0-60 Magazine offered a PDF download for plans for an arcade racing cabinet: http://www.0-60mag.com/online/?p=18342 Since I already have a regular arcade cabinet this seemed like another great thing to add to my basement. Unfortunately, the layout in the PDF is not to my liking and the font for the dimensions is horrible. The hood is also too large to get down my stairs, so I made some modifications and built it in Sketchup. It’s designed for a specific wheel,...
Well, I finally got a workshop and moved all of my tools to their new home. I was lucky enough to find a very nice industrial desk and credenza on craigslist (FOR FREE) to use for storage and assembly. I picked up some rubber drawer liners to keep things from sliding around, and I really wish that they came sized to fit. I was cutting the liners to fit their respective drawers and was soon reminded that it’s usually the small things that bite ya. With ALLLLL of the VERY STUPID things th...
The absolute worst time to find out you’ve made a mistake is while the glue is drying. So this part focuses strongly on the importance of a dry assembly, which I consider to be an essential part of the glue up process. By the end we’ll have a partially glue-up entertainment center. A few of the topics covered in this part: Gluing trim pieces. Using biscuits. Clamping strategies. Using a wood filler to hide miter flaws. Cutting the big bevels on the top and bottom trim. Sa...
I can’t imagine why this catalog was sent to me.I can’t imagine who’s buying this pricey stuff. Its a catalog of turnings and furniture parts. 1. I have NEVER purchased anything like this from anyone.2. The items in the catalog are so expensive as to be ludicrous. An item picked at random is a 42” long “Fluted thin-long post farmhouse leg”.In cherry wood theyre asking 79.95In pine its 49.50In walnut its 100.95None of these are provided with finishe...
I thought I better post some pictures of my real workshop in case anyone thought I just had drawings. If you’ve been in on my home page work shop the following is what you saw. I put the overview in here so you could make sense of my detailed photos which follow. The shop is 220 sq. ft. and was a carport attached to the garage with a small workshop running across the back of the garage. The loft which is about 550 sq.ft. spans the garage and the workshop. It’s all insulated and pa...
Well, Friday was my last day at my day job. I got a good severance and have insurance for almost a year so I’ve got that going for me to help out. I have to admit I’m a bit numb as in 30 years I’ve never been out of work, but I’m still focused on woodworking. Right now I’m working on my dishwasher, moving furniture, and remodeling my living room so I will try to post some progress pictures soon. Since my woodworking is focusing on Greene & Greene, that is...
Sept 21/09 Once again, there will be a FREE DRAW in our next eMag. This month’s book is: The Great Book of Wooden Toys Norm Marshall. I didn’t have time to make one of the projects this month—but if you are interested in making trains, planes or transport trucks… well this is the book for you. Check out the website for more information. I will be providing my review of the book in the October eMag. (Kindlingmaker was the recipient of August’s book ...
On Friday afternoon I arrived home to find a package containing 10 freshly-printed copies of the Oct/Nov Woodcraft Magazine which includes the feature story on my shop! It went something like this: Navin R. Johnson: The new phone book’s here! The new phone book’s here!Harry Hartounian: Boy, I wish I could get that excited about nothing.Navin R. Johnson: Nothing? Are you kidding? Page 73 – Johnson, Navin R.! I’m somebody now! Millions of people look at this book e...
Today I’ll be staining some maple. The customer want a cherry finish. Not a new cherry wood look, but the old antique look with years patina. More like the stuff you’d find on the a showroom floor call “cherry finish”. As most of you know, maple doesn’t absorb stain very good, so to achieve a dark, rich finish is impossible with stain only. Several years ago, I standardize this finish for my customers and make to sample piece with the steps that need to be...
Buddy of mine gave me a chunk of bowling alley earlier this year. I was going to make Something out of it, and my wife asked if I would make a rolling kitchen island to replace our kitchen table. It needed a little cleanup on the ends, and I lucked out, only barely nicking this nail with a router bit. The plan is for it to be counter height: I decided to do a decorative treatment on the ends of the rails, somewhat ‘greene and greene’ influenced, but just out o...
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