What a whirl wind day yesterday was! I honestly didn’t stop moving until about 9:30pm, after beginning my day at about 6. With many thanks for Steve Good who posted about his contest for two people to win a copy of Keith’s and my new booklet – Getting Started With a Scroll Saw. It was a crazy, crazy day! I had intended to finish the last drawing of my new pattern series entitled “Early Inspirations” that is going to be geared for newer sawyers. In the firs...
My workbench project was put on hold a while back. A new baby is more important than a woodworking hobby. I am now back in the shop and ready to get a workbench built. My original plan was to use the big cypress beams as a benchtop. This isn’t gonna happen because they are just too heavy to deal with. I just bought some cheap 2×4’s and laminated them together. I don’t have expensive clamps and there are some small gaps in places. Oh well, it isnt fine furniture. ...
So far all the drawers are made and some of the drawer faces installed. I also installed the ducting for the dust collection. The first five drawers were made using Tongue and Dado joints. In order to speed things up a bit I decided to make the rest using a simple Lap joint. I think the hardest part, at least for me, is designing the project then re-designing it, then re-designing the re-design. I’m pretty sure I just stood in front of the bench for at least two days just staring at it ...
In joinery the fit of your pieces is like the fit of your shoes on your feet. If you can toss your shoes off your feet as you hit the couch, too loose. If you shoe horn them in, perfect. A good fitting joint fits snug. No pounding together but it shouldn’t fall apart either. It’s a balance you learn to achieve by sneaking up on it. Learn to use your shoulder plane and you’ll be happy no matter how you cut a tenon joint. Finesse the fit. The Northwest Woodworking Studio
Final phases; ‘Hair of the dog’. on the last push, shaping all the fur from back of the neck to the front. Last detailing before sanding will be done with V-tools.
I got involved building chairs with the Lumber to Legacy project in Albany, OR. Here’s the story in their local paper. Lumber to Legacy Some high schools kids helped us build this cafe chair design. I wrote to the paper explaining my involvement. “I wanted to respond further as to why I did this class for the kids. I love to teach and this was another opportunity to be with a group that doesn’t get the attention they deserve. Education in the applied arts is mostly for...
Sunday I brought home my latest craigslist find for my workshop. A Sprunger NDP 15 floor drill press for $50. It has some gunk and rust but it sounded fine and the quill is tight. It also came with a vise. I think I got a good deal. My plan is to clean it up and see how everything looks and decide if I will break it all down, paint it and do a complete restore.
Grooves for planes cut, dividers and inserts dry fit with planes….... Glued and clamped…. Insetting hinges.
I am about to redo part of my work shop. I currently have a pegboard system for hanging my tools. Ive seen alot of things showing that some people like using French Cleat systems. Has anyone used that type of system and recommend French Cleats? Anybody like one of the other?
Not a big thing, but definitely one of those “used one a long time ago, now I want one” things that so many of us can identify with. I worked at the local lumber yard when I was in high school, and spent many hours repairing windows, storm glass, picture frames, etc. in the back room. When my wife wanted an old window re-glassed for pictures, it reminded me how much I hate using these things: ebay is a wonderful thing for finding the most obscure things… It appears...
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