After my screwup with the pine legs, and the fact that pine 4×4s are a royal pain in the butt to find in Houston, I opted for a trip to Lowes to grab a couple of Aromatic red cedar 4×4s. Their so called “select” which I guess is supposedly select grade, but knottier than I would expect. So I get home with the 4×4s and notice that they are, well actually 4×4, and my plans call for nominal size lumber (3.5×3.5), so it was off to the jointer, and planer to...
Ive very slowly been working on what could be considered my first “real” project. In that it is a project that is not for use in the shop. My mom had a very nice stained and stamped pation poured recently and installed a new cedar fence for privacy. So i volunteered to build a gate. She said that she wanted something that was very really nice looking and would be the focal point of the fence. So i drew up several sketches of some redwood gates, and asked what she liked the be...
Hey everybody, after a few personal messages here is my version of a how to on a Drunken Checker Board. I of coarse bow to the Chairman of the Board and pay tribute with beer. This is a Off-Checker pattern I call “Drunken Alice in Wonderland” The “serendipitous” nature of this piece is appealing in a far out sort of way. Here Goes… So first I prepare the Material. I am using Hard Maple and Walnut both are surfaced flat and cut 1” x 9” x 14&...
This blog entry is just a “proof in the pudding” post of encouragement for those starting woodworking and are looking for a way in to hand planing. I got this old stanley #5 about 6 months ago and over the course of that time have learned about how to sharpen it, tune it, and use it. it’s my only other plane other than another old stanley block plane. Since i dont need to mill lumber from the rough, i set it first to take off several thousandths. i gradually got better at...
Although all my previous designing, my efforts to get the piece of furniture to the very best end I can, usually met lots of minor cuestions to be solved, before finishing the job to my complete satisfaction. And this is the reason why the work sticks to the bench towards the end. Actually I’m never 100% satisfy. That’s the price I pay for the personal discoverys that represent my designs. Others don’t find it that much important, but it i...
When we left this last, the box proper was all but done.It’s time for the mundane, but important, little details. I’m sure the observant amongst you have noticed all the “bust outs” from when I used the table saw to mill slots for the top and bottom panels. You were probably LOL@ me! The next step addresses them.I have a plethora of small, cut-out, leftover fingersand begin by splitting them into approximate size with my little mini-froe; an old knife style paint chipp...
hey everyone!! heres the link to my newest video on sharpening. its nothing extraordinary but i go over the systems and the techniques that i use to sharpen. you may not agree with me or you may do something differently but this is simply how i do it and the most effective way that i believe it can be done. remember its not so much about how you get there its the result. http://teenagewoodworker.wordpress.com/2009/09/05/sharpening/
I am going to be starting my first paying project in the next few weeks. It is a big step for me in my wood working. I am building a set of custom bookcases with a window bench for a friend. I found a very good local lumber mill that only deals in reclaimed lumber. They offer both air dried and kiln dried lumber. My friend is somewhat budget conscious and would like to have the bookcases built our of oak to match the rest of his house. The lumber yard has air dried white oak at a really...
I hope that everyone had a good finish to the summer by spending quality time with the family over the long Labor Day weekend. My wife, Rita, and I went kayaking with friends on the Madison and Yellowstone Rivers here in Montana and we covered 17 miles between the two trips. Bald eagles and other wildlife were abundant and the scenery was – well it’s Montana so it was beautiful! My apologies for not being very active this summer here at LJ and for the lack of providing real...
I have been shopping for a new table saw and came across this article. So check it out. http://www.meganandmurray.com/2009/08/this-rigidsteel-city-table-saw-can-kill-you.html
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