Not too productive since the holidays. Having to tend to … well … life. But … I banged out the drawers for the first night stand, today. Dadoes and rabbets and bears, oh, my! Pics: You can sort of see … on the last picture … where an attempt at a vertical dado on a drawer side split a chunk off the ply. I can’t be bothered. The drawer face will be mahogany hardwood. Please don’t tell anybody, though ;-) Hope to get caugh...
In early December the Mid-Michigan Woodworkers Guild held their Christmas dinner/fund raiser. This year our members elected to raise money for Ele’s place. http://www.elesplace.org/ ELE’S PLACE IS a healing center for grieving children throughout the Lansing and Ann Arbor regions. Ongoing peer support group programs help hundreds of children and teens to cope with the death or life-threatening illness of a parent, sibling or other close family member or friend. The evening started with...
There has been a long running thread on heating your shop and several others on the same topic that I have been following for some time. I live in Wisconsin and have an unheated shop at the moment and very little gets done in the winter due to this. I am planning on insulation, new windows and doors and heat for next winter so I can work year around. But the heat source is another question, I have been a fire fighter for 20 years and do not want to burn down my shop (would never hear the...
So I made some pretty good progress over the last few weeks on one of the beds. The headboard and footboard combined have about 40 mortise and tenon joints, and some pretty precise geometry. The smaller mortises were made with a forstner bit and squared them up with a chisel. All of the smaller pieces in the headboard are flush with one another.Everything is so tight in the dry-fit stage that it probably could survive without a glue-up. With all of the pieces, I’m probably going to use ...
Floor mounted drill presses can be a little top heavy and tipsy. It is usually recommended that one bolt a floor mounted drill press to the floor. I don’t want to drill any more holes in the floor than necessary but I wanted my drill press to be secure. Here is my answer. http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=13406&id=100000157725738&l=21dc1a34c9
Well here it is, the year 2010 and we are planning our newest projects for the year. I have come out with the idea of we use each others talents to enhance our own products. All of us is better at maybe putting a certain cut, or carving out that likeness of and animal a little bit better, or routering those curves, angles or ends on a piece of wood, What ever we are just a little bit better at maybe we can help each other with that special project. I hope maybe my talent of burning that speci...
This is my first woodworking project that I began when my daughter was first brought home from the hospital. The plan was from a woodworking TV show I saw on PBS one day and said “I can do that”. She is now 7 months old and I still have not had a chance to finish this workbench. I squeeze in time when I can. It is constructed from SYP and 3/4” MDF (3” thick on tabletop), and is a heavy workbench. It doesn’t need much more attention just a few more coats of p...
Jan 6/10 Well… I have the idea of what I am going to make.. now it is getting down to doing it. I’m in the process of getting new glasses (since I’ve had difficulties seeing the fine details when making pens etc). It probably is a safety issue, really… so I’ve decided to wait until the glasses come in before I start the Yin Yang project. I may not get the glasses until the 20th of January. That still leaves lots of time, really, to do the project but itR...
Further to my Yellowwood windfall, I slabbed the first log yesterday. I chose to cut the largest of the “small” pieces, as it promised to contain an interesting crotch grain. I carefully measured my cuts to get as close as possible to the centre lines of the main trunk and the forks to get a book matched pair of slabs at the centre. First cutYes, interesting crotch grain. Book matched centreI set these two in the sun for this photo as the pictures in the shade are quite ...
Purging the Lumber Rack Woodworkers naturally have the hoarding instinct and this must be kept in check with strict discipline. The lumber rack has been gathering leftover material and unique pieces of wood for years with little culling to insure the quality of the collection. I cleared three small shelves first and gave a good stack of wood away to a local LumberJock member. He got a Porter Cable dovetail jig for Christmas and this will keep him busy with making boxes. I had the wood b...
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