Hey guys! I am just starting to get back into woodworking after about a two year break. A number of life events happened that just kind of put me in a funk and kept me out of the shop.. One of the bigger things that happened was the passing of my father. He was a woodworker and is one of the reasons I got into it myself. After his passing I was left with my parents house and decided to move there with my family. I had to say goodbye to my detached two stall garage workshop that I had spent...
Sorry, no pictures today. I’ll get some when the saw is in a better location for pics, maybe once I get the stand built up. I was able to get the Shop Fox W1410 fence installed, and what a difference it makes over the stock fence. It took me about three hours over three days after getting home from work. . or maybe 4 hours, I lost track of time. I don’t recommend this order of operations. If I had followed the instructionsa little more closely, I would not have 2 extra holes...
It has been a while since I posted, but I have been working on the lower stretcher that connects the four legs. This is a repeat of what I did with the frame but the stretcher has a few additional features. The stretcher through mortises pass through the legs and since the joinery all shows it must be precise. In addition, the hayrake portion of the stretchers have curves cut into them which makes the glue up a bit more challenging. I am keeping the work pieces rectangular as long as po...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2ysB0kKuNM I’ve already posted this video on the Hand Plane and State of the Shop threads, but thought I’d preserve it this blog series as well. I’m using my Stanley #55 for the first time (Technically the 2nd time, as I did a practice with this iron before I shot this video). It was relatively easy, and this was one of the more complex irons. It uses all 3 skates, and 1 fence.
Off my rocker? Quite likely! So, I was trying to decide what I should have the guy in overalls sitting on. I thought about doing a metal glider, but decided a rocking chair would be easier. Not sure why I thought that was a good decision! I had to order some bigger pieces of basswood for the carving, so I figured I’d work on the chair while I was waiting on the wood. It was quite a time consuming process, trying to get it the right size for the guy, and getting it all glued up and put t...
I purchased a reasonable Stanley #4 that needed some work but looked solid from Ebay. When the postal worker walked towards me with the package it was a two day shipping plastic envelope. When I picked it up off the counter it rattled. When I opened it I was sick, it was now an expensive paper weight. An hour or so of computer time and two weeks of waiting I had a check in my hand. Priority shipping from the post office comes with $50 insurance so it was easier to file a claim th...
Tooling up with estate sales-How to equip your hand-tool shop for pennies on the dollar #5: Last bonus tip
In this last installment, I talk about other treasures to enrich your life. Bonus Tip #11: Look for other stuff too.Once you’ve made two rounds in the tool-rich areas (garage, basement, outside shed), take a moment to just look around. Seek out items congruent with your hobbies and interests. Are you a gamer? Collector of tobacco tins? Want to spruce up your bar area with vintage liquor/beer signs, mugs and glasses? Estate sales are an economical way to do just that. For instance, I enj...
Simple enough here, right? Duplicate the look and feel of the aprons on the Farmhouse Table, but at the size and scale suited to a buffet with drawers. Whereas the table needed 2×4s for apron material, a buffet needs more height for drawers but less width of stock overall. I took the biggest clue from the squared-off stock at the top of the turned legs; it was that dimension setting the height of the casework and nothing else. So with a 3/4” undercap taken into account, I ne...
Something I found on a weekend trip. I have heard these stones are pretty good but very hard to find.This one is in very near mint condition.I have never used anything but oil stones so this is a good addition to my tool box.Almost hate to get it dirty :)
Over the winter, I accumalated somemore scrap cutoffs from jobs I finished doing, the scrap bins are overflowing, so again it was time to give myself more room, by turning this scrap into some kind of profit, at the auction. All these planks started off as rectangular cutoffs, and the thin material are roughly anywhere from 1” to 2” wide cutoffs, that were aquired during ripping of long planks during a job project. When I build these one offs, scrap bin projects, I cut all t...
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