Hello All, I am feeling a bit icky today, so I started out to write a really lame post. I may have accidentally written a slightly entertaining one, I can’t be sure. There isn’t any woodworking stuff tonight, but there is a photo of a duck, so it has that going for it. It might be good…it might stink…I am just not sure. The 3 photos are nice though. http://su.pr/6RVkZX <My post tonight is…well…it started out as rubbish and then finished strong&...
So the discussion in my last blog really got me thinking and for whatever reason this evening I decided to give dovetails a shot. I’ve never done any sort of locking joinery before… in fact I’ve only even tried mitred joints a few times without all that much luck. I figured it out. This is 3/32×1/8 balsa wood. It was just two scrap pieces I thought I’d see if I could actually do it. Determining that, in fact, I could, I set about making the drawers. ...
Ok, so I’ve changed the design of the drawers a bit on my bench cabinet. I decided that instead of sliding on wood rails – per the plan – that it would be much better to use side mount ball bearing sliders. The plan calls for 19-3/4” deep (carcass is 20” deep) but they don’t make 19” sliders. I got 18”s. The width of the drawer is 23” (I know, I’ve read that they shouldn’t be wider than the slider, oh well…) Depth o...
The great cabinet build started in earnest on Thursday. Before any cabinets got built, however, I had to wait for a little help to show up to cut the full sheets of plywood down. While waiting I gave the shop a pretty good cleaning and even managed to organize my sheet good pile. I even manged to measure and label all of the partial sheets with their size, including thickness. With the layout of my shop, cleaning up this space was very important in order to have a clear path...
While in the midst of organizing the shop, I moved my compressor and realized how old it is. However, it runs like a champ. It is a bit slow initially to come up to full pressure,but once there it runs everything I need it for, namely air sanders and nail gun. This ol’ boy belonged to my husbands father, who if he was still alive today would be 106 years old. Wow !It has a General Electric 1/2 hp motor on it which is the size dimensionally of todays 3hp motors.They don’t make t...
Hi Everyone, This year sure is flying by. Here are some step pictures of a “Center Headboard Fan Carving,” and a little peek at the carved back panels, out of solid cherry. I’ve been working on this bed for two months. I’ve been having a blast working on this bed. With all the carving and bending. The economy has been really slow, we have been very lucky to still be busy. “Knock on wood” We have had to be leaner and more productive this year. Also, We...
A journey into the workshop. #64: 3 large(ish) boxes gone, and a mess more light... Free stuff for Houston / Galveston area LJs.
Okay almost gone. At least they are empty now… Now that I have the majority of the fence material out in the back yard, being installed, I had some time to put up my last 2 shop lights… Which may not seem like much, but those boxes take up a bunch of room in my shop, not to mention the last 2 bulbs in the original case of bulbs. So now the shop has a grand total of 6, 4 foot, 2 bulb shop light fixtures neatly arranged along the ceiling, and one that is still somewhat will ni...
Making the tambour door was quite a project. I’ve made them before using a traditional canvas backing to which the slats are glued. I wanted to do something different on this one. As I was thinking about what to do, Rockler happened to send me an ad for their Tambour Router Bit Set. I ordered them and below is the result as well as some of the difficulties I encountered. This is an overall view of the tambour. Obviously it’s not installed in the desk yet. That’s co...
This video is last half of the plate,the finish.
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