One of my philosophies of retirement is to trade the lost income by investing my free time into saving resources and money. Here in Alaska we have transfer stations at the dump sights where goods that may be of some use for another are left. It is amazing what is left! Sunday is our weekly trip to the two stations in our area and although the number of people searching through these items has easily tripled we still came home with usable stuff. Most of our clothes and all my shop rags come fr...
Yes, a silly thing to take notice of, but I have a floor under all that lumber, and whatnot… Now having said that, I have a LONG way to go before the useless junk is fully out of the shop, but the weekend did some some productivity. On Friday night, I had managed to get the lathe, and badly disorganized stack of sheet goods and sheet cutoffs moved away from the wall. The lumber rack was installed. Saturday daytime was shot to, well let’s just say it’s neither Heaven...
I wanted to take advantage of the space under my table saw’s right side to create a place to keep blades, inserts, push sticks, etc. This is by no means a new idea, but thought it worthwhile to post. I built the entire cabinet out of 3/4” birch ply from Lowe’s using pockethole screws and glue. Drawer slides are full extension. The drawer fronts are wrapped in cherry. Finish is 2 coats of a BLO and mineral spirits mix. Now I’ve got all my table saw stuff right at ...
In this episode I go over the installation of the drawer slides. It is very important to remember that the width of you drawer box is the key to a successful slide installation.
I haven’t really been able to do much in the shop since my 4th of July table build with my in-laws. I got some time to make some improvements over the last week or so and made some good progress. My first project was to get a good outfeed table. I cobbled together a frame out of some 2×4s with simple glue and screw construction. I took an old solid core door and cut it down for the top, edge banded in pine with some left over stain thrown on. I also put on a replaceable hardbo...
Found this bench at an auction. Poor thing only had one arm !This is what I do. I try to give these pieces a new life.
Well I have all my panels glued up. I did pretty well considering I only have 4 clamps. I was able to get them all relatively even and glued up using my clamps and Kreg Jig. I was going to try and take them somewhere locally to have them drum sanded down, but I spent yesterday with my 603 in my hand…sweat on my brow…and now flat boards ready for assembly. Well really I have 4 more to do, but I have the panels for my crosspiece flattened, and the panels for my shelving and endbo...
A little more progress made on the closet. All the joinery was cut, a few dados and rabbits along with two bevels to the panels and some biscuits. A full interior sanding and dry fit followed by the glue-up. The glue up took place in three phases. The top two parts were glued up first then once that was dry the bottom and sides were done with the top assembly dry fit in place to the sides, and then the top assembly was glued to the sides. I added some structural members to the top section sin...
I’ve been out of town a few weeks. But i’ll be back soon with new videos. Here is a quick thank you to everyone at Craftsman and the folks that came out in Chicago. What a blast!
It’s Monday and I can’t wait to start the week. That’s a great feeling. I have several new things that I want to get working on and I am really excited about getting them going and seeing them come to life. Last week I showed my editor the star ornaments that I finished. He liked them a lot and I told him I could make a totally different set out of maple or another light wood and I would be able to use the paints I used on the candle holders and tint them red, white an...
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