Well friends, it has been one cold temperature spell the last few weeks here in my shop as you may have realized from past blogs. I finally got a chance to tend back to my main project, something new to me as I have never created a seat of any kind before. I have found the process a lot to learn regarding proper pitch/splay when boring in the legs. It is really nothing all that complicated all the while nothing to get careless with either. Soon the time approached for me to address my i...
So I’ve decided to build my workbench and have settled on this for a design from Fine Woodworking: It’s a nice size for my work area, and will definitely be a skill builder. I can make the bench with or without the drawers, but I’d like to give them a try as well. The frame is mortise and tenon and the drawers are made with box joints, neither of which I’ve ever tried. Yesterday I fired up the jointer and planer and dressed the lumber for the frame. I had b...
Well, all 11 interior shelves are glued up. I really need to buy more clamps. All but one has been sanded along with both sides and the top and bottom. Urethane on both sides and three shelves. A busy week at work coming up so no evening shop time this week. But all-in-all, a good weekend. Next weekend, finish the urethane. The following weekend, final build and finish. Observation 1, wouldn’t it be nice if the part of the project you enjoy least came first so you could get it...
I’ve got three coats of waterlox on it. When it’s plenty dry, about a week or two (it’s shiny wet in these pictures) I’ll wet sand it lightly with 600 grit wet/dry paper and then spray a coat of polyurethane. I’ve also yet to install the hinges. Four chest hinges. I’m going to install the hinges on the front as the bench will be up against a wall and opening from the front would necessitate pulling it away from the wall. Opening from the back would eliminat...
If you’ve been following this blog you’ll know the table saw ‘went for a Burton’ yesterday. I’m done dwelling on the inconvenience this will cause mid build and am resolved to just get this project done and delivered as soon as I can by any means possible. The final duty the gutless saw performed today, before putting it in the garden shed out the way, was to hold the router inverted for making the cornice pieces. I would call it a table saw mounted router tab...
I’ve worked my schedule for the rest of the summer to have sunday evenings free, all mondays and most tues. That gave me the time to head out an get some work accomplished. The first step was actually replacing the corner post of the house. 2 2×6s with 2 pieces of sandwiched 1/2” ply made a beam thick enough and I just left it the 5.5” wide since it would fit in the wall and offer extra support. The back wall below the side entryway window was also as bad as I expected ...
I am tearing down our 150+ year old pine/hemlock barn and love the look of the barn wood. I want to use some to make 2 tables, chairs, banquette, and flooring. We have found one nest of termites in the rafters. I wont be using any roofing wood, but I am extremely concerned about bringing bugs into my home. What do I need to do to ensure that all my lumber is pest free?
Well I got my plywood home, although the fellow at the lumber yard looked at me kinda funny when I asked him to load load it on top of my RAV4 :-) I marked off my stations, measured for the cut lines, nailed, and the drew my cutlines along the station points. My circ saw is a bit dodgy so I thought I’d just join the two panels together and cut them on the bandsaw which worked pretty good. The cut, as you might expect when ‘guiding an 8’ long 2’ wide sheet f...
OK so I just learned a little while ago that a saddle square exists and is sold. Please register your opinion on why some folks buy a “saddle square” instead of joining two pieces of scrap together at a 90, let’s just say 1/2” thick, 1-1/2” wide, and then cut to a 2” length with your table saw? A quick check on the back side of the board with your try square would tell you if it is holding a true 90, would it not?
I’ve got a very small shop footprint, which means that every square foot is important (yes, I know, what shop, no matter what size is that not the case?). To that end, I’ve always had the idea in the back of my mind that the Ultimate Tool Stand design from american woodworker magazine. There have been several built ‘here’, but I never felt the need to finalize it. Years ago, I started building a version of it, but ‘stopped’ after I made the top part of t...
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