I finally got the pictures uploaded to photobucket, so here goes: The legs showing the biscuits, just before glue up. Here I am leveling the two MDF pieces on saw horses prior to glue up. Shims between the saw horses and MDF at appropriate points brought the low points up to make a dead flat surface, at least according to my cheap aluminum extrusion straight edge! (I just noticed that the shadows from the flash make it look like there is a gap at the right end of the straight ed...
Here is the finished glue-up. Everything went well with a good result. There are other things that have to be done to save this box. The rough gap below and along the the length of the hinge on the right side has to be repaired. I will have to glue in a thin strip. The inside where the hinge is mounted isn’t as good as I would like. This is due to my hinge being a little out of round. I can live with it though, and if I make the box nice enough inside the eye will be drawn to the pos...
My new scrap cutoffs shelves are handy for odds and ends, too, like the little roll of brown paper that’s always in my way, rolled-up foam sheeting, some jointed and planed 2×2s I use as straight bars during panel glue-ups, and a few sets of rails for my router bridge setup. You know… all the narrower stuff under 2’ long. I also finally emptied the two boxes of exotic turning blanks (on sale still!) that I got quite a long time ago. It’s very easy to forget...
After not having any time to “make noise” in the shop lately, I finally sneaked in a few minutes to test out my new circular saw and break down some sheet goods for my new bench. The big result is that my bench top is finally starting to come together. The top will be a 1.5” thick MDF 2’ X 8’ sheet (two 3/4” pieces glued up) with a laminate counter placed over that. I am using the counter top by itself as a bench top now, and I absolutely love working on...
In this episode I glue up the shoe rack. Then I used mineral spirits to clean up any dust or glue squeeze out.
The DVD ‘Chip Carving’, with Wayne Barton, starts out with some Bavarian folk music as Wayne narrates about chip carving. Ok, I am not exactly sure about the music, but it is not terribly modern. It is pretty cheesy. I can’t say for sure, but I would guess it was cheesy in 1986 too. Despite the rather simple production quality, I think this is going to be a good video. The tools required are a carving knife and a stabbing knife. I have only a carving, so stabbing will have to wait...
Just some finishing touches before the big installation. The back of the panel gets some flat black paint. We stripped the old fence and ran the boards through the planer before applying a coat of oil. I used the same oil on the gate before final assembly then sprayed a couple coats of lacquer. I thought I’d make use of a new shop cabinet I built which will store all my finishing supplies. And oh yeah, last weekend I cut the weeds.
All the pieces are rough cut to length for the top now. I’m seriously thinking that it is going to be too wide. My original plan was for 30” but now that I see it, it looks awfully big. I think I may just start gluing up, and stop when I think it looks good. I can adjust the base to the correct dimensions after the top is finished. And a first for me: I flattened a face, and squared an edge to it! I’m so excited! I squealed like a little girl when the try square ca...
Ok, got some more shop time and finished the left upper cabinet portion… next dilemma, what to do above the door. Originally, I was going to put another case/shelf, but I’m not so sure now. Wife mentioned possible doing an archway… Any ideas out there? As you can see, family is putting it to use, even though it isn’t finished. Still a ways to go I only had more time. ;) Thanks for looking!
I just bought a used mitre saw (Delta 10” 36-075). Apparently it’s been sitting around for a while. When the blade arm goes up and down, it sounds like an old squeaky, creaky door. Also, when changing the mitre angle, it very, very hard to move. Any ideas on how to rememdy these? Thanks
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