During my years in making things with wood I’ve been concerned with sanding. Almost anything we make from wood needs sanding to remove tools marks, to bring the wood to a high polish before applying finish, to make a carving smooth.I’m fortunate to have a CarveWright machine and I really like the work it does. I also have a Legacy Ornamental Mill and it does things for me I can’t do with hand tools.Oh yes, there are some highly skilled woodworkers who can make a tapered, spi...
Hello to everyone!I purchased a Dewalt dw618 router (2 1/4hp, both fixed and plunge bases) about three months ago….I have tried repeatedly to use them but to no great accomplishment.I simply cannot get the end result that I am looking for. I have used the new incra positioning jig and am unable to get a dovetail that is actually a dovetail!I have tried to do a miter joint and all that I end up with are splinters and tearouts.For the most part I am attempting this using red oak.The bits...
Well..I’ve gone off the deep end..again.. But most people would’nt think a thing of it.. I was on craigslist..again.. And came across a posting for a jointer and misc woodworking tools and machines..now most of you who have searched thru Craigslist know that there’s a ton of crap out there..lol.. Well on this particular post he was showing 2 Rockwell jointers.. An 8” and a 6” commercial.. Nice ones too.. So when I read that they had other machines.I inquired if t...
I glued up the blanks for the second reel this morning, hoping they would be ready to cut out this afternoon. They were. I used the first set as a router template, which worked pretty well. I also pushed everything through the planer to thin it down. The spool parts were a bit hefty for the frame. Then I made what are called Brooxes Hangups. They use friction to keep the camera rig attached to the kite string. Keep in mind this is 100 pound test, so it’s not exactly your stand...
This is the underside of a folding work table, made from extra plywood, scraps, and recycled lumber. All this extra lumber came from my noob mistakes, so I really want to make good use of them. It’s fastened to the wall by concrete nails, and held by a piano hinge (those things are surprisingly strong!). It has to be sturdy, rigid, but also light, so I used a stressed-skin design (or torsion box). The bottom skin wasn’t attached yet in this photo. No fancy joinery, just glue an...
I was going to cover over this window, I decided some extra natural light would be nice. Thanks again to Barb on taking most of these pictures.
Well, I have moved most of my tools from the garage to the workshop. So, I guess I am moved in. I have installed a lumber rack. I am assembling my new dust collector in the sound proofed closet. Then I need to build a plywood storage rack and two sets of cabinets for storage. One row of cabinets will be the surface for a compound miter saw. The other cabinets are the surface for the planer. Finally, I have to install ducting for the dust collection system.I am considering Norfab, 6” PV...
My garage has only a 7’ ceiling, so I pulled out the ceiling joists, & added 2 X 4s with 9” plywood gussets to the rafters to accommodate 9” R-30 insulation. I did this in my existing shop about 18 years ago. Doing this took out about 2” of sag in the old rafters.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I had a small bubble type skylight leftover from the other shop that I hadn’t used, so I installed it in this ceiling. For such a smal...
Awhile back I had to do some scroll sawing with the table tilted. I found it difficult to hold the workpiece and move it around on the tilt, so I started trying to figure a way where I could keep the table flat and still saw at an angle. That required that I would have to be able to tilt the whole saw. I also wanted a scrollsaw table that was easily adjustable in height. This feature was important because my grandkids use the scrollsaw too, and they are still a lot shorter than me. I don...
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