It has been a VERY long time since I could post an update. August has been very busy for me. I had family visit for a week, was on the road for work two weeks in a row, and was in a wedding the weekend between my two trips. I made some progress before I left, but am just now gettnig to work again after two straight weeks. I glued up the table top with biscuits. Big thanks to my friend Jeff for letting me borrow his biscuit jointer! Then, using a circle cutting jig i made, cut the to...
Along the with the project we have discovered some design tweaking to make the project fit together better. Things on paper always look good, but it always seems to have tweaking points during the process. We spent some time cutting out the boxes for the lower bookcases. Taking the time now to think through the fitting together process will help save steps further steps and extra joints in the latter assembly. Spent the time now to drill in the shelf holes in and we ended up assembling a...
In order to get the inside pieces of the box to be flush with the frame sections I cut the pieces of fishtail oak the same size as the pieces of marble ,routed a rabbet that when glued to the marble would end up flush with the frame sections plus give me some glue area for when the pieces are assembled. I used 2 -part epoxy to adhere the wood to the marble. The base of the box is made from 4 pieces of stock that are 3/4” thick and 1 1/2” wide, mitered on the corners , route...
The grizzly polar bear is up and running, but needs some fine tuning. As do I.My band sawing skills are far from perfect. First run with re-sawing a log of scrap 4” cedar I did the following1. forgot to set the tension on the initial cut…..so the blade wandered quite a bit2. bolted the front fence rail too high so it wasn’t flush with the table….weird first cutting angles3.was too lazy to set up the cyclone….there can’t be that much dust created right?4. di...
My workplace has turned out to be a hotbed of longtime woodworkers and budding newcomers. Several of them have enrolled in the Beginning Cabinet Making Course at the Centre for Fine Woodworking in Nelson (founded by a former College of the Redwoods student). As a result they have to pass through my hometown of Murchison ( 1 1/2hr south of Nelson) and so I have put together a milling weekend to kick off their two weeks immersion into woodworking. If there is anyone in the area that I...
I want to begin by thanking all who gave me their tips and advice on how they stay on top of things. Sometimes I think that we are so close to our own situations that we can’t see things clearly – especially when we are in an overwhelmed state of mind. The first thing I did was make a list of what needed to be done. Look the beast(s) in the eyes, if you will. I am a “list” person to begin with, but sometimes when I get caught up and everything is going according ...
Howdy all! It’s another quick tip on 5 different uses for your scrap blocks of wood. Hope you like it and dance your pants off!
While on vacation, I stopped by the Oklahoma City Woodcraft store last Sunday. I got there at 11:00am only to find out they didn’t open til noon. As I “STOOD” there waiting, I thought to myself, If I had a Woodcraft store in my neighborhood, and they didn’t have any benches in front of their store, I would solicit my local woodworkers club, whose meetings I attend, or at least partner up with some buddies to get some benches built for them. Just saying, shouldn’...
Good evening LJ’s has been a somewhat good week in my shop with the newly acquired Delta Mortiser that arrived on Monday morning :) ( Kinda hard to believe I had this a week already :-P) It blended in with the rest of my tools perfect :) Early this week I was thumbing through an old Delta-gram book and came upon a article on shop layout and said this looked kinda familiar after looking at another book Do-it-yourself manual from the 70’s I realized they were almost the same!! only...
I was looking at pictures of shops posted by LJ members. I was amazed at how few pictures including table saws showed tools with blade guards installed. Interesting!
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