Hey everyone nice to get back into some cabinet work and leave the spoons and hatchet on the ole choppin’ stump this time! Between the hurricane hitting…then the snow storm post sandy, my bench and pine planks got a bit ignored. This project is more based around something fun and really useful as well as getting more exercise with hand chisels in regarding chamfering edges. Basically I have found that if you can go to a work bench and hand chamfer with skill using a chisel then it...
I don’t know if it’s a mistake or not to do it this way but, I decided to join the sides together just like I did on the sides themselves. I’m not sure this will create any kind of ultimate weakness or not but, there was enough stock in the legs to do dovetails for both of the rails.....Here’s the first cut. Tail first….......These look pretty good to me........Now to chop out some the housing for the dovetail….......chop chop chop…........Very snug f...
I am finding out that having a blog that is somewhat popular makes it very difficult to write sometimes during the holidays. While I like to talk about the current projects that I am doing and things that I am working on, there are many things that I want to be a surprise to the recipients, and I know that most of them stop in from time to time to read here, so I can’t even mention them. So today, I still have some preparations to make. I need to remain here in ‘stealth mode&...
The first mistake, at least if you’re wired like me, is in thinking too much. If it’s your first shop, just go out there, slap a couple of boards on a couple of sawhorses, and start playing around. The thing is, if it’s your first shop you probably don’t have a really good idea of how you’re going to work, in your own shop. So think about it for an hour or two, then get out there and get something you can work on slapped together. You can always change it a...
Planks are now all installed and have started to fair the hull. When complete we will use antifouling below the water line and then roll the boat over.
If you like slabs, check out my new facebook page for the latest available slabs for sale. I will try to keep it updated with the most recently cut and available slabs, and also any other news that I think you might find interesting. I’m a little bit behind in cutting right now because I am in the process of building a bigger and better mill. But hopefully in the next couple of months I will be able to increase my inventory substantially. Thanks, -Leon
Figured out how where to find files! added recent pics look sidways! Harbor Frieght Lathe added a year ago! Cabinet saw and old craftsman router table on wooden table Before the add ins Couldn’t find the current pictures, will post when I get the darn things labeled? ! Thanks for following. Sorta feel like the Pigpen character in Penuts comics. The clound of chaos seems to hang over me. But I move through it. Snow, finding a lost dog, and my wor...
Does your inspiration come from children’s books? Yesterday in the library we happened upon a book called “Castor snickrar” (Castor does carpentry) which is a child’s illustrated book about a beaver who is building a toolbox on his grandfather’s cabinetmaking bench. Much of it focuses on the names of the tools he uses, very handy since a) they are the very handtools that we have (eg brace and bit, hand drill, mallet) and b) I don’t know the names of any of...
Welcome back everyone! I’ll jump right into this next blog from where I finished off last time. Thankfully things are progressing … although my pace may seem rather slow! I actually consider myself extremely lucky if I can manage one full day in my workshop each week. Ecstatic if more than that!! Most days I’m split between family, friends, domestic chores … and now that the weather is finally showing off in the most awesome way, spring gardening has been taki...
I did my first cuts with the Dove tail jig today.I’m going to have to get a lot more practice lumber. I made a little box, sort of.Alignment needs practice. I’ll get it, eventually.
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