Not sure whether to post this under Videos or Blogs, but since I could not find an ADD NEW VIDEO button, here goes under Blogs. (Ah. . . just found I can post it into Videos). A chum has just sent me this excellent educational video about forest habitats. http://w3.upm-kymmene.com/upm/forestlife/index.html It may seem a bit slow to load, but by gum its comprehensive, and a very good intro for the uninitiated.
I felt yesterday was quite a productive day. Although I didn’t get any drawing done, I was able to update the site and get the notifications out to the customers about the update and the new sales and such. I am really liking the new software for the site. It makes everything so easy and professional looking. I am now able to add images into the bulk emails I send out and even though I stick mostly to basic formatting, it allows endless possibilities so that I can make my notificati...
These are my original design ideas for making my jewelry boxes. These diagrams may be a little confusing because I did not intended for them to be published. You guys are so nice, I had no choice but to share. This design was prevously used for making cigar humidors. I don’t have good pictures of them—sorry. I have lots of detailed instructions for every step to make this box. Just ask and I’ll add more to this blog. The rough cut diagram shows the sequence t...
Greetings. I have been watching Norm for 25 years or so. He always jointed board edges to get a perfectly straight glue joint. Marc Spagnuolo (sp?) on The Wood Whisperer seems to do the same. I have not had any problems with my straight joints. Recently, I have been watching Tommy Macdonald due to the new show Rough Cuts. He uses something called a spring joint where, after the boards are jointed straight, he uses a hand plane to create a slight dip in both boards. When this joint is c...
One of the best things about being a woodworker is making the furniture for your own house. You get to decide just exactly what you want and you know how it is made and you know just what corners were cut while making a piece. Hopefully not a lot, but sometimes it is necessary. I set out to make a bed for my 2 year old daughter and as I was choosing materials and thinking about the design, I wanted to make a simple but robust design. Something that looks good because it is simple is a q...
I have not had much shop time but I have glued up and pegged the legs. The pegs worked well and the joint as very tight. But I do have some questions on the stretcher, currently I have the two stretchers at 2 5/8” Wide x 3” High x 48” Long. My question that size (2 5/8” x 3”) sufficient to hold the following: Drill Press http://www.ryobitools.com/catalog/power_tools/benchtop/DP102LPlaner http://www.dewalt.com/tools/machinery-portable-thickness-planers-dw734...
I use a rafter square or marking square with my crosscut sled. The rear fence must be straight of course.I take one side of the piece that I will be using and abut it to the rafter guide at 90 degrees, this will raise an edge away from the rear fence. I clamp it down allowing the minimum over the kerf line of the sled and cut. Make a mark for reference, this is now true edge, now do the same procedure for one more side you now have 1 horizontal and 1 vertical side, mark it. You now have two r...
Episode 86 Inlaying Basics Part 2 from kostas workshop on Vimeo.In this episode I cut out the star inlay piece then I do some clean up work with a file so that the star will fit in place properly. Then I fit the star in place.
I finally broke down and purchased a dust collector from HF. Figured for a small shop it should be OK. I finished it Yesterday and for the first test I cut a piece of MDF and did not have one bit of dust on the floor. SWEEEET!! Looks like it will be a worth while investment. Pictures to follow in the near future Going to start on a Blanket Chest for my oldest daughter tomorrow
My last cutting board project was a lot of fun but it didn’t come out perfectly because I struggled to get my wood stock to a plane & uniform thickness. Well I’ve purchased a planer and it’s time to put it to the test! I picked up some walnut, curly maple, and ash today and they ranged from slightly under 1” thickness to about 1 1/8” thickness. I planed them down to 3/4” thickness and it came out great. So now I’m going to try to make 2 more cutti...
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