I had some time to get to the assembly of the base, and doing the glue up. All the parts were cleaned up and sanded. Although I’d done a dry fit, I hadn’t planned out my sequence, and, well, once the glue was on, I realized my alignment was off, and I clamped some things in wrong order, and this glue up was going badly. The glue was on for about 5 minutes, and starting to set up. i either had to live with it, or turn back. So I decided to stop. I pulled the parts apart, very caref...
The next step to getting my workbench built was sharpening my tenon saw. The primary resource I used was the saw sharpening video on Paul Sellers' Master Class website. A few technique videos are free if you sign up for an account, and that’s one of them. He shows a pretty simple method for sharpening a rip pattern and explains it will cross cut reasonably well too. I also read the material on the Bad Axe Saw Works site, but it was fairly complicated, and not meant for a beginner. I ...
I took the day off of writing here yesterday and spent pretty much of the time drawing. With all the organizing that I have been doing lately, I really needed some extra time for some work. I am approaching my 1000th blog here and have been writing to you for just under three years now. That is a lot of writing and sometimes it is difficult to think of something interesting to talk about that I haven’t mentioned before. While I realize that probably most of you who have become regula...
If you have read any of this blog series before, you know that I really like my friends saw collection. He has 4 Bad Axe saws. Well, after using his DT saw several times, I just had to have one for myself. 10” dovetail, 0.018” saw plate, 15tpi, canted blade, black walnut handle with black nuts, thing of beauty! Mark has nicknamed this saw the ‘Copperhead Killer’. I like it. When I was in the midst of placing my order, Mark told me it would be a 7-9 week wait....
Recently I picked up the Dewalt 735 lunchbox planer. I’m still setting up my basement shop, so for a few months the planer was living on the concrete floor. Now if you’ve ever turned one of these planers on without any chip collection attached, you know what a mess it can make! I only did it once. After seeing the Dewalt chip collection accessory, DW7353, is no longer in production I decided to pick up a cheap cyclone and attach it to a shop vac. I bought the Rockler dust...
This weekend, I have been working on the head and footboards, cutting the side arcs out with a jig saw. I cut the headboard 1st, then used it to trace the cut line for the footboard.I also belt sanded the tops smooth. The Festool vac only captures about 1/2 the dust off the PC 3×21 sander. I drag the oscillating spindle sander over to the side of the Mini Max stroke sanders bench and adjust the the table height to match.
I’m not that pretentious to claim to know Shakespeare, I just wanted to drop a little mindset thing in here, just before the last part(s) of this blog. So hit the back button now if you’re looking for woodworking tips or technical stuff. There’s none of that here. Don’t go posting complaints in the comments, although judging by the low comment count, I think that unlikely anyway (what?, is it me? was it something I said?) Standing at the planer or saw or router t...
Yep, even more hand digging. Seems like even though I investing in trenchers I still have to work:). No, really, I don’t mind. Digging is good exercise and mind therapy. At least most of this digging is easy. The dirt is already work those by the trenchers. Because of the time frame, the trenches just kept filling in. (Dogs, boys, wind, rain and gravity) I did have to dig some trenches that the trenchers just couldn’t get. However, I was running out of room to put all the dirt ...
This is just a real quick install of some base trim molding in a customer’s house. I was asked for some help, so I took the camera along with me…..Enjoy!
This is Amelia typing this entry. I would like to show you how my daddy and I started out with our project. First i made a couple of rough sketches on graph paper to get an idea of how to make the cabinet. Then after making the sketches we decided to make a three dimensional scale model in sketchup. We figured out the sizes by looking at the human skull in the cabinet and then measuring our own heads. Daddy’s head was about six inches from the top of his head to the upper part of...
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