I found another day off, so I immediately ran out into the shop before I could get distracted. I was able to finish the joinery on the base ends. As with everything else in life, the relative ease of the BeadLock Pro has disadvantages in repeatable accuracy. I don’t know how or why, but I do eight mortises and they only come out within 1/16” of each other. This has caused a 1/8” difference between the mortises, pretty much ruining my reveal on the spindles. I’ll f...
My path to enlightenment appears to be rather random. LOL I am discovering the woodworkers path, and the sculptors path as well as architechs and others can be lumped into Art? Found and interview with Krenov. It was great, he was a true Lumberjock! Always called himself an amateur (sp?). A catagory he liked to be in. He talked about others who may have been more “well known” but differed from him. He may have enjoyed what they created but not their process in creating. Willi...
Yesterday, as I was struggling with one of the warmest days here since coming to Nova Scotia, I received a thrilling phone call. It was from the Showcase Chair of the Northeastern Woodworkers Association. His name is Ken Evans and he called me regarding me teaching next March at the NWA’s annual showcase. I had mentioned that my friend, who is active in this large club, had approached me of the possibility of me going to Saratoga Springs in March to teach some classes on scroll saw...
Anyone here ever talk about painted router bits ? I have used many types of router bits over the years and bits without paint seem to last longer than the painted ones. I have unpainted bits that are 3 &4 yrs old, still in good shape. I get most of my bits through Magnate or custom made bits from Wood worker’s tool supply. They don’t paint there bits at all. I was told the paint acts as a blanket and dose not let the bit disperse heat as well, that makes the bit get dull quick...
Greetings all. Since I’ve been actively adding to my shop lately, cost has become an issue and has set me to thinking… Just how much money do we have tied up in our tool collections? I think many of you would be surprised at the total. One of our own had a fire in his shop recently and luckily it didn’t do too much damage to the tools, although the shop is in need of major repairs. Now to my point: if (heaven forbid) you had a fire that destroyed your shop, how ...
...But she’s got Legs!!Yesterday was a really good day!! My objective for the day, was to put some legs on this small table I’m building… Of course, I have no clue how to do that correctly, but nonetheless I proceeded… My vision was to have the legs splay out slightly, not only from side to side, but from front to back. First, I checked visually what angle looked appealing, and determined that a conservative 6° was in order… The number, shall be six…Began b...
In two recent projects, the Copper Patina box and the String Box II, I installed Soss hinges. I had once thought of a way to adapt a regular square hinge jig to make routing the mortises for the Soss hinge easier. It turns out, with this jig, it is very easy, and fast, and accurate. The Secrets of the String Box Revealed blog showed some photos of the jig and described how it works. I’m sure most folks on LJs could see how this was built, but I thought I’d do a more detailed b...
I have just started and am already realizing that this is going to take a looong time. This is the first large project I have taken on that requires all the material to be milled. I usually use a good bit of plywood because the real stuff is so expensive. On top of that, when my buddy Anthony asked me what size I wanted I said “just make it all 5/4”. I quickly realized how dumb that was ‘cause now I have to glue three pieces together for all the leg assemblies instead of two...
Let’s see if this works AGAIN , No It did not! IT ONLY SHOWS HALF THE PICTURE. Sorry guys I have done this 15 different ways, 50 times This is it. I will leave this one on here but I will not do this again. It is to much work with all these pictures. And the outcome is always the same. CRAPPY. Better pictures at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tampa-FL/Prestige-Casework/128088170544623?v=photos ...
Hello All, I sold my first tiny box yesterday and decided to put up another one today. I also cleaned the shop and did some more finishing to the boxes I have now. There are lots of pictures tonight. http://su.pr/2RrGNM Brian
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