was a learning experience. These are my first breadboard en...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVPQmjiwxVg Sorry so long between videos, I have ben swamped with work and family obligations much of the summer…. In this video I discuss my rationale for abandoning a couple of projects mid stream.
I accidently posted this project in the works in the wrong place a few weeks ago and I’m still working on it so I thought I’d bolg it. It’s a wall cabinet plan from Fine Woodworking. I’ve used all sorts of odds and ends laying around my shop for wood so nothing is quite like the original plan (it’s more fun that way). I finally decided to paint this project instead of staining…with much input from my wife! The tricky part has been getting the shelf location...
Machineshop benefits in woodworking #7: modifying my harbor freight workbench vise and adding clamping capability.
I am making some clamping brackets that work like the jerguson style bar clamp brackets, to be used on my woodworking bench, I can’t use the already made jerguson clamp adjustable bracket, because it will interfere with the benchtop that I want to use it on, so I made my own style of clamp brackets. https://youtu.be/IUfLjcOhbmU have fun in the shop…
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