I decided my bench was solid enough that it wasn’t worth replacing, so I put a new top and back on it. Top is 3/4” MDF with 3 coats of polyurethane, which seems to be enough that sliding a bench tool across it doesn’t dig anything up. Back is just basic pegboard with 1×3 back supports.
Dovetail… is there another word in woodworking that brings more reaction and sense of nostalgia? The word alone has come to mean craftsmanship and brings back memories of the past. For myself I picture an old master in his shop taking time to layout and mark each tail, meticulously cutting with smooth strokes of the saw, marking and cutting the pins for a tight fit, and then adjusting the cuts with a razor sharp chisel to make sure the joint comes together perfectly. The amazing part is th...
Progress being made on my clock project – Ironic that I’m having to continue my learning of patience on a project to make a time measurement piece. Check out my progress here to read about my exploits as I reflect and continue this project. Here are also some additional pictures I decided to not include in the blog.Rear side of the face & frame assembly. There’s a gap between the face and the lower rail of the frame to allow the pendulum to swing freely. Note that ...
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My current project is an end-table with a maple top, two wide pieces edge-glued. I’ve been working on flattening it, using a long sanding block and some 60 grit because the troublesome grain played havoc with my planes. I finally gave up on the planes after tearing one side all to hell and putting some serious divots in the other side. I picked the lesser of the two evils, and scraped all the divots out. Of course, scraping just transformed the badlands into gently rolling hills and...
Yesterday I had a client walk in the shop with some clear Pine boards and the request to joint it up into an L-shaped kitchen countertop, 24” wide. Work is work and I told him to come and collect tomorrow. In between other work, I planed the boards and noticed they were somewhat resinous but didn’t give it much thought. This morning I took the tops out of the clamps for a few passes through the drum sander. When I noticed sticky dust on the exit side, I knew I had a problem.When I opened the ...
The Brisbane Timber and Working With Wood Show starts on Friday. I will be at the show all three days… so come over and have a chat… Making it’s debut at this show will be the new banner for Torque Workcentres…..designed by Stuart Lees of Stu’s Shed This banner is 2000 mm by 850 mm [ nearly 7 feet high by 3 feet wide… or just under actually]There will also be a large banner at the rear of the site… so you will not be able to miss us… And the fa...
My SawStop (ICS31230) arrived last weekend and is now up and running in the shop. It was shipped with the upgraded blade guard/dust collection and lockdown throat plate (the red version). Anyway, I will do my best to give a review after I have had some time to enjoy the beast. I have included some photos of the big day. Unloading: It only took six guys to lift it! ...onto the mobile base… ...rolling it up the driveway… ...and home at last! Thanks ...
As a semi-anual tradition (on an as-needed basis) I clean out my shop and load my truck with the un-lucky wood scraps that don’t make the “cut”, and either take them camping or to the beach for a very exotic, very expensive bonfire. So last week my wife and I camped for two nights at Pfieffer Big Sur along the coast of California. This is about 6 months worth of scraps awaiting there fate: A partial list of whats in that pile: Highly figured 8/4 Quilted Maple...
This is where I left off last time: Chopping the tails I cut most of the waste out with a coping saw and then clamped down the tail board to my bench to chop out the rest: First it is necessary to test the sharpness of your chisels… yep they are sharp. (I accidentally grazed my chisel when I reached across my bench for a pencil) After chopping the tails: The two sides of my case: Transferring the tails to the pins I had a little bit of a dilemma ...
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