So I’m new to lumberjocks and wood working and already enjoy the hell out of it. My first project was a toy box for my daughter and at the same time a boat bookshelf for my son, which turned out really good. I have an incra router table but only used a biscuit jointer for the joinery, although I made some nice trim for both projects using the incra. My problem is the minwax wood filler. I used it for nail holes and other defects. I figured I would get minwax stain and wood filler just t...
I like the way LJ’s have been re-cycling and using offcuts for projects. I’ve decided to set myself a personal challenge and do this too. What you see below is a collection of offcuts. To give you an idea of scale the block of Ebony, which is an offcut from the Kaleidascope box project, measures 38×36 x 27mm ( about 1.5 x 1.4×1.1 inches). I am going to make a box with only these offcuts. Glue and finish will of course be used but the box itself will be only made of thi...
Here is a video I just finished on Center Keyed Box Joints. One of the harder things about box joints is getting an equal sized key on both the top and the bottom. Here I show how to get equal sized keys regardless of the height of your board or the width of your dado stack. It is a really cool way to do the joints and the result is as decorative as it is functional. If you like this video and want to get updates on my future projects please subscribe to my Youtube Channel. You can also see 1...
About a week ago, I finally began the built-in bookcase and mantel surround project for our living room that I’ve been talking about in a lot of other posts. I need to post less and work more, I think ;) I originally started a blog on it here: http://lumberjocks.com/JonathanG/blog/13322 but have since decided to start over. You can check out that initial blog for a couple of pictures of the space the project will be going into, as well as my thoughts on everything from several months ag...
ShopSmith 50th Golden Anniversary Edition 2002I was just sitting and thinking about my use of the Shopsmith over the years and it hit me why I love and many others love the Shopsmith so much.It’s as Dave said the transformer aspect.How many tools can you buy that you can truly soup up change it around and buy more and more parts for.There is just an attraction to me to be able to change it for whats needed.Back around 1983 I had a cabinet shop and did all kinds of work around Atlanta G...
Hello All, I did some more practice, but I can’t just write about that every night, so I bought two new chisels online. I decided to have a bit of fun with the ole blog tonight…hope you find it better than a ‘kick to the head’. http://bit.ly/cQUhpc Brian p.s. That is an old tag line for the University of Iowa student radio station, “Better than a kick to the head.”, it still makes me laugh.
Well, I got my ceiling joists and rafters up now (4/12 pitch). Didn’t go with trusses because I wanted to do everything myself. The rafters are 2×6 and on two foot centers. The strips for the metal roof are going to be 2×4’s. The height of the ceiling is 10 foot and the outside measures 24×24. I just washed the walls to get ready for painting. I’m leaving the rafter tails exposed and painting them.
I was talking to lilredweldingrod the other day about doing some sort of group project or something when it hit me at 2:00 in the morning how about doing a charity deal where we (jocks) make stuff and sell it at a fundraiser for a kids charity. Im thinking makeawish foundation or childrens hospital, toys for tots. Tell me what you think!
I am planning to make a Lost Stickley Table. I saw this in a book in my wood shop class. I am looking forward to making this project. http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/519tb5vT26L._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg http://lumberjocks.com/assets/pictures/projects/446213.jpg
Hello All, I finished the bandsaw small piece resaw and bread holder jig. Ok, I don’t actually intend to hold a loaf of bread for resawing, but I am pretty sure one could slice a baguette up in no time. I digress. I had an error to fix from yesterday and tonight’s blog is about my successful triumph and there is a picture of my first, rather thin, cut I made using it. I am very happy with the results. http://su.pr/19x9iI I also included a photo of how I set up the sho...
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