So my labor day weekend was fun filled, with all kinds of barbecue. All told I used up 6.5 16lb bags of charcoal, and a mess of pecan smoking wood… No not all of it for cooking. If you might recall I had intended on burning out a rather large (36” ish stump) from my fence line that was from an ike downed tree, and a couple of much smaller stumps (3” and 4” respectively, again right along the fence line). Well the 36” is now history, down at least 6” belo...
I’m a little late getting this up for my LJ brethren since it has been up on my site for a week now. Sorry about that guys. Here I build the drawer and add my faux cockbead to the front. You will often find a scratched bead like this on backcountry or souther period furniture. The full cockbead took more time and therefore was more expensive. This was another option to achieve that beaded effect for the less discerning customer. Enjoy the show!
For some reason, I seem to purchase more tools and accessories in the summer. Maybe that’s because it is too stinkin’ hot to do much of anything else other than plan builds. This year, I ordered three new tools & accessories for my shop: Mortise Pal—I’m not willing to shell out the bucks for a Festool Domino cutter at this time, and this looks like an interesting way to make loose tenon joints. Biesemeyer snap-in splitter—I have to admit that I am one...
The results are in and it’s time to officially announce the winners of the very special and creative – maybe I should say fluid – LumberJocks Woodworking Awards. The winning projects were selected from the 77 total submissions in an online voting held from August 1 to August 7. 172 votes were cast during this period. And here are the top ten Fluidity projects… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1st Place – 227 points 2nd Place – 164 points ...
Sept 4 2010I have started a pair of night stands for our bedroom after they are done I will make the bed head board and a foot board with a TV lift inside so here is the start of the project I tend to get caught up in building and not take the time to document and take photos. I have a bit of free time on my hands because my wife is out of town for thee weeks on business. Let the project begin. As I’m sure you can see this is the stock I am using to get started. The other picture is te...
Being a newby to woodworking I don’t have much in the way of tools and equipment, so I set about making some. Here is the pole lather that I started with, in various stages. Unfortunately the pole is way too strong and I need to jump up and down on my treadle to make it work. That doesn’t leave hands free to do anything else but hang on so I have to rethink the pole. As you can see this is a fair weather machine Here’s the tool rest The whole th...
First I’d like to thank all those who have provided insight into how I might be able to attach my router table top to my table saw. The suggestions made have given me a number of ideas. Who knows, it may come to the point where I incorporate all the ideas in one way or another. At any rate, I really appreciate it. I created a 3d model of a suggested design and then posted it as a pic into a message in order to see if I had the correct understanding of the suggestion. I suppose I co...
There’s a new post available on the Little Good Pieces blog: “What I Screwed Up This Week”. I have problems with reaction wood. Check it out! http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com/2010/11/28/what-i-screwed-up-this-week-november-28-2010/
Here I have laid together the two identical/opposite pieces to see how they look. I toyed with the idea of swapping the two sets for more contrast but decided that would be confusing to a viewer. The next step is to edge sand the exact curves on the edges. You must do this before cutting your shiplap joints. If you cut the joints first and then sand the edges they will not fit properly. Be certain you have the sander base square to the sanding disk or you will have fit problems also. B...
Before September of 2008, I had a garage at my place in San Leon, TX. It was far from optimal – humid, hot, no A/C, and the tools rusted despite my efforts. Working out there was not much fun, anyway. I defy anyone to say they like working in a shop when after only a few minutes your clothing is soaked from simply standing there, much less from performing a repetitive motion like hand sanding. After September 2008, the house was pretty much gone. The garage and what was in it certain...
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