An American Flag that was made about 5 years ago from the plans from the June 1991 issue of Wookbench.
I think the blog series will be in order from here forward. I haven’t had a lot of time to allocate to the workbench project lately, but was able to get the additional plane blades and sharpen and hone them. Much more pleasant to have a couple extras at hand and take nice shavings. It is such a great feeling to have a plane well tuned and work a piece of wood. visible above is a shot of the planing beam as I finished up one side. I have a combination square resting on it and got ...
This bookcase I build for each of my kids when they went to college. The first one about 10 years ago. The purpose was to have something that will be flexible in space, easy to move from place to place and sturdy enough to hold books, stereo or a TV, and to last a few years. The supports are made of 3/4” white oak from left over wood floors. The frames are a basic stile and rail construction using pocket holes . This one is 48” high and there are 4 panels joined to each other with hinges. Whe...
I am in the first stage of building my new workshop. This involves removing an old shed before I can start the new one.I will document this project from start to finish on this blog. It may take two years. I hope to seal the new building in by the fall and then work on the inside over the winter.Here goes This is the west side of the building I have to remove the steel siding yet This is the south side view. I have removed the steel siding. The posts you see sticking up through the snow...
This is a shelf I finished last month for my sister. The size accommodates a corner beside the patio door. I left the back and sides open for showing off her fancy scrapbooks. I screwed it to the wall through the top rail. It is all 3/4” solid mahogany from the home center. The shelves sit on adjustable pins. A 1” piece wraps three sides to give heft and cover the endgrain. I used glue at the front with splines at the rear for seasonal movement. The rail...
For some two years, I carried a rough outline of a case for my wife’s piano books in the back of my mind. Having been scared away by AutoCad’s threat to my credit card balance, and then frustrated with TurboCad’s coming-through-the-back-door work method, I decided to bite the bullet and try Sketchup. Otherwise, I’m back to my old CrayolaCAD. Well, Sketchup was a little tricky at first, but I managed to fudge a little here and bump a little there, and finally with one cathartic brain fart, ...
I found myself in the midst of a woodworking catch-22 today, at least for a while, until a low level epiphany saved the day for me. I’m pretty new here and haven’t tried blogging yet so this gives me a good excuse to try it out. First, I’ll give my favorite definition of a catch-22 situation – one that fits my experience today to a ‘T’. “A catch-22 is a situation wherein the solution to a problem is impossible given the very nature of the problem.” Allow me to give you a little background ...
I was asked how do I do it. This is my answer. Be very careful extrem danger of kickback!!! That is the start. We can continue next time. When somebody will be interesting. Thanks for watching this blog entry.
I’m very new to Sketchup and I’ve had more trouble than most learning how to do anything useful with it. Just in the last two days I made major progress. I’ll probably do a separate forum or blog post to discuss my trials and tribulations with SketchUp. For the project, I wanted something light and airy. I think this bookcase has the lightness I wanted yet sturdy. The weight of the bookcase rests on a base so that there is no weight on the curved ends of the side rail...
And here is the first set. —Please note the boy added for scale— Among the lessons leaned: The way the grain goes is more important than maximizing the wood. The camel’s leg broke but glued together well, would not have broke had I cut it right. Axel holes in the center of the leg don’t leave enough room for hooks and eyes. Use smaller hooks and eyes Now on to the next something.
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