The value of a classical education is in the laying of a foundation for your work to follow. One learns joinery in order to learn accuracy plus patience and the myriad ways there are to build. For instance, there are a dozen or more ways to build a box, but each situation requires an evaluation and then a decision. Your decision on joinery will depend upon factors like your knowledge or skill, the available tooling options, economy or speed, enjoyment, and finally how late the project is. [If...
So, after a day of cleaning and a night of sleep I just have to say, Shame on you who don’t clean your tools regularly! I tend to clean my hand tools every quite often, Nomi, Nokogiri and Ganna every time I have used them. Sharpening I do all the time as I do work a lot of Western Red Cedar. Try cutting perfect dovetails with a less than 10000 grit sharpened Nomi. So this is about my new old machine and how the renovation goes on… So why am I ranting about this?Well remember...
It’s time to make parts for the six drawers. The original plans called for birch plywood for the sides and backs This would be a snap with 1/2” plywood, but I decided to use solid wood, knowing that it would require at least on full day just to prepare the parts. After re-sawing some boards, gluing up others and a lot of planing, the parts are ready. The Porter Cable 4210 from Lowe’s is the perfect tool for making dovetails. The great thing about this jig is tha...
Not everyone likes the same things. I know I am stating the obvious, but sometimes, as much as we do realize it, we forget that.I am no different. I see something I like and I find myself assuming that everyone I meet will like it as well. Be it food, a movie or even artwork or techniques. But having a partner like Keith helps keep me looking at things using realistic eyes. He and I are very opposite in our tastes and preferences. There is an old saying that 'opposites attract' and I ...
My Super Sled is the demo item for this discussion: This continues to be a technically interesting thing to build. Of course, I started out with a simple design more like Neil’s, but everyone has urged me to add all the gizmos…........and every gizmo prolongs the build. So LJ’s has slowed me down, but I will end up with a more versatile device. I don’t know if LJ’s is gonna be a help or a hindrance in whatever the final product is like…......but I am ...
My two younger girls (ages 7 & 4) are always interested in working on a project in the basement with their dad. Most of the time they are gluing sawdust to a piece of scrap wood. This time around I thought I would try and do something a little more involved with them. We decided to build them a kid sized bench using some of the scrap plywood I’ve got laying around. With a bit of searching through the piles, we were able to find some pieces that would work without much cutting ...
I just signed w/Lumberjocks…I have a new Steel City table saw, model 35990C, and am concerned about table top rust. My saw is kept in my unheated Wisconsin garage, and the temperature/humidity can have fairly wide fluctuations. I read a few entries concerning Zerust anti-rust liners, particularly the Zerust lined plywood cover made by CueballRosendaul. My question is: Has anyone used Zerust liners for rust protection?...and…Does it seem to work? I can be reached at email@example.com
I don’t have a long bench. I have two short benches owing to going from a space rich environment allowing two 7 ft benches to a space sparse environment, not allowing. Gave one away, cut the other in half (some reconstruction involved), adding wheels. Which is fine. Worked great for a couple of years but then my eldest daughter requested the construction of a tall, wide but very not deep (sort of like a bookcase for soup cans) pantry to roll in/out next to her fridge. Did desi...
Greetings all. Well, the plans are coming along, but I’ve hit a bit of a roadblock. To make the Rubik’s cube pedestal I will need six different colors, and they must be different enough to stand out against each other. This could be hard to do if I stick with natural wood, so I’ve been thinking of going with a single species with a light color such as white oak or maple, then dye it. I want the grain to be obvious, so something transparent is in order, plus, to keep wi...
This is a build as you go project. I build a little.move it into the house for a fitting, then back to work. I an in the possess of staining and shellacking now.
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