For my son’s fifth birthday, my wife and I decided to check into an outdoor structure for him to play on. I’ve gone back and forth in my mind about this; I didn’t have one growing up, there are nice parks within a 15 minute drive, and he’s an only child at this point. On the other hand, I would love to build this for my son. There are plenty more pros and cons to weigh, but this story is more about the fact that we have…more or less…decided to build. Th...
I just looked through the latest price list from one of our local timber merchants. The most expensive wood listed is African Blackwood (dalbergia melanoxylon). It is also known as Mozambique ebony or Congo wood. It is listed at a price of ZAR440 000 per cubic meter. ZAR is South African Rand. We use the metric system, same as Europe, so let me Americanize….One meter = 39.37”. A cubic metre equals 39.37” x 39.37” x 39.37” = 61023.38 cubic inches…. A board foot is 144 cubic inches…. T...
Hi FolksFinished off the Jack plane yesterday. I was pleased with how well this plane came together – either I was lucky or the Wood Gods were smiling….. ;)I was interested to compare how it worked and felt next to my favourite wooden Jack. Pretty good feel, lightly than the original (which surprised me) but a good action. The wedge works real well, too. Just a light tap to lock it firmly in place. Nice!The tool chest base unit is coming along, too. I bolted on the wheels earlier ...
Here is a quick and fun Project, A Brain Teaser.. This is the first video of the new Weekly videos I will be posting Every Wednesday!!
DISCLAIMER: Before I start this blog, I want to make sure everyone knows that I am NOT a professional sofa/furniture builder. I just took on this project because 1) I needed a sofa and 2) because I thought it’d be really fun and satisfying if I built my own sofa. This is all my own design, and besides looking at a few pics on the internet, this is all my OWN method of doing it. That being said – for any of you professional sofa builders out there, I am sorry if I’m not d...
I have always cut my green logs either on the ground or on top of other logs. Well a few weeks ago I was cutting a log and it decided it wanted to dance a little bit. Now I don’t care if a log dances or not I just don’t want it to move while I have a moving 20” chainsaw in it. This got me thinking there has to be a way to hold the work safely for cutting. So I took to the internet looking for sawhorses for chainsaws. I did find a few commercial units but they were all listed in E...
I had finished my wife’s jewelry box with the exception of putting in the felt lining. I’ve never done this before and I wasn’t looking forward to it, but now it’s done and since I’m pleased with the result, I thought it might be helpful to others in my situation to relate my experience and hopefully help someone out. There are folks out there who I’m sure are a lot better at this than me, but I haven’t seen any posts on this, so here goes. Below is a...
Now before I get started on this little demonstration of how I do it, let me caution you on a couple things. IF you try anything like this, take the plate that your saw blade comes up through and close that hole completely up with a thin piece of wood. Make sure it is even with the top, with no gaps and no lips to catch the pieces. You want it smooth. Then with a “Hollow ground plywood blade” come up from the bottom so you have no gap between the blade and the wood. You may have to do this a ...
I have been asked by a couple of people how I add pictures into my blogs so I thought that I would make a little blog on how I do it. This is what works for me and not the only way to do it. First you have to have your pictures in your computer. You can download then from your camera or scan them with a scanner or whatever method you want. I like to resize the pictures in advance. The maximum width picture that you can display in a blog is 640. I don’t know what the limit for the ...
Installing the springs is almost complete. I am choosing to install coil springs that are all hand tied together. This method is called “8-way hand tied.” The benefit of this method is that it is stronger, it lasts way longer, and is more comfortable than sinuous springs. Sinuous springs (or “S” springs) is what most furniture companies use today. They do the job, but like most things these days, they aren’t made to last. They also save furniture companies ...
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