I spent quite a bit of time flattening and smoothing the table top last weekend. I used mostly my Lee Valley low angle jack plane, a #4 smoother, and card scrapers. I did use a little sandpaper on the edges to break them. The finish is 2 coats of a 50/50 BLO and mineral spirits mix. I find that mix to be much easier to apply than straight BLO. After that cured came 4 coats of General Finishes Armor Seal and a coat of paste wax. That meant the top was complete. Then came the bottom. ...
so i checked out an ad on craigslist for wood working tools low and behold the guy had some very good equipment for sale due to his dads estate sale. fortunately for me his son had no clue how to use the stuff . what a walked away with was 300 for a jet contractors saw, mobile base, delta tennion jig, freud dado set and another 15 or so table saw blades . if that wasn enough of a deal all his dads wood stock was for sale too i tried having him include it in the price of the saw but no dice i...
All I can say is I am very grateful for all I have….this will be a quick post and my heart goes out to all the folks in Joplin Missouri and the unreal devistation that occurred there on Sunday….. On Friday I glued up the bench top sections: Saturday – I worked on getting them semi-flat: On Sunday, I got a text from my sister asking “are you in the basement?” I was actually…..but I ran upstairs to check the weather and immediately r...
Here is a list of data that I have compiled for making columns out of 2×4s or 1×4s. It took me several days to get all the info worked out. Now if I want to build a column I can use my charts and find out exactly what I need. My charts will tell me the length of the sides, the number of the sides, how much is routed out to from the circle, and the angle to cut the wood at. Here is my link to my page. Wood Columns Data I would appreciate any and all comments you may have o...
Today I assemblies all the walls and floors together. I used 4 1/2” and 6” hexbolts to attach the pieces together. I did this because I am only renting the house I live at and want to be able to disassemble and take it with me when I move into my own house. Unless my landlord wants to buy it off me (fingers crossed) I designed the shed to be assembled this way and I am really proud of myself that its all coming together. Tomorrow I will hopefully finish the roof.
Well, now we are into November. I know I am always saying this, but where the heck does the time go? The days are so full and yet they pass so quickly. Seeing October pass always makes me kind of sad. If I had to pick a favorite month of the year, that would probably be it. Not only because the beauty of the changing colors, but the relief from summer’s heat and the memories I have from Octobers past. It always makes me feel cozy and think of when the kids were young and when I w...
Preparation for this new project started a couple of weeks ago, although planning has been going on for a while. I purchased 200 board feet of locally harvested, air dried 4/4 walnut lumber. It has been sitting in a barn for quite a few years, and most of the boards are wide and fairly straight. Price was $2.00 per board foot. From what I have seen for prices on here, this seems to be pretty good. (I know 200 bf is more than I will need for this project, but I have a few others planned....
My current shop is a 2 car garage. I’ve made some sacrifices to keep the space workable and have the machinery in there I want. I have no router table, but I can use my shaper or the Woodrat or the little green overarm router made for the printing industry. The cyclone dust collector, made from the plan first published in Wood Magazine in 1997, takes up surprisingly little floor space. Running the ducts hung from the ceiling is the only viable solution but there are more bends i...
I few updates made since this post: The Wall. I did acquire some free cabinets and bolted them to the ceiling – everything else is on the french cleats. Can be also called the wall of unfinished projects as there are several mixed in there….. A bit of “special” lumber stored under the counter…....:) Sorry for the crappy photos – just can’t get the lighting right…........ Thanks for looking. Jeff
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