I currently have an old craftsman table saw. The saw itself works fine, it’s the table that is not very good. The center table seems ok, the “extensions” on either side are bent, and I’m afraid that the fence might not be straight either. Here’s what I want to do: tear the saw down to just the mechanics and the center table. Build a cabinet for it, with dust collection (which is absent on the current one), bigger surface for ripping sheets, and a longer fence. An...
Since this project is mostly for practice, with no deadline, and I want to end up with a really high quality piece of furniture, I have decided to first make the project in poplar for practice in the techniques I am expiramenting with, as well as to work out any bugs in the design. I figure that poplar is relatively inexpensive, readily available, and hard enough to turn, mill and generally work like whatever hardwood I choose for the final piece.Today I turned the legs, I have never turned ...
The title says it all, no shop-made slides but soul-less metal ball-rolling ones instead: Earlier I wrote that I didn’t find any of them around, it turned out I just looked in wrong places. In fact I undertook another attempt to make full-extension slides from aluminum extrusions and wooden runners (some different design), and it helped me to realize that it’s just too much ado to cut, drill, and file aluminum. Doing all this with wood is a pleasure for me, messing ...
Word Images In Wood ….your beauty is mine,eradiating from soul,I feed in silence….—-by flp ….and one more today; ….back to my root source,enticed I am drawn in-ward,my end is complete….—-by flp Thank you.GODSPEED,FrankRusticWoodArt email@example.com://frank.wordpress.com/ —-”....work smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood....”
The outpouring of ideas from everyone has been incredibly helpful. I have been struggling with how I should get the router table to be flat, or at the very least to f sharp. So I sat at the piano and tickled the ivories. Many of you might be astonished to find that I play the piano; well you need not be, as I really don’t. When I turned 38, and realized it had been 20 years since I had graduated high school, it seemed that it was just about time to get my midlife crisis underway. I...
The Sawdust Chronicles Spring 2009 30-Day Build Challenge #3: With the build process over, the judging commences
The Sawdust Chronicles Spring 2009 30-Day Build Challenge has concluded. At least for the contestants. The judges, Neil Lamens, Erik Pearson, and myself, now have to pour over the submitted projects to find 4 winners. 3 Beginner Woodworkers and 1 Amateur Woodworker will be chosen to receive prizes based on a point system. The judging process should conclude on June 15th. The results will be posted here, on the website, and will be a featured podcast. Good luck to all of the contesta...
Alright, The short story is that I need to try and match up the wood that my floor is made from. There are some areas that were patched with plywood and I would like to refinish it. This is my first attempt at adding pictures to a blog so hopefully it goes well. I’ve refinished one room a while back and this is the same stuff so I know what it looks like when it is finished because it does darken quite a lot. Even after refinishing one room I never did figure out what type of wood...
So I have been a little behind in creating scrollsaw projects. Today was a perfect day to do some catch-up. The weather was nice with some breeze blowing and mild temperatures. I have projects all lined up and the material to complete some (see the previous post). So I was going to do some scrolling. Well as it happens, about a week ago I noticed a black dot in front of me floating around. I realized it was some optical issue but not sure what. I learned that it could be what is called ...
I just bought a used mitre saw (Delta 10” 36-075). Apparently it’s been sitting around for a while. When the blade arm goes up and down, it sounds like an old squeaky, creaky door. Also, when changing the mitre angle, it very, very hard to move. Any ideas on how to rememdy these? Thanks
pics to follow… my phone died and I’m still in the middle of things (came in to warm it up & get a charger cable). I’m finally getting to hanging my insulation out in the shop today. we’ve got temps in the 40’s finally… and while that’s not balmy to some, it is good enough for me. I picked up some lumbah for the project last week… but the thermometer kept reading just under 30°. That meant that IN the shop it would be about 20°. Today...
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