So when I first came out to Rockford, my parents showed me this huge flea indoor/outdoor flea market not too far from where we live, that was open every weekend, and I’ve found more than one hidden gem there. I’ve seen plenty of people selling all kinds of tools, in all kinds of conditions, althought it wasn’t until last summer that I really got into woodworking. Anyways, originally they had told me that it was only open spring/summer. Last time I went there were lots of ...
I found another Pawn Shop bargain. I came across a DeWalt belt sander tagged for $39. I took y’alls advice and asked for a better price. She sold it to me for $32. And once again, the tool appears to have very minimal use—almost new condition. I have read the reviews on the DeWalt DW431, they aren’t glowing reviews. But for $32 and how much I will use it, its a good buy.
What’s happing in the shop for December 3, 2009 . Working on Bartlett’s Contempo murphy bed and bookcases for a local school. For missed video and building pictures see my Current Projects link at wwbeds.com or poggyskids.com. Watch us live:<div></div>
I’ll let the pictures do the talking. Two sided tape to hold the sides together for cutting. Sides stuck together and marked for cutting. Front part of the box cut from the sides. I used the BS as it removed the lease amount of material. Back laid in place. Sides and back attached. Front of the box assembled. Test fitting the front. 3/4” brass hinges & most of the pieces for the drawers.
Today I made more progress in learning woodworking. I ran to Woodcraft and picked up a zero-clearance insert for my table saw. I installed a Freud SD208 dado blade, 3/4” wide. I installed the insert, adjusting the fit using all of the set screws on the top, front and side. Once the insert fit snuggly, I clamped a 2”x4” across the top, from side to side. (I tried clamping it from front to back but the saw motor and fence rails made it harder to do it that way.) I turned...
After work today I headed for the garage/workshop to veneer the plywood edges of the large panels. But first I moved everything to the edges of the garage and swept out the sawdust and shavings. It was a sizable pile (with a few Fall leaves mixed in): I trotted it out to the compost bin, which gets plenty of green waste but is always happy for a some atomized wood. Each of the large panels for the built-in bed has three-ply thick raw edge like so: Today’s pro...
I had a good and busy weekend. Even though we had some (more) snow delivered to our area, I made good use of my time indoors and made headway on my new designs and spent a couple of hours each night doing some needlework. That (to me!) was a great weekend. There was one incident that rather bothered me though, and I am not sure why, but I need to vent about it here. Those of you who read on a regular basis know that I don’t usually use my blog here to gripe about things. I like to...
Check out the finished product here. Thanks for following along.
Hello all, I am doing coasters for Christmas this year. Actually, these are last years Christmas gifts that were put on the back burner so I could finish one of the pedestals that go to our dining room table. Talk about a bad time to start a new project. The only people who received coasters were my folks. So, here I am, back at it. This brings me to the question, should I apply my polyurethane to the coaster before putting on the cork, OR should I put the cork on before I apply the poly? Whe...
Wood is the traditional present to celebrate 5 years of happy marriage. With this inspiration I’ve decided to make for us a family dinning table in the same style as the shaker trestle I built in 2008. The timber (from Boutique Timbers) is Tasmania Myrtle (Nothofagus Cunninghamii). I have 6 1” boards of fiddle back, and 6 2” slabs (with faults) to make the project from. The overall style will be the same as the 2008 Blackbutt table. The size is slightly larger 1m ...
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