A while ago someone requested a blog on the construction of my toys. I’ll start by warning you that writing composition is not one of my strong suits. Also I build everything from plans even if I have to draw my own. This project was actually started 6 months ago, then other higher priority projects or life got in the way. It is now complete and will be posted once all the blog parts are posted.I’ll try for one a day.TIME: I often get asked “How many hours did it take?”I believe a hobby is so...
So I haven’t forgotten about this bench. I have lots of spare time to plan my woodworking projects before I actually work on them. So I decided to work out all the joinery for the bench. I’m going to try my hand at loose mortise and tenon. I figured loose tenons would be easier because of all the curves. My plan is to route the mortises in the stock before I cut the curves. Here’s what I came up with: So enough planning . . . time to start cutting . . .
OK, so I “cheated.” I typically assemble face frames with pocket screws. It’s simple, fast and strong enough. Since this face frame is composed of 1” x 3/4” members, pocket screws seemed a bit weak to me—I’d only be able to use a single screw in each member, which would allow it to “spin” somewhat. While this would be minimized greatly after gluing to the carcass, some “twist” could still occur over time. Since the drawers w...
So far the tree has been felled and the trunk has been cut into suitable sections. The chair I am going to make is Project 15 in the Lethenty Mill series of furniture making projects; the back legs are actually 900mm high, so the sections of tree need only be 1m long (to allow for shakes and discolouration on the ends when dry), however I am going to play safe and go for 1100mm. This blog installment is quite detailed, if you just want a quick overview of what I’m doing, have a look ...
Hello Fellow Shop Geeks! I cant actually believe I have only now just run across this forum/website. What a great find. I have a feeling alot of shop time will be lost here… This is my very first blog entry so I’ll just post a little background and current whats up. Background. Been woodworking forever, more building in the last decade but I always had a knack for wood and composites. Perhaps thats due to my upbringing, I was literally raised in a lumberyard as lumber i...
Well, you asked and now I will reveal how Kinnley and I did at the county fair…..drum roll please….............. I got a Second place for my cutting board and a third place for my serving tray. So a red and white ribbon and made $12. I guess that makes me an “award winning” wood worker…...lol yea right. Kinnley won a third place (white ribbon) for her blue boat with pink sail…...she won $5 and boy is she stoked. Again, I can’t thank yo...
Sorry, it’s not as bad as the title sounds. I got bit…..buy the plane buying bug. LOML wanted to run to the flea market to pick up some new flea’s. Just kidding, she wanted to pick up a new tree to plant in the hole in the back yard from the one that I planted last year that the dogs dug up sooooo many times that they killed. Well we looked and wanted to walk around an talk about what we saw. So as we were walking and talking, I spied a table with 2 planes on it. OLD W...
Howdy folks, got a little more progress on the shop this weekend. It’s been a long project, and I’m far from done. This weekend was spent avoiding the last summer blast of heat, and hanging the doors on the shop… This may seem like a small step, but for me it marks when I can truly start moving in equipment and stuff into the shop. Starting to get a little crowded in there, but that’s the nature of the beast… at only 240 sq ft I’ll be doing...
As previously posted, I had worked out the details to my RAS cabinet using Sketchup. I started working on the cabinet this weekend and the reality of my previous work objected to the finest of my plans. With the miter bench not being sqaure, I have going to have to adjust my plans for the RAS cabinet. I am going to have to take an inch off of the width of the cabinet and the torsion box. This is so I can make the cabinet square. I will then have to set the cabinet into its place and scibe ...
I started out with a fairly hefty workbench from the house’s previous owner, but it’s in a place not appropriate for a woodshop, and it’s not easy to move to where I do want my shop (the garage). Given that the space that it’s in is my main art studio, and it’s useful for that, I decided to leave it there and come up with a different bench for my woodwork.The space I had available…well, let’s call it available in theory, as at the time I decided to se...
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