Those of you who know me can understand the funk I’ve been in for a while now. In the last year my wife was diagnosed with cancer, shortly after i lost my job, and just recently my wife has developed some other health issues that look like they will put her out of her profession to boot. I’ve spent the entire year trying to get steady work and there just isn’t any of it there to be had in my field. So i’ve taken all sorts of part time jobs here and there just to keep a...
A fellow motorcyclist and long time friend of mine is getting married, despite my ardent advice to run. Since I’m obligated to provide some sort of item to mark the occasion, I decided to make something on the lathe. Since both he and his fiancé ride, I wanted to make something motorcycling-related – but things turned on the lathe don’t have much practical use in that area… Or, at least, I couldn’t think of one. After much deliberation, I settled upon ...
Well, I didn’t get to spend as much time over the 4 day Thanksgiving Holiday weekend as I wanted to working on this but I made some progress. I was actually hoping to have it done but not having the time and having to determine and make the template to do the cutout for the saw swivel clearance took a while. The cutout is not a continuous arc of the same radius because you need clearance for the guard here, the handle there and then the motor. And determining where to put the outlet was...
I will begin this stage of the intarsia process by resawing the wood that will become the background for the box lid. I am using Lacewood that will be bookmatched cut to 3/16” After the resawing is done I have cut the bookmatched pieces to length and have placed them on the workbench and belt sand them to remove saw marks. I like to set the pieces on a piece of 60 grit sandpaper to help hold them still while I sand them with the sander. Bookmatched pieces sanded to 220 gr...
The Daily Update for November 30, 2009 Working on McKenzie’s Contempo Murphy bed and later some more of the bookcases for a local school. I have 36 of the 41 bookcases already build. For more building pictures see my Current Projects link at wwbeds.com or poggyskids.com. See what we are doing live:<div></div>
Well thanksgiving has come and gone and not a whole lot to show for my time off. I did however get maintenance done on my tools. Wife was out of town for a week visiting her parents in New york state, so I watched a little more college football than I should have. Between that and decorating the house and yard with Christmas decorations was all I felt like doing. I guess being a little lazy isn’t a bad thing, although I did help a friend out with some detail routing on a table he is mak...
In his great series of woodworking shows there was one thing David did over and over that got some gentle teasing around the web. Can you tell which photo depicts this? Before I cut the mortises for the stiles and top/bottom rails I have to first make up the arch assembly. Through Sketchup I calculated that two boards cut on 12 degree angles would work. I’m still looking for a calculator, table, or formula that allows some what-if-ing of various dimensions to calculate various siz...
Hi, So here is my attempt to creating a queen sized bed for my Girlfriend and I. Greatly inspired by beautiful beds I saw around LJ, I generated my adaptation of the design using CATIA v5 3D modeler. around march/april 2009Bought several tools to start up a workshop from april to juneGot the materials in June.Paused from june to september to learn how to use my tools on other projects (workbench / few things for the apartment) and to settle in my new appartmentStarted actively working on t...
here are some pics of my progressi’ll need an extra day more then i figured but givin my working conditions that could be expected the light valances are about 3” tall arching up to around an inch and a halfi clamped a 3/4” block on each end about 1/8th” above the bottom marked the center and pulled up 1.5” then pushed my 36” ruller between the 2 blocks to the 1.5” mark in the center and drew a line rough cut it about a 8th off the line and fini...
Saturday my brother came by and we shimmed and installed the cabinets. Then he helped me slice ‘n’ dice my soft maple boards for the counter top. It helps to have a 2nd hand when dealing with 10’ long 6/4 lumber. I had the lumber yard give me one straight edge and from that I cut width, jointed, and planed the boards. After he left I glued up the counter top as seen here: I also cut all my drawer sides and set up a 1/4” dado blade on the TS to cut the groves for...
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