While sorting through the free wood I picked up last week I had the idea to make marking gauge and set a few pieces of walnut aside for it. I cut out the marking gauge with the band saw and then planed the faces smooth. I used a drill and cleared most the waste before chiseling out the mortise for the beam to go through. It needs a little fine tuning on the fit. I am going to have to make sure that the beam is square with both faces I plan on using a xacto knife blade instead of th...
Walking around my bench more times than I remember puzzling over one of the coolest touches I’ve seen on a bass guitar. The “Cat’s Eye”, something I’ve only seen on basses made by Carl Thompson. I’m almost sure he invented this trick and if not the technique the name for sure. Unfortunately I hadn’t seen a cats eye until I had already begun shaping my bass and just in my general knowledge of woodworking, this is something that should be done before the rasp even comes out. I’m working a f...
I’ve been banging around trying to make this pie safe since well before Mother’s Day. School has been the primary reason I haven’t finished it, so I thought maybe I’d blog about my adventure… First off, I found a pie safe idea I liked on Google, in the SketchUp repository there. But I wanted to make a single door, so after getting a lot of Sketchup help from folks on Lumberjocks, I started with this… The only measurement I had to work with was...
As most days that I don’t have a project to work on and being retired, I go to the shop to make shavings with my #5 or #4 and past the time. This gives me great stress relief and just plain fun as well as trying to learn the correct method of planing. I have watched all the videos, read all the blogs, I have gotten some good results so far. I was getting flat smooth cuts and had learned to sharpen a plane blade razor sharp .This morning was different, the temp outside has made it near ...
Who knew those darn table saw blades had a kerf?! http://secondwindworkshop.blogspot.com/2012/07/plan-measure-cut-oops.html
So I have recently gotten into woodworking and after being given a book dealing with only working with hand tools I have become pretty infatuated and decided to start to do a lot of “hand tool only” projects. This coupled with a budget and my wife’s infatuation with everything antique and vintage we have started to hit the flea market/estate/yard/garage sale circuit. Today was my first awesome find. This guy was a woodworker and it showed with a shed full of tools. I end...
To see this post with pictures, please click here! Nothing nearly so exciting as yesterday’s progress for today. I got up early and glued up section number 3 of the top and did nothing else until the early afternoon. That’s when section 4 got glued up—-the best, smoothest one yet! It was going to be the back of the workbench, but because it looks so nice, I may make it the front! Then I decided to try my hand at smoothing out the tops of the individual sections to see if that w...
I soaked this Madrone in water for about one year and then a other year just in the weather. This block was one among many. Everything around it checked except this one. Go figure! (on pun intended). But this block is one of the nicest looking blocks I have seen in a long while. Greg at oregonburls
I found the number of vewers for the Pipe Holder, at 295 and only 1 time favorited, was very good sign for antismoking campaigners who I’m one of them, comparing these numbers with my previous project Curiousity, the 4FD, at more than 4500 viewers and 6 times favorited. It looks many people, now, have turned their back to smoking and do not like to hear anything about smoking or how to be taken. I received some kind of criticism just by making a pipe holder, here and on Facebook, becau...
Another video from the Grand River Woodturning Guild. This one is Christmas ornaments and the great thing about it is how scalable the ideas are.. you can do a lot or a little.. advanced or simple.
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