This weekend provided to be very busy. I aimed my goals towards finishing the router table top, and with rain in the forecast, it would be a good weekend to tackle this project. However, things needed to be completed first. I needed to tear down many boxes in the shop which were becoming obstacles to productivity, and then take them to the recycling center. With a baby on the way, my wife is in her nesting stage and needed shelves hung, but I was out of wall anchors. And ever important, I nee...
I’m sitting in a hotel room this evening on a week long business trip to Houston. I’ve been looking around on the web quite a bit and see lots of information on this topic available. Matt is doing a good job of covering planes in his podcast, etc. I’m thinking of just showing the finished results of the restoration of the different bench planes in the project section and moving on to other topics. Any thoughts or feedback? Anyway, have a good week, have fun and be pro...
How many out there are interested in what happens to the tree prior to the wood turning up at your local hardwood retailer??? Such as: - techniques/videos for cutting down a tree (watching a 300 year old white oak tree that stands about 100 ft with a 6 ft diameter trunk fall is a pretty amazing experience) - Selecting a piece of lumber out of a freshly dropped tree (think Nakashima) - Milling the wood and definition of the cuts (quartersawn, halfsawn, etc.) - Drying the lumber ...
... the “table” has sat on my workbench for over a week now, untouched. “Why”, you ask? Well, it’s my legs. That’s it. One little thing. Well, four, actually—four little things.. Well, the “little” isn’t accurate either. If it /they were “little” I wouldn’t be stuck. It’s the tallness factor that has put a roadblock in my way. I don’t have any appropriate wood that is over 12” in length. That wo...
What to write about?? I went out of town this weekend (trip to Richmond, VA) so not much went on as far as wood working. I did try to convince my mother that the sofa table I promised her I would build should be in the Arts and Crafts style, so I could enter it into the contest here (is a sofa table able to be entered or does it have to be an end table?). She is supposed to get back to me so I may end up trying to build too tables at the same time, a simple one for her and a more complex...
So this past weekend I was actually able to get into the shop for a bit and do something fun! I recently picked up a Stanley #60 1/2 Low Angle Block Plane and I wanted to get it tuned up for some work. This block plane is going to be a great user plane, but it really isn’t much in the way of being “collectible”. It has the blue japanning, which I was a little hesitant about when making the purchase because I know most Stanley planes went through a quality decline wh...
I sold a friend an Ibanez 6-String Electric Guitar a couple of months ago, and he called me and told me that the plywood body had two cracks in it. I told him to bring me the body and i would make him a new one. Today before i got to spraying the coffee Table he stopped by. We discussed the body and a new venture was born. MONK Guitar Company. My first one will be the body of this Ibanez P.O.S. I see five templates when I get back to the shop next week. I also have some White Ash that I wa...
Make sure your video is tiny (a couple megs). Upload to YouTube Wait….. Wait…. Wait… for it to process and appear on the site Copy the text for an embedded video from the page Paste it verbatim into your blog Here is my first attempt. The controversial Quattromat in action. So post some video people. (I encourage you).
Ok, we all know that we are all grumpy old men and women that hate being talked to or talking while we work. But what do we listen to? I notice radios in many of the “Workshop” pics. What’s usually on? I know my only limit is I don’t like music on with words in it, personally I find it distracting. Obviuosly the same goes for talk shows. Sometines it depends on the task at hand though I guess. How about the rest of you? Do you find silence “deafening?” O...
Some of you were interested in how I built my workbench. Here are a few more details. The TopThe top is 1 3/4” x 24” x 60” prelaminated maple. Super cured infrared style. From woodcraft. $200 The LegsHere you see the legs. They are made from 4×4 home depot material fir. I passed them trough the planer for a crisp look. They are biscuited with #20’s. In this pic. Witness me drilling out for the lag bolts and screws.The short one is setup material.Here I brea...
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