So here’s a step by step process I used to cut the inner and outer arches. The basic plan is to dry fit the door frame, set up the pivot for the circle jig, cut a groove for the outer arch, move the stiles out of the way while keeping the arch clamped in place, cut a groove for the inner arch, use a jig saw to cut through the grooves, then use a flush trim bit to finish the arch cuts. Step 1: This time around I learned to cut a board to fit in the middle and mark its location on th...
Just finished up my third day on my newest project, a 14’x26’ deck. I have been trying to remind myself to take a few pictures but keep forgetting. Should finish up tomorrow so I will post some pictures of the finished product
Okay, by now you’ve heard it a few times, I really like the Mortise Pal jig. This time around I paired it with the Milescraft Turnlock system which a allows you to attach bushings and other things to the router base very fast and without screws. In fact, once I get caught up on the blogs I plan to write a review of this system. Suffice it to say for now that I really like the concept and it is much easier on my catcher’s mit hands. The new Mortise Pal is wide enough that...
When working in my shop, I like to keep the garage door open to let light and the breeze in. This morning, a little magic briefly wandered through that open door… This morning, I’ve been working on bolting up a project and listening to the birds assault the blackberries across the alley. All of the sudden I realized that their calls were coming from inside the shop… For about fifteen minutes, while I stood and watched in awe, a pair would poke among the berries, fly into the shop and...
When ever I get the opportunity to see another shop I’m always looking to see how they do things or the tools they use, always looking for a better idea. Even when looking at the pictures or videos posted here I’m looking at the background and saying to myself (ah look what he has), admit it you do it too. So I’m going to talk about some of the procedures I use or just the tools and jigs that make my life easier no matter how small they are. I’ll try to add something about once a week and...
My kitchen remodel is underway! First, I built these pantry cabinets so that we have some storage as the remodel progresses. The side cabinets are 12” deep so that everything on the shelves can be easily found. The lower center section will house a small refridgerator capped with a counter to create a drink bar area. This will allow people to get drinks and condiments for dinner without intruding on the kitchen work area during meal prep. The doors are beech as the rest of the ...
Just got back from the lumber yard. This is gonna be a quick post, and a test run to see if I can figure out how to add photos to the blog body. Anyhow, took the 2 year old with me (that was a challenge) and we picked out some S4S birch 1×3’s, 1×4’s, and 1×6’s for the framework. Next trip will be for some maple to fill in the headboard panels and make the slats. Here are a couple pix of the birch….garage is kinda dark, and if I raise the door the k...
So, this is my current project in progress. I am framing a storage shed to put the garden and yard tools, so I can get a little more space in the garage for the workshop. Real glad to be past the digging out for the footer blocks, and the squaring of the footers. Found that my stabila torpedo level with a right angle prism was a great help in lining up to the house and also squaring the block positions. I had upgraded my old craftsman direct drive noisy compressor to a 200psi dewalt bel...
These are some things that my Dad has made for us kids. As I’ve said before I have learned ALOT of what I know from him. He and my Grand-Pa have alot to do with me loving woodworking. That even helped me with picking out my job when I joined the Navy. I became a Navy Seabee (construction). Anyways between the two I have learned a great deal. I had many a summers spent in my Grand-Pa’s Shop in Iowa. Once we moved to Chicago my dad feel away from woodworking. Not having hi...
Well this post has been a while in coming…We moved into the new townhouse back in May, I spent about a month painting (old place and the new), swapping out all the light fixtures, switches, plugs, taps, doors and even the kitchen cabinet doors, so the shop just had to wait. Here’s the space before we moved in.Walking in the door Looking to the right All the way in, by the window, looking at the exit. Then the move happened…by the time the movers got to moving my ...
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