It’s been a while since this blog started. My mind has been full of so many projects, most of which were rash decisions to start. When I wrote the original part of this I mentioned the materials and that I would start the project the next day. Well I did cut a chunk of maple and it made it’s way from the shop to my dining room table. The table has become my carving bench, this way I can spend time with the future owner to this project who happens to be my girlfriend. The exci...
Before I get on those shelves, I still need to do this: 1. Realign rip fence. 2. set up router table fence – make sure it’s at 90º 3. make a shooting board 4. make a router edge guide – i’m thinking of a double sided version of this that will (hah! SHOULD) make mortising a breeze 5. a lumber rack to keep it dry and out of the doorway, where it is currently propped. 6. Replace zero-clearance insert on crosscut sled. 7. practice on pine scrap all the...
I received a great Christmas gift,A saw blade sharpener. The tool is simple enough,with 2 sharpening wheels,one diamond bonded steel(for face grinding only) and one emery type beveled wheel(for both face and edge grinding) both have their limits and needs. The reason this is so necessary for the shop is simple,we have 30 blades,most needing sharpened. The question I have is how to clean the resin off the edges,what to use?I cut new southern yellow pine and old barn siding for project...
These need a bit more sanding and truing up the insides of the mortises then its is on to the legs and top brace. This large jointery is a lot of fun!!
Gee, another milestone. I was looking at my posts and I noticed that today, Groundhogs day 2009, is my 1000 day of being a member. This has been truly a blast and a lot of fun. Made lots of friends, and probably a few enemies. But, overall an upward time being here. Have fun guys and gals and make sawdust, or planer shavings. What ever turns you on. And thank you Martin.
In the front area of our house (the formal living and dinning combined) there are two windows that we decided need valances above them before we purchase window treatments for them. I found a picture similar to what we were looking for: The couple that I am going to build will be painted white. Normally i would start with rough lumber and process it, but because this is a painted project i went to my local box store to pick up some yellow pine as well as some molding. It...
I thought about these next steps all day today. This is another great thing about woodworking. I always have something to think about, something to plan, something to look forward to. This is turning out to be a fun little project. Next step is to figure out the style of base and top. I’m debating whether (pun) to do a pivoting top or a hinged top like a box lid. In either case I’m thinking about adding small magnets to hold it in place. It will give me something to think a...
Just thought I would post some pics from a trip to the historic old town of Vigan that myself and my girlfriend did a couple of years ago. If you,re a lover of old buildings and their furnishings then Vigan needs to be on your to do list. Vigan is a heritage listed town with an long history being part of the Manila/aculpolco galleon trade, Founded around 1572 and was one of the first towns in the new Spanish colony to have its own Cathedral, St pauls built in 1574 and the town was almost des...
After several failed attempts, I have development a new strategy for the CNC hand plane. The travel on my Z axis was making things a little too ‘tight’ for comfort and would drastically limit the flexibility in designs. This one should also allow a whole lot more of that. I’m curious to know what anyone’s thoughts might be. Please leave a comment, drop me a PM, or shoot me a mail. I would love to get some collaboration going too if anyone is interested. Here ar...
I have this row of 4 windows that I need to trim out. I want to keep it simple and rustic like the trim on this doorway (this is to my master bath): So I drew this out: But it’s really too big of a span and I need to break it up somehow. Thoughts?
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