So ever since I got bitten by the woodworking bug, the wife has been tolerant but hardly supportive. I can understand that, since I’ve mostly been spending money on tools, and spending time in the garage. So I was pleasantly surprised today when she agreed to let me use my minimal woodworking skills to makeover our home office, something we’ve been thinking about for a long time. Originally, we were planning on simply getting a desk and storage system from Ikea (I know, I k...
I was asked a while ago if I could make a set of plans for the Mission Bed in this series. It took a while but I have finished it, and am making it available free of charge to anyone who would like it. Just click the link below and it will download to your computer. It’s 47 megs in size, so depending on your connection it might take a little while.Thanks for your time,-d Here’s the link: Link to Missions Bed Drawing Package Here are some samples of the package: ...
We are nearing the end of our journey, but we’re not home yet. Assembly of the blank, while not difficult, has at least one critical step. Here are the parts laid out for assembly: From Red Acetate Pen A pen press can help oreint the parts so they press together squarely, ensuring all interfaces are seamless. Here, the point is pressed into the lower blank. From Red Acetate Pen The most important step of the whole process happens here. The transmission advances the ball of t...
When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone.Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for; and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, “See! This our father did for us.” – John Ruskin
Last we left our intrepid turner, he had completed the major shaping operations. The skew leaves a decent finish, and one can generally move to a relatively fine abrasive such as P240 grit as shown here. From Red Acetate Pen To ensure a near perfect surface, it’s critically important to move through the grits of abrasive without missing any grits. Be certain that all the scratches from the previous grit have been removed before moving on, and wipe the pen after each grit to remove...
The scary router table plate has been successfully drilled and connected to the router. Upon completion of this crucial step, there was a brief period of dancing. This of course was followed by 3 minutes of cheering from the imaginary crowd, and when the aforementioned crowd demanded a curtain call, I happily obliged. Historically, when I have approached the end of a task, the last 10% seems to be a dreadful pain to complete. I can’t say if I have reached the 90% complete mark, but ...
Alaska Jim's Comments of the Day #21: Quick and Dirty Mod for my Cheapo Router Table.........but not quick and dirty enuf......
Spent a lot of time yesterday and today, just making my old cheapo router table that I bought long ago, Vermont American, fit my new router. It fit it fine, except, the only way to get the motor in and out was to remove the table from the base, the legs were not high enuf. I could change bits above the table, adjust the height of the bit from above the table, things I never expected when I bought this emergency rotor replacement, although I did a lot of research in a couple hours deciding whi...
Today we went to Springfield to get a new Grizzly 14” ultimate bandsaw. I have to say that the Grizzly showroom is basically like Disneyland for us Lumberjocks. Everywhere you look its like “OOH I want to try that” or “Hey I could use that for project x”. I know that this is just a personal taste thing but I thought the best thing I saw was the face frame clamp table from kreg. its a huge table with pnuematic clamps that are on a sliding bar. Of course to use thi...
Not a big fan of garage sales, but my wife is, so in an effort to not discourage her from going she will call me if she sees any tools (I think she is doing reverse psychology, it works), most of the stuff she finds is junky, but today she asked if I needed a hand sander, I always ask for her to send me a pic. This is what she sent It was pretty ruff looking when I went to look at it, no batteries or charger. Caked with stuff, looked like drywall dust and over spray, the shroud looked ...
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