I thought this topic was exhausted many moons ago. As a “pro”, little things pop up, that need our attention from time to time. Now that my life is, for the most part, mine again, I have time to conclude our little melodrama. We left off with me as acting, temporary, until the job was done … chairman of the North Tahoe Arts Artisan’s Gift Shop. That’s a mouth full. For the two weeks proceeding the meeting I organized the agenda from the last meeting. I shortened it from 14 pages to 2...
im wondering how much interest there would be in haveing a voice room . in otherwords you could have a lumberjock room where you could go in and talk pretty much the same as on the phone . all you would need is a microphone plugged into your pc . its worldwide so martin or grumpy could talk to ms. debbie or karson for as long as you want and its free . you can have as many people in the room as you want . any one can have a room of thier own . you also can have a locked room where anyone woul...
Time for the Mortise and tenons. First of all, thanks to all who gave me advice about the mortising machine from the last blog. I did hone and tune the chisel and mortise machine and it did cut considerably better. I also turned the chisel so that the open side faces the previously bored section and didn’t have any trouble with chips getting stuck (thanks Betsy!) So I made the layout lines on my legs: And cut the mortises. Notice the stop block for repeatability: I w...
I just finished posting my latest plane attempt. It was another rewarding process. I learn a little more about the mechanics involved with each attempt. One thing I didn’t realize, was that I really got the chance to practice woodworking with extremely strict tolerances. A slightly thin tenon is one thing, a slightly slanted iron ramp is another. I’ve also appreciated the need for sharp cutting edges. I’m learning that I don’t want to stick with the “Scary ...
After more thinking and feedback from the group I decided to have another go at the indent detail. I modified the jig so the indent appears only 1 1/4” above the bottom of the leg. I also adjusted the length of the indent by making the ramp steeper. The result looks like this in the scrap MDF. I also made the curve on the bottom on this scrap so I could transfer it to the leg for further shaping. Here is the first leg all shaped. I have a little more sanding to do but this...
Hello old friends. Sorry I haven’t been very active but I’ve been looking over your shoulders. Amazing what everyone is doing. I have to say I think LJ has advanced the skills of so many people. Funny how wanting to share things with friends can get you to push a little harder or try something you might otherwise never attempt. My self imposed exile from the shop will be ending soon. My crazy training schedule for this event will be over and I’m itching to smell sawdust a...
I had my first kickback episode and do not know what I did wrong… I was ripping a small piece of of red oak to a width of 3”. The piece I was ripping was a scrap from a previous project and was not rectangular in shape. Here is a picture of the piece after I cut the excess off: In the picture you can see the push stick that I was using and the setup of the saw. Here is another picture at a lower angle: Here is what happened: I pushed the piece forward and the wast...
Now that the fixed shelves have been roughly milled, I wanted to start on the sides. For five cabinets, I need 10 sides. The dimensions for the sides are 7 5/8×28 1/2. Since I am trying to use up the stock I have on hand I was able to grab eight pieces that fit these specifications and two that were only 7 1/2 wide. I figure that I will make a custom cabinet for this fifth one that will end up 1/8 shorter than the others. My jointer is only 8” wide so I had to rip the boards tha...
I am finally completely done with all the cabinets for this house. Everything is installed, hardware is one, and everything is clean. The photographer (www.coastline-studios.com) took pictures yesterday, so hopefully I will have some to post on here in the next few days. I’m very excited to show this project off! I learned SO much on this job. Many things I will be doing differently. I feel like I just finished a class harder than any I ever took in college! Some of you probabl...
I’ve finally completed the toybox and will post pictures of it hopefully tonight. I’ve also managed to knock out other projects recently including basement storage shelving, garage storage shelves, and finally hanging some drapes in the family room. the drapes was the scariest part since they are 17 feet long and I have to climb up on a ladder just to hang the rods for them. So on my overall list here’s where I’m at: Entertainment Center – designed to match ...
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