I’ve recently had more time to focus on good woodworking. My day-job, for decades, was traveling internationally on Corporate stuff – an exciting career, but it’s time to put away that part. What I’ve discovered during four great projects – Jatoba-based Outdoor Bench, Hard Maple Router Table, Cherry Blanket Chest, and a Cherry Quilt Rack – is to enjoy the process – every part of the process, not just the cutting. 1) developing a mental image of ...
Anyone else going (I know of a couple of you at least)? Jan 11-13 in Springfield, MA : http://www.thewoodworkingshows.com/shows/newengland.htm I am planning on being there SAT (the 12th), and would be nice to run into some fellow LJs like last time around. so… who’s going? Edit: change of plans – I will actually be there sunday the 13th
I have been wanting to make videos for awhile, but never felt right until yesterday. I set up the camera (not the best angle), ran a test and here is the result with no talking. Critiques are welcome. I am turning an acrylic blank for my pen.
I’ve been wanting a shaving bench. And since i can’t help but contemplate the design concepts behind what i’m about to build, i contemplated the fundamentals of how a shaving horse works. I thought “Great. But why not like this?” .. as an alternate mechanism for clamping a work piece in position sprang to mind. The contraption looks to me like a giraffe stretched out to drink, or the head of a giraffe, so I call it the shaving Giraffe rather than shaving Horse. W...
If I were a drum sander, what would I want to look like? That’s the question Stumpy Nubs and Mustache Mike tackle in the latest episode of Blue Collar Woodworking. Plus, Charles Neil talks dyes and stains; Stumpy continues his review of Stanley’s bench planes with the #4; and Mustache Mike steals the camera during his lunch break and makes a big announcement! This is the first of a two part drum sander series. In this episode we work out the unique design features. In the next ...
I have been tip toeing around wood working for a while being left in awe of the amazing projects i have seen around the web and the amazing skills being demonstrated. So I finally decided enough was enough and got off the sidelines and start learning. So I’m gonna start scratch and see where this saw dust dream takes me. Hopefully I’ll learn along the way and get some results. So i thought i would really get further into wood working and build my young daughter someth...
My shop (our garage) is basically the only storage room we have in the house. The attic is ridiculously small (and already full) and now that we are about to have kid #2, that cancels out another one of our spare bedrooms for storage space. I’ve been wanting to make a roll around frame to set my table saw on for a while now to create extra space, but never had the extra money to pick up some caster wheels. It’s not like they are expensive or anything, but with 1 child, 1 on the...
This is my attempt at a book box.Made with mahogany and pine. For the inlay I just used the table saw to make the grove.The hinges have taken up the most time but are very rewarding once they work properly. I will update the project as it progresses with photos.
I “grew up” woodworking with power tools since my background is in remodeling. Hand planes and other hand tools of the like are not where I come from, however, it does not mean that I cannot or do not like using them. One of my favorite hand tools is a hand plane made by woodworker Mike Shea from California. It is uncomplicated in both it’s function and design. It has a black walnut sole that glides on wood surfaces like it is on wet ice. I have purchased manufactured ha...
While I worked on my project most of the day, I still have another day to go before it is (hopefully) completed. I don’t really mind though, as it is coming out nicely and I also am learning how to use some new products and figuring out new techniques in applying them. I always like to look at each pattern as a lesson. Besides just the basic line work and construction of the project, I like to think that those who use my patterns are not only putting together the pieces, but learni...
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