I’m wondering if any Lumberjocks are headed to the Reading, PA woodworking show this weekend? I’ll be exhibiting and doing my handcut dovetail demo and selling my new DVD. If you’re headed to the show, let me and please stop by the booth an introduce yourself. It’s always great fun to meet fellow lumberjocks!
The decision to go RouboAfter my initial research, I like many woodworkers, fell in love with the roubo. My old benches were designed to be portable or were made from old desks. They never stood still. Planning, even chiselling would cause them to move about. There’s something rather solid about having 5”x5” legs. SizeOriginally, I thought I could do most of my work on a 3’x3’ bench. All my heavy chopping/sawing on a solid base and use work horses to support l...
So ya I made the head rest a while ago, and now i’m finally attaching it, holes are drilled mouth head rest kerf the top, draw radius, cut radius ( top and bottom ), shape bottom, attach in place add large round over to top. I’ve cleaned up the joints to near perfection! (-: at least by my standards maybe not Hals but i’ll do even better on my next chair which will be out of walnut I think maybe cherry but i’d rather do one out of walnut. The way the legs are ...
I have been doing some work over the past few days since my last up date. In this series it just shows me doing the glue up on the rear legs, and shows off the now shaped front legs. I made some 6 degree wedges for the sides and some square blocks for the rear as per Hals instructions, he even has a special way of making the blocks. It’s funny cause I’ve read his book so much, and watched the video over and over it feels like I know the guy but really I’ve never even s...
someone asked what does PGBCCA after my name mean PG= Prince GeorgeBC= British ColumbiaCA= CAnada
This morning I took my brother to work and after dropping him off I left reletively quickly. My co-worker (my brother works with me) was there working some overtime and was helping the finisher. He is also a very good friend, and is the same friend I made the Topamax Challenge box for. Anyhow, I drove away and got a call as I hit the first light. “Keith you have to turn around and come back her, I have something for you” he said. So I drove around the block and came back. As...
After finishing the saw rehab, it was back to completing the chair. My wife was away for the weekend on an all out scrapbooking extravaganza. So that left me some time to work into the wee hours of the night to complete the chair set slats. First, I cut and fine tuned spacers used to make certain the spces bewteen the slats are identical. I could have tried to do this by eye, or some other inexact technique, but to me the spacing between the slats is a critical element. Hey, it’s my cha...
I’ve been woodworking for about 5 years now. My workspace has been in my uninsulated and unfinished, attached garage. I originally thought that I’d make smaller projects so I could park both cars in the garage and pull them out when it was time to work. To accomplish this, I just made 2 benches from 3/4 mdf. the benches were 30” x 8’ and 36” x 4’. They weren’t very stable and they cluttered up quickly with benchtop tools and my current projects. ...
OK folks,here is my video for the Rockler Bench Cookies challenge. Hope you like it! No animals were hurt in the making of this film.
A few years ago, I like so many others, caught a little thing called “The Handtool Bug”. It is an insidious affliction causing one to examine their shop essentials and workflow, and to open one’s wallet far too frequently. I thought a I had a grasp on things until I read Christopher Schwartz’s book, “Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use”. It was then that I realized how woefully inadequate my bench was for hand tool work. Afte...
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