Sometime last year I was approached by a client who wanted a very unusual staircase for a new house he was having built. It had to consist of a single beam with the treads straddling the beam. To make matters interesting, the beam had to have the shape of a compound bow when seen in plan view. To make matters even more interesting the beam also had to have concave sides when seen in section, wide at the top, narrow at the bottom.No structural plans were available and the architect had only pr...
I have finally finished a couple of items I got at an auction Sale. SLICK EH ! The first one is a 4inch slick, it was decent but I needed to slowly remove rust pits.The second and third ones are 2 inch, same issues.All three came with NO handles. I turned these out on my wood lathe. Photo of my large wood mallet (Look out Archie)The tree slicks, the 2 mallets were all in the 1 box that bid on.Total auction price $15
I am trying to work out of a 1 car garage and trailer. I came up with a portable lean on the side of rented shed.This lean-to:It is built on 3 4×4 skids and 1 inch treated deck flooring. IT is 12 feet long x 5 feet wide and 6ft tall on short side.I have shelving inside to store pieces I use. I have ordered metal for the roof. It is not here yet . !
There are a lot of photos posted in LumberJocks that are barely passable for letting everyone see what you want everyone to see. I use Irfanview as my default photo editor. It is not Photoshop by any stretch, but with Irfanview (a free program) I can improve a dark picture in 10 seconds or less. I tested this last week by improving a project photo where I couldn’t see much detail and I emailed it to the LumberJock member that posted it. He agreed it was an improvement and replaced ...
First things first: I’m writing about something I did … I’m not saying you should do it. Use your own judgment and common sense! Read your manuals. If something seems dangerous, don’t do it. I’m no expert … not by a long shot, so don’t trust me over what your granddad told you or over what the little voice in your head tells you about keeping track of your digits and limbs. I welcome all supportive advice, feedback, and questions. Recently I bought...
OK, I figured out how I’m going to be making the 3-trim-based soap dishes. I decided to cut off half the grooves. I kept the side that had 4-evenly spaced half-round grooves to it. I very carefully stood the trim pieces on end and ripped half of it off at a time on the tablesaw. I basically had the blade raised about 2” above the table, cutting half the grooves off at a time, running each board through twice (if that makes sense). This reduced the thickness of each trim piec...
the worktable is nearly finished, at this stage i recieved some welcomed help from my girlfriend who has finished her exams. what is left to do is finish the eletrical wiring, finish the filter for the downdraft and organise the drawers and shelves. here you can see the current state: the top is finished with a beech edge, and 12mm mdf on top, applied 2 coats of BLO, and then 2 coats of BLO/poly mixture. it feels smooth, but still woodlike. i could have gone for melamine, but i prefer ...
Here is a new weekly series of quick tips for the beginer woodworker. If you already know the tip or others to come….good for you. You are free to dance now. :-)
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #24: Finished 3 Frames, Wrote Some Instructions, and Made Some Pizza :P
Yesterday turned out to be one of those days where the clock must have been spinning double-time. It seemed I got an early enough start, but before long the sun was setting and it was over. It is amazing how some days do that. It just seems that time is not always my friend. Besides the normal Saturday ‘chores’ of cleaning the cat box, kitchen and bathroom and doing some food shopping, I had the most intense craving for Chicago-style pizza. Now Nova Scotia has some of the be...
Today was Christmas. The hardware arrived. Including Blum “Blumotion” drawer slides and Blum Euro hinges. Also vents for the electronics and shelf pins. The Middle Shelf I made a quick jig for drilling the shelf pin holes. The middle shelf in place: The 5th leg I decided to add a fifth leg in the back to support the weight of a large TV added to the already massive 6-foot long cabinet. It will not be attached to the floating back panel. Th...
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