I am stuck in a situation and needing a little advice. My oldest daughter is a member of a group at her High School that does things for the community & environment. She hit me up asking if I could make her a bat house to display at a conference they are going to soon. I looked around and came up with a design I though was neet and commenced to working on it (actually started yesterday). Well my situation is the name, logo, and best way to go about it. She attends Arkansas High here in...
Here is the plane back to life after a good bath in Evapo-rust, a good buffing, a blade sharpening and wipe-on poly on the handle. I did some test in maple, walnut and pine. The first stroke in walnut put a large smile in my face. In the last pic you can see my little helper….look at that smile. It is because i told him that some day those tools are gonne be his. Take a look at part #1 to see pics of the tool box and some of my tools.
I just thought you might be interested in seeing the inspiring little plaque I have hanging inside on my workshop door. ““ Here’s the translation with a small change to personalize it: ”Theory is when one knows everything, but nothing comes out right”. ”Experience is when everything comes out right, but no one knows why”. ”In Mike’s shop theory and practice are united. Nothing comes out right and nobody knows why”.
A quick pre-show interview with Neil Lamens of Furnitology Productions. Neil will be one of many great woodworkers at the 60th New England Home Show this February in Boson. If you are a Boston local, be sure to stop by The Major League Woodworking booth hosted by Thomas MacDonald and visit with some of your favorite woodworkers!
Hey All,The wife has expressed an interest in a bench seat to match our kitchen table. I would like to match the wood if possible. Not really sure what it is though. It’s fairly light in color, and seems to be pretty open grained. The end-grain looks alot like oak. Anyway, check out the pics and see if it looks familiar.Thanks,Joe
I’ve been weighing plywood floor as an option for the main floor of my home (and possibly the second floor and even attic when I finish it). And I was even more inspired by AllorNoThumbs project here: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/27373 The first problem I run into is that I have just over 1000 square foot per floor. I’m not sure I can handle ripping 35 pieces of plywood and running over 200 pieces through the tongue and groove process. Let’s not forget finishing 100...
I’ve been telling my girlfriend I would make her a blanket chest for quite a while. Now that I have a tablesaw I figured there was no time like the present to get the project started. I have owned a copy of “The New Yankee Workshop” book for a really long time so I thought I would make the blanket chest from that book. It’s simple, has joinery that isn’t too complicated, and presents what I think is a good first project to learn how to set up and use my saw. ...
This morning I attended the Woodworking Show in Atlanta, and it was very exciting to say the least. Everyone there seemed to be a master in their craft, showing love for one another based on their creative, yet practical common ground. There was so much to learn there, from the rustic elegance of Veritas Tools to the electronic precision of SawStop. Through the smell of saw dust and the hum of the vendors’ PA systems, I found inspiration. Recently I have been gathering the components...
Ok, spent last night and this morning tuning the saw. The nice thing about this saw is that everything I can think of that might need adjusting is fairly easily adjusted. I followed the instructions on Rikon’s site and was able to adjust the lower wheel so the blade now runs on the center of the tire. This involved loosening and tightening the bolts that hold in the prescribed fashion. I over compensated a little bit on the first try but hit it dead on the second. I was able t...
In our last episode…the desk unit came together nicely. Now for the dresser unit… The dresser unit, like the desk unit has to be built in “mirror image” from it’s design from the first bed. The dresser features three drawers that are 28”Wx7”Hx22”D. I’m putting full-extension drawer slides on the drawers, to give easy access all the way to the back of the drawers. A feature of the dresser that I really like in this design is th...
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