Once I have the 3 lamination blanks cut to width I thickness sand the strips to reach the final dimension. I have tried using my planer, but when the strips get this thin it is easy to end up with damage. I set my ShopSmith up as a disc sander and use a thicknessing jig. I first showed the use of this in a previous blog. There was some interest in a more detailed description so here it is. Here is the setup. Basically it is a 3 1/2 inch tall bullnosed block clamped to the fence. The...
So for several years I have worked out of my grandfathers old shop and partially out of my garage. Well, about 8 months ago, my wife and I moved to a house with a three car garage and I finally had the space to make a dedicated shop area. Some of you are probably wondering…”you moved there 8 months ago and your shops not set up yet????”...and your right, it should have been done by now. No excuses, but it’s amazing how things pile up. So, with out further delay I...
Well I was anxious to start the day priming today. I went out to see where I left off and to my surprise EVERYTHING needed sanding. I thought I did a lot of that and was almost done with it. If I had to guess I was thinking I was done with it because I confused it with a job at work or something. To top it off I must have put the crap face in on a few of the pieces. It looked better at the time, but upon closer review the fibers are raised and torn. To remind you all I’m not usual...
So, I figured I’d try something new, and was working on something involving sketchup. While playing around, I came up with this obscene piece which has various dovetails of different angles, spacings, sizes, and all (even has 1 box joint extrusion which is a dovetail at 0 degree angles), Dovetails Galore: This is really more of a test piece/art than anything useful for woodworking, but the challenge is this – how fast can you model this in SU?
I just bought the February issue of Western Horseman and guess who’s picture was on page 51? Our old saddle Pal Thos. Angle. Riding shotgun over, not only a herd of cattle, but a herd of greenhorns according to the story. I think having to take care of cows and greenhorns has gotten to Thos. as he told me he is retiring to JV with Carleen. He said he’s tired of the heap of horse “nure” being spread on that big ranch and riding herd over the greenhorns and fake cowboys....
and says a friend has some cabinets that she needs to get rid of before she moves. 2 snowstorms later we are finally able to go pick them up. They were built by somebody they work with and built very sturdy. With some help I was able to load them both onto my truck and get them home. The problem was once they got home. After an attempt to get on of them upstairs to the sewing room. It was decided they were to large. So to the workshop for some tools. After about an hour or so. A...
I’ve started the first official project for Upper Cut, check it out here. Yesterday I went into Seattle after lunch and picked up the materials at Crosscut Hardwoods. The guys there are helpful, and they did most of the labor when picking out the materials, loading them into my trolley and pushing that around, and loading them into my truck. When I got home I was on my own though, and I had a lot of heavy sheet goods to move into the garage myself. This morning before everyone wok...
I’m pretty sure im going to build a blanket chest for my wife for our second anniversary (holds the cotton!). I’m still in the design phase, and got this far with Sketchup. I have not filled in all the joinery, and dont plan to since there’s no need: The carcass will be assembled with loose tenons, so all parts will be milled to dimension and the joinery will follow easily enough. The top will be breadboarded. Most tenons will be doweled more for accent than strength....
This weekend I installed the bead boards on back of cabinet. I used 4” wide wainscoating boards 1/4” thick that I had left from a couple of other projects. This is maybe a better shot. Then I made and attached the base of the cabinet. After drying time removed clamps and placed right side up. I cut over sized boards and guled up panels for doors, also cut rails and stiles for said doors. Set them aside. I’ll plane them to 1/2” thick and cut to size tomor...
A tip I submitted for improving the operation of metal dust gates was published in Popular Woodworking a year or so ago. They have given me permission to post this tip for the benefit of those who might not have seen it before. This tip allows you to avoid having to use two hands to position and secure a standard metal dust gate. The concept is to hold the gate in any desired position with rare earth magnets rather than with the small screw included with the gate. There are two ways t...
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