Two good days in the wood shop. Sadly, the night stand plans call for a pretty big chunk to be taken out of the top of two of the 1 1/2” x 1 1/2” square legs. TWICE, this has caused the wood to split when tapping in a well-fitting tenon. I’ve had to re-make the legs, re-cut the mortises, re-do the chamfers, etc. I’m moving forward, this time, under the assumption that it won’t create a strength problem. So … here’s where I am. In this pi...
I first saw this 1900 – 1920 era table in the early 1950s when my Father bought it from a neighbor to give to my young bride and me for our first dining table. Many years earlier, the neighbor or some prior owner stored it in the neighbor’s attic directly beneath an un-insulated tin roof. To give it some protection, they placed newspapers on its top. Over the years the attic heat self-decoupaged the newspapers through several layers of Varnish all the way down to the wood....
Mike spoke up first. “Hey buddy, I am going to need you to look around your office.” Shrugging he added, “or what’s left of it.” Henry set the bottle by the sink and said, “Yeah, I suppose we should go, let’s get to it.” They took Mikes squad car and pulled up behind the fire chief’s vehicle. There were still a few gawkers, gawking outside. The third floor windows of Henry’s office were broken out and the bricks were charred half way up the 4th floor. It looks like the firefight...
My sister is bringing her camera over after work so i’ll finnally be able to post pics of my new shop. Notice i said new, my last one was in the basement of where i live now unfortunatly we had a fire. lets just say after 40,000 gallons of water most of my tools where under water. My new shop is still a work in progess but i have high hopes. so much to do so little wood.
Here is my progress so far on the second plans/video I ordered fro the New Yankee Workshop.Being so new at this I like the fact that most of his plans are offered with a video. I find myself referring back to the video often when I am not sure about something. It’s going in the dining room which is the same room as the cupboard I built. Since I built the cupboard with a mahogany wood top I decided to do the same with this one and make them match.In between the first piece and this one I...
Today I used my new “Bench cookies” for the first time. I have to say they are cool! I was working on a new router table top, I needed to flush trim the edges and do some sanding, I had my workmate sitting there so I set the top down and thought I would have to clamp it down. I remebered my cookies and gave them a try, Impressive! if you don’t have a set you should pick some up.
Njarrrrrrr !!!!Man I’m itching to work on my ‘butterbox’, but it is only Tuesday night, & it’s still a long hike to saturday before I can get back to the clubhouse to progress PROJECT-1. I have been to the 2 DIY shops in town to look at woodworking tools, but it’s quite clear (and yes, I know very little at this stage, but still) that the tools they have is not going to go the distance. Mitre-10 don’t even have table saws, and Bunnings only stock 1 &...
I recently received My Wife’s late Father’s Craftsman 10in 2.5HP 13Amps 5000RPM Table Saw 137.218780. It is more than a few years old but is in really great shape. The blade that it had on it didn’t look in to bad of shape. I did pickup a new blade to use instead and keep the other as backup for now. I bought a Freud Industrial 10in Heavy Duty Multi-Purpose 60T 1/8in Kerf Saw Blade LU82M010. The thing cuts wood like it is warm butter. I am very happy to have come acros...
On my first few drives to my new job way up in North Hollywood I passed by a large, grassy park loaded up with – by my standards – enormous trees. I vowed to check them out, and on Wednesday of last week, I took a lunchtime walk down there. It’s only a few blocks, though they are large, city blocks. It’s probably not a full 10-minute walk, so it’s not bad. Looking it up later, I learned that it’s North Hollywood Park. The Days of Our Lives cast did a ...
Not quite in the workshop... #14: Shop projects more or less on hole. (expletive deleted) Masonite siding!
So I am busting my rump trying to get the fence line level, and ready for installing the fence as you may or may not know, when I happened to glace between the side of the house, and the fence and saw something funny… What on earth could it be? Upon closer inspection, it came to light that, well my attic was apparently well illuminated due to the absolute failure of the existing Masonite siding. Or to sum that up. The cheap siding on the gables fell off… Now if the truck was...
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