Well I finally got the shop set up so broke down and made some really quick tracks for the train.Made it 4’ long to fit on a shelf. Cut a 4’ by 3” base for the tracks then clamped it down to the table and used spacers to get the spacing just right and consistent. T&J wants you to build a complete rail in I shape but as I shrunk the train down I made T shaped rails and cut a grove in the rail road ties to be glued in to.I glued all the ties down th...
I am one of those people who have trouble standing for very long. Although I love woodturning, standing at the lathe for a long period can become very painful. A back support helps some, but even with the support I can still have problems. Taking ibuprofen can extend how long I can stand, but I dislike routinely taking it as it can be hard on the stomach. I first came upon the idea of using a bench rest in an article by Ernie Conover in the May/June 2014 issue of Woodworkers Journal...
So I spent most of yersterday morning jointing, planing and cutting. All the stock is now to the correct size. The Peruvian Alder has a pleasant smell when cutting. It’s fairly easy to work. The biggest challenge was the planing as the ribbons have a tendency to tear out a bit and on the ends of the board, the tear out actually ends up being a chunk torn out. Though this was typically limited to the last 1/4 of the board which I’m going to cut off anyway. So after a couple...
A few years ago, I posted a written blog entry about my google map marker birdhouse. I’m currently without a workshop so I went back to one of my favorite projects and created a video for my you tube channel (Woodified). View on YouTube
You can see the project here and it’s awesome http://lumberjocks.com/projects/220826
My son is growing really fast like i’m sure all kids do, So it was time to get in the shop and make a gate to keep him off the stairs. In this video link you can follow all the steps I went through to make this gate with reclaimed lumber. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1ksWmwYjDo It looks great and doesn’t seem out of place with the rest of the wood in the house..
I determined the Kreg settings for drilling pocket holes for the legs and the skirts for this nightstand. The thickness of the case bottom is approximately 5/8 inches. I am going to use 1 inch long pocket screws. I also tested the hangerbolts that will be used with the corner braces or brackets. I will have to determine the length to cut the corner brackets after I have fastened the legs and skirts. I have designed the legs and skirts so the pocket holes will be covered: the holes in...
At least. Spend some time getting five slats resawn out of a 4×4.. Found of of these had a shortage of knots. Cut it down to 26” long. Then, marked a line just over 2” wide, and resawed the excess off. Set that aside with the other two.. As I can make seat slats, or armrests out of them. Set the main event so I could slice off 1/2” thick slabs, 2”wide.. Since I already had the side on the bench, I could lay out the slats as they came off the ban...
If you live in Fl, you know temperature control is less than easy. My small shop is in the garage – there is no A/C or heat in the garage and the cost to insulate for heating and A/C is way beyond what I am willing to spend on a garage! My garage is actually quite large – it’s a 2 car with an additional 8 feet depth which is where my shop is located What I opted to do for the summer (it’s unbearable in there in there in summer, and I usually avoid working in i...
I made some decent progress on the unisaw. With the exception of the yoke/motor bracket assembly, all of the base components are disassembled and I have started stripping the old paint off the cabinet. Hopefully I’ll finish out this long weekend with most of the parts cleaned and primed for final paint. There is a tapered pin holding the yoke/motor bracket together that has thus far thwarted all reasonable attempts with PB blaster and heat. In reading various forums, it seems the ...
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