I have spent an insane amount of time contemplating the most efficient way to setup my small shop. My main goals were: Giving each benchtop tool its own dedicated home. I waste so much time pulling them out and setting them up whenever I have to switch modes. Maintain the working area around my table saw to allow easy breakdown of large sheet goods. Give my mitre saw, jointer and planer appropriate infeed and outfeed space. Set the tools at a comfortable working height to reduce ...
Why don’t the high end brass hinges for boxes, small cabinets, etc. come with screws? The hinges are great but this makes you go out and find the correct sized brass screw. And the screws are too damn soft and break off. I’m not trying to be a brute with them. I drill an appropriate sized pilot hole on a test piece of wood first to make sure the screw will glide in and out without breaking. I usually tap the hole with a steel screw to be on the safe side. And then I screw ...
Hello woodworking friends around the world. I just had to post something while I had access to the internet. I wish I was more technically savvy so I could post some pictures. My wife, Heidi and I are in Brazil for 2 weeks. We have 4 days left on our trip. We started in Rio, went to a Carnival parade. That was incredible! We visited many places and then flew to Salvador for 5 days, did a lot of sightseeing and visited a famous cigar making place. The gal giving us the tour happened...
Alright, this is getting downright ridiculous. I’m addicted to bowl turning. I’m already in a twelve step program for scrollers, and now I’ve turned a pen, and found it to be just as addicting. I think I’m in trouble. I made a mistake about a week ago. I let my wife look at the Penn State Indutries catalog. She seen pens and started asking when she was getting one. This made it apparant that I’d be making a pen sooner or later. At the moment though, I do not h...
I have done woodworking for about 50 years or so starting with making trophies, making the bases out of walnut, not a very common wood for a trophies but the man I worked for wanted a better quality product. I have made a lot of things over the years and am very proud of those accomplishments. I stared making checker and chess boards out of the scrap walnut and hard maple( sometimes used for trophies) by fitting together these pieces, only made two, one for my brother and the other one, I sol...
I’m not sure what you call the pieces on the side that make the whole thing open, so I’ll call them struts.I knew the whole thing is basically a bunch of parallelograms so I started with that in mind.I drilled the three holes as accurately as I could in the center boxes.The struts were made as identical as possible, the shorter ones being 4.5” center to center, the longer onesare 9” center to center for the outside holes.I mounted each strut to a center box hole then u...
I cut three of the four pieces for the top frame. I didn’t cut the fourth because well I ran out of wood. I drilled the pocket holes in the pocket and placed it on top to show you the general look. I will have to stop at Lowe’s today and buy a short 24” piece of Red Oak to complete the other side of the top. Next will be the bottom of the display area which my plan was to use a 3/4” piece of Red Oak plywood. Although I don’t own a jig saw and because I wil...
I’ve got a years worth of derusting to do, so I decided to just make a blog series of it. Welcome to part 1 of my insanity… As I mentioned in a prevous post, the next piece up for restoration from my pile of misfit tools was this vintage Stanley #4. Yea, it’s a sad sight to behold. Twenty years ago planes in this condition would be parted out for replacement in better planes. But this is a type 17 model made between 1942-1945. That’s right, it’s a veteran o...
So, I went to glue up the long apron to the legs and realize my clamps were just barely too short – by about 1-2 inches. So, after some careful experimenting, I combined by 1ft and 3 ft clamps: Overall the glue up went pretty easy after that. I think the table is going to end up looking really well. Unfortunately, I realized the wood I had for the top just really wouldn’t work well and the only other suitable wood in the shop would require a six board top glue up…...
Hi again, It’s been a while as I have been away but here is my progress on the table. I have levelled the tabletop using a large belt sander and a straight edge, quite a time consuming job but I think the end result was worth the time. Then I hit it with an orbital sander using a few different grades of paper. Here is a pic after the first coat of Weatherfast Polyclear boat varnish, I decided not to fill the many holes as I want it to look as natural as possible. The varnis...
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