There were points in this process that I didn’t think I’d get this far. I took some vacation time and spent the past few days trying to get the top finished up. My goal was to have it completely glued up before the first of the year. I’m glad to say that despite a few set backs, I’m a week ahead of my goal. Not only is it a big motivational factor in a long bench building process, but it’ll also allow me to take a few days off to let my achy planing / sawing m...
With my construction background it was only natural for me to pay special attention to some of the unique construction techniques from years past. This is a unfinished end of a house. Oh yes, they do have lumber yards! Some of the woodwork was beyond one’s imagination.
All the drawers have been cut, dovetailed, and glued. I struggled a bit with the dovetails. I used a dovetailing jig and started with an older router that I have. I finished a couple of drawers and then my router bit started moving from the center of the bushing to the edge. I had to scrap the drawer sides from one of the smaller drawers. Luckily, I didn’t screw-up on the walnut front. The particular router (1.5 hp Ryobi with plastic threaded height adjustment) that I started with doesn...
Greeting to anyone that is reading. It has been a long week. Due to a major incident at work I got very little time in the shop this week. I did however manage to demo an entire room at work so maybe that will count as some extra time. I did get enough time to complete what I was working on on Sunday when I got the call from work. A coworker had this little Chrstmas type tree that she liked to display, unfortunatly she had bumped into it and knocked it over knocking it off of the base. The or...
I’m pretty new at this, I worked in a shop last year that had the best of everything right at your fingertips. Festool power tools, a 22” planer, two cabinet saws, three 14” bandsaws, a 24” bandsaw, a 12” jointer. A dust collection system that sucked every ppm of wood dust right out of the shop. When I left, I took my hand tools. And my desire to build a comparable shop, and I moved to Southern Kentucky. Now, I’m getting there. I have a workbench a...
Sorry if this is repetitive but I’m not sure my first posting went through. I’m a middle school teacher involved in developing the inner courtyard at my school into an Asian-inspired garden that will require structures like benches, planters, pergolas and a pagoda. I was hoping to use Cali lumboo for the benches but am hesitant since reading the bad report it got on this site. We want to use sustainable resources like lumboo. Does anyone know of an alternative to lumboo, or has an...
I like the Shaker feel of this design. With the drawers and cupboard storage. I made my bench just the draws and no cupboard. I have had benches with open area or just a shelf under the top and they always ended up being a catch-all, so a set of drawers was a good alternative and you never have too much storage space that is close at hand.I do not like painting wood but it keep well with the shaker look and I could save some money by buying poplar as the substrate. The poplar panels are 3/8” ...
Shop Notes 100 Ultimate Router Table Step by Step From a Green Horn's POV #1: Shop Notes 100 Ultimate Router Table Step by Step From a Green Horn POV
Way back on one of my last visits before my Dad passed away I told him I’d like to make this plan so I’ve decided to do just that. Who know’s how long it will take but thought I would catalog my trials from pre to post work in the blog until i finish and post to the project page. I discovered a fellow on the “Router Forum” web site http://www.routerforums.com/table-mounted-routing/9240-built-my-first-router-table.html that made the Shop Notes 100 Router table...
As I got further into the build process, I found myself really starting to fly by the seat of my pants. I really had a lot of fun working on the tool holders. This was the design process: grab the next tool, look at it a bit, pass it from one hand to another, and finally get an idea. For the most part, I liked my first idea and went with it. The one area that I had to revisit and revamp several times was the holders for my joinery saws. I am happy with the set up that I eventually settled ...
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