So it was hole drilling day today (and yesterday too I guess….) Did I mention that I decided to go with the Veritas Twin Screw for the end vice? Up to that point, I had less than $100 invested in the bench materials, but had a bit of tax money back so I went for it….:) The end cap (on top) is cross drilled for bench screws at the middles and rear and the vice face is below: Dry fitting the twin screw: Forget to photograph, but I also planed the vice face w...
So, back in June we packed up our house in upstate NY and moved down to the west coast of Florida. I managed to get my entire shop into one U-box (U-haul’s version of PODS) The ubox is 5’x8’x8’. I am looking forward to switching from a basement shop to a garage shop. However, our current home is temporary until we can get the money out of the sale of our house in NY and find a suitable house down here with at least a 3 car garage (2 cars and a shop). Until we fi...
My 6 year old great grandson Austin, very quietly asked me if he could use my workshop to make a rockingchair, and he would let me help. I found a plan for a child’s rocker on Fine Woodworking that would workwith a few changes and made a practice model. Austin then came out and took over the workshop. First he carefully drew the outline, then he had to cut it out. Then he carefully sanded, after I took the pictures, I would assist him with the operation of all machinery....
Got the shipping notice on my new guide tube. I doubt it will be here for the long weekend, but in the meantime I’ll use a clamped piece of MDF or something as an immobile fence so I can get something done. I’ve promised my wife a little stand for her new iPad, and I have some 3/4 black walnut that’s been stickered for a year in the basement that I’ve been wanting to use. I think I will likely make one like this one from Amazon. Simple to make, some routed edges ...
Hello all! In addition to wood working, I am very involved with the Boy Scouts of America. Both of my sons are Boy Scouts and I am currently an Assistant Scout Master. One of our Eagle Scout Candidates recently completed his Eagle project that involved removing an “old” Cedar Rail Fence. Rather than see all of this beautifully aged cedar turn into firewood; I offered to take it and repurpose it into projects. I love to make outdoor furniture and will post entries here as ...
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I started a wooden spoon as a practice carving project. It’s kind of like a very miniature mandolin back plate, neck and head stock. My coping saw is right near the top of the list for my least favorite tool, but it got the job done with a little help from a keyhole saw to cut the outline from a cherry blank (left over from the knife handles). The design will be very simple for this first one with an eye for actually being usable. It’s only slightly bigger than a large t...
For some while now I’ve had some lemon and olive logs simply…growing old in my shop, waiting for me to “get around to it” and make some sort of milling attachment for my ShopFox bandsaw. (No, I wouldn’t buy it again; it’s a machine which cuts corners where it shouldn’t, in my opinion.) Naturally, I wanted a cradle that would adjust in and out relative to the blade (on the X-axis?), while allowing me to rotate the log 90 degrees AND holding it secu...
The first bench plane that I purchased was a Buck Bros jack plane. I bought it at Home Depot on a whim. I typically like to research products before purchasing them, but I failed to do that with this plane. It looked nice enough, but I didn’t really know what to look for at the time. Alas, my Buck Bros plane was a big disappointment because I didn’t know how to tune it up and it left a rough, chunky finish on the wood. I wanted to know what was so special about those hand planes that everyone...
Take two speaker boxes that are worse for wear, and kind of water logged. Then say, “heck they aren’t exactly cheap speakers either. ummmmmmm” Mission speakers. Remove guts of both speakers. Put in plasted container and seal. Turn round and now say… “ummm now what?... followed by a gulp, ”...and he wants two… hmmmm “ Okay we first made a router jig so we can do some nice daedo to fit the speakers into and then finish the cross cut tab...
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