The dining table is well underway, with the frame assembled and equilizer slides installed. I think there are some misconceptions about equilizer slides. They work for pedastal tables, or any design where the legs are stationary when opening the table. I had to do some searching to find slides that would accomodate this 46” wide by 104” long table. It will have two 12” leaves, and is 80” long when closed. The other spec I needed was...
Holy Moley, what a day I had yesterday! To say I was “busy” just doesn’t seem to cover it. But it was a really GOOD type of busy and I had an incredible time. Who would have thought that things could have been so much fun? I had made an announcement on Steve Good’s scroll saw forum that I put up a new free pattern. Steve had also mentioned to his readers about joining my mailing list. Well, that was all it took to keep me busy all day! I couldn’t believe...
The wife and I have recently gotten into playing darts as a hobby. We’ve been playing in our basement on an old dart board that I inherited from my dad housed in a ratty cabinet that looks aweful. Im currently in a lul for projects as it is now cold outside and my garage/workshop is unheated and uninsulated and its too cold to work in at this time of year most of the time as any project of size requires having the garage door open to wheel out the table saw to have enough room to wor...
I did not write this. Actually, I suspect it was written by a Brit, the spellings indicated that before I cleaned this up. But the shows he references are domestic. I grabbed it from somewhere many years ago. It has survived a hard drive crash (you can see what things I actually had backed up-) and two computer migrations, from Win97 to XP to 7. If it is inappropriate or placed incorrectly, someone say so, and I will pull it. I am still a newbie here. Don’t mean to throw my wei...
For an in-the-round carving, a pattern or photo with a front and a profile view are most useful. Sometimes a view of all 4 sides can be helpful whencarving, but generally only two are needed for sawing out the blank. A coping saw or scroll saw can be used, but generally a bandsaw with a 3/16”, 4TPI blade is the best way to go. Here is my pattern and I was careful that the front and side lined up at important points like the belt, boots and shoulders. I decided to do the arms as s...
Well, right when I was about to finish the disc, it friggin blew up on me: http://i.imgur.com/HiALf.jpg Darn. I had to start all over and make a new one, slightly thicker this time (the original was < 1/16” thick through the center). The image gallery has more pictures of it: http://imgur.com/a/JUSC8 Hopefully I won’t have to double-make any future commissions.
Recently I have been cutting some narrower parts on the saw. They kept coming out as trapezoids instead of square pieces of wood as I had intended. I have check the blade to be square to the table top multiple times and I still get trapezoids. Being a Shopsmith, it is good to check for square after every operation. I started looking into the problem seriously yesterday to see where my out of square issue was rearing it’s ugly head. The insert! It has always sat a little low in it’...
It’s starting to look like woodworking is going to be a lot like golf for me: I have a fantastic recovery game, but only because I can’t keep it in the fairway. My constant issue #1: trying to do something quickly. I had a brief window last night after my chores were done, bills paid, kids fed, etc. to make a little progress. So, I wanted to finish up the rough work on what will be an outer leg or support. It’s on the bottom left in the first picture. See those three ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6iV1uvZ16U Here is a video that i made about some Holm oak that i saved from a firewood pile a few years back i speeded it up a little because i would of beaning 1.1/2 hours long . I do not claim to be an expert but hopfully by showing you some of my projects and how I made them it will enspire you to go out there and create some of your own.I hope you enjoy the video
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