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 ...
Day-1 Mock-Ups: Down in the basement. A pile of wood at my side. Checklist:wood…checktablesaw…checkleather gloves…checkeye protection…checkiPod…checkconvictions…check Take a deep breath. OK, that feels better… (besides, the air is still clean!) Turn on tablesaw. Done. Crosscut 4-pieces of plywood to 44” long for the sides of the bookcases, and the other 4-pieces to 37-3/4” long for the shelves.Ripcut plywood to 10.5”...
About a week ago, I finally began the built-in bookcase and mantel surround project for our living room that I’ve been talking about in a lot of other posts. I need to post less and work more, I think ;) I originally started a blog on it here: http://lumberjocks.com/JonathanG/blog/13322 but have since decided to start over. You can check out that initial blog for a couple of pictures of the space the project will be going into, as well as my thoughts on everything from several months ag...
Help! After releasing my video last week on turing wood from locally felled trees, I got a call from an old friend (actually my former boss), after he saw the video. He asked: “Hey Brian, I got this Walnut tree I cut down some time ago. Can you use it?” Now when one says Walnut tree in Northern California, this most likely means a “Hind’s Walnut”, better known to woodworkers as Claro Walnut. Everything about this wood says Claro. It is from an area that...
I seem to have found a major error in my web site! I have asked everyone to visit my site and comment and am doing a random give away once a month for one poster to my site…. but I just discovered that my comment section has not been working! I seem to have everything working now, so please stop by and comment and let me know what you think. http://highrockwoodworking.com Chris Adkins Follow me on Twitter!
Here are some photos of the construction of my small shaker table, it measures 271/2”W x 19”D x 22”H.I used cherry and maple. Legs are tapered from 1 1/4” to 7/8” on the inside edges. tenons mortises glue up corner bracing, and the dadoes i cut for the clips that hold the top. assembled, notice the bead on the bottom edge of the apron. finished, three coats of linseed oil and paste wax. I am in the process of building another one, but a littl...
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