I got hooked on woodworking 50 years ago in high school and have always been going to have tools to do some. I’ve gotten several of the tools and still add to that on occasion. I grew up in the Midwest but got dislocated to California. My family still has land back there so when I’m there I’m picking thru the woods. I have nearly 1000 bdft of black walnut and last deer season I realized that I was standing next to some storm damaged red oak. I have the logs at a sawmill righ...
So, I’m doing my thing… looking on craigslist for the next great tool deal. I usually rummage thru the “For Sale – tools” section for ideas. Then I look thru garage sales which often will have better prices on the same types of tools. One Saturday a few weeks back… I stumble across an add in the garage sale section for a sale at a storage unit business. They’re cutting locks & selling stuff at some units. Other units, the p...
I got a lot done yesterday for the joinery on the long stretchers and am about 90% finished with it, but tonight I wanted to “take a break” so to speak. I got home from the gym late this evening and wanted to get a couple hours in, but after a long day of work and a long evening of training, I wanted to work on something different. I was worried that I might be apt to make a mistake on the joinery since I’m a bit worn out physically and mentally at the moment. One of the ...
I finished getting the cleats up this weekend and the task was made somewhat easier by the fact that I finally replaced my crappy old Blacka nd Decker VPX cordless driver with an 18v DeWalt. However, I also learned that the DeWalt will, very easily, snap the head off a #6 screw if you don’t have the clutch dialed in correctly. I’m sure I broke off two before I got it set up nicely. Things went a lot smoother after that! Sunday greeted us here in Winnipeg with 60 km/h winds a...
Two points in this post: 1. Dealing with tricky glue-ups2. Obtaining a decent quality plane…...finally! I need to say – this is probably not the conventional approach to making a bench, by building the top first – but I don’t build off of plans – rather I build from the materials at hand – so the final product is not always known up front. What I’m trying to say is – I will later build a base that fits the top. Definitely not the textb...
This spring is sure going fast. I am gathering tools and etc together, turning and sharpening them in preparation for this year’s class at Marc Adams School of Woodworking. This year I’m taking a course on craving for conservation and restoration of furniture. My fifth year at Marc’s.Carving just seems to have hit a good nerve. I have done some simple, like repairing a broken off foot on a table. The let was fluted. I have done a very rough fan in pine. And a repair on...
Woodworking projects under way. #13: Wood Magazine clamshell cabinet part deaux. dadoes cut, now on to the rabbets...
The parts are cut do width, and the dadoes are cut. I have the door sides and case tops / bottoms cut to width, I now need to cut the rabbets, and cut the door tops / bottoms to size. Progress is going much quicker on cabinet #2 when I am actually working on it, I have learned from my mistakes I believe. The overall height has been reduced 1/8” by my error, but at least I will be able to make up for that error… I will have to wait until the weekend to get the peg board and hing...
A small step for this tool cart, a huge step for woodworking… or not really, but a small step nonetheless. I was able to dry fit the mitered carcass, and trim the horizontal and vertical drawer dividers to make them fit while keeping everything square (or as close to square as I could manage): had to leave it like that for the rest of the evening, but was able to sneak back to it for a short while longer and cut a 1/8” slot on all the fronts and backs of all the parts...
Recently I purchased an old side table, which I totally fell in love with: After removing an ad hoc shelf that was nailed to the bottom cross brace, sanding it down a bit, regluing a few joints, and tightening some of the bolts underneath, I felt like it was quite beautiful indeed. But the veneer on the top was wearing thin in a few spots: So, of course, I go to my veneers planning on putting something over top of it (after I sand the rest of the old off of course) Thing is, I do...
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