http://magazine.wsj.com/features/gift-guide/a-handmade-tale/ By Katherine Rosman | Photographs by Christopher Griffith Just figured the folks here would appreciate this article: Extract below – link above goes to the full article. Artisan stands for quality. “The craftsman is a haughty figure,” says Matthew B. Crawford, the author of “Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work.” “He does what he knows how to do well. If he finds an audience, that’s great. But fo...
Iam Building a New Shop And Want to Build My Own Roof Rafters the out side is 28ft by 28ft I want a 4/12 Pitch with 1ft over hang Iam going to use 2by6 how long do I need I need HELP with the square THAHKS Jim
I sometimes get requests for things I have made one of and find that making a second one is as time consuming as the first and prone to the same errors.To avoid this I try to make jigs that take the guessing out and speed up the process when the need arises. Special thanks to Dusty56 who inspired me and helped me get up and running on this project. To follow this build please see my blog here:http://shopprojectsandjigs.blogspot.com/2011/01/production-jig-for-multi-business-card.html
Lacking a band saw, I had to turn to my table saw to cut the lid free once the box was glued up. I used a combination of masking tape and a Bessey band clamp to hold the box together while the glue dried overnight. Using a full-kerf blade (since it was already installed for cutting the key slots and since a thin-kerf blade would only have saved me 1/32” of wood) I cut the lid free from the box and was surprised by how well it worked. Apart from the burn marks that I’ll have t...
As part of the Introduction to Woodworking 101 continued I introduced Jon to the part of furniture construction that most woodworkers truly enjoy- sanding and glue-ups! This is a picture that was taken about a month ago of him sanding the right side of the vanity. With this glue-up, using biscuits, the face frame is being attached to the carcass. This was a challenging glue-up given the number of biscuits involved and the size of the cabinet. It was helpful to have two of us working...
Here’s the first chair. I plan on building another one, plus two side tables, a bench and coffee table for the deck off my guest apartment. I purchased the plans on line, but I’ve always had trouble following rules, so the final product somewhat different than what the plans called for. I used scrap 2×6 treated pine left over from building the apartment and deck, instead of cedar or red wood the plans called for, simply because it was scrap laying around.
It was my birthday yesterday, but I was not home, I was in Ise City.Yes, there was a concert there and I stayed there a night. Ise is just like Mecca of Shinto in Japan, there are 2 big shrines there so I went to both of them before the rehearsal and before the concert.I thought some of you might like these photos so I am uploading some. First I went to Geku, it was only 15 minutes walk from the hotel I stayed, so I went there after breakfast before I left there for the concert. From For...
So the mantle clock project is underway, the walnut and oak strips are cut, and the stripe section is glued up and drying in the clamps… It is now too late to run power tools, so the cross section will need to wait until tomorrow. I had a $10.00 off any purchase of $20.00 or more at Woodcraft coupon, so I got my walnut there. I really only needed / wanted 2 board feet anyway, just enough to finish up this project, and maybe do another one for MY desk after Christmas is over…...
Well the platen arrived Wednesday and the pad for it arrived Friday so I was able to put ‘er together and she’s good to go. Waiting for the new on/off switch yet, that will arrive Tuesday but if I need to, I can use it. Had it running today to adjust the belt tracking, that was fairly easy. Put a 120 grit belt on for starters so we’ll see and I’ll go from there. I was going to post a before and after of the belt’s cast iron table to show the results of using T...
Hey Everyone! The left side of my kitchen is really beginning to look like a kitchen. I am gettiing very excited, because the next step we are taking tommoro, is putting my kitchen sink in….......YAY!!! I have three more cabinets to build. Two upper that go on each side of my stove, the third goes above my refridgerator. The two upper cabinets that go on each side of my stove are 60 inches long. They fit on the top of my countertops. My husband is installing granite tile for my c...
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