Hey Everybody! In this episode i am going to talk about how to mill lumber with only hand held power tools. This is an important part of woodworking because most boards aren’t jointed and parallel right out of the mill. Also i go through the steps of creating simple coat rack out of poplar so i can paint it. I hope that everyone enjoys the podcast! just a small correction. when i talk about the joinery for t...
Hi All, Have you ever needed an extra mitre gauge for your table saw, band saw, router table or disc sander and didn’t want to spend the bucks to buy one, well have I got good news for you. In part one of this two part video I’ll show you how to use a few simple metal working techniques (yes, that’s right, metal working techniques) to create a shop built mitre gauge that is extremely accurate and costs less than $10 to make. Part one of this video is dedicated to working with the ste...
So I’ve finally gotten the walls of the box flat. Well, mostly flat. They still wobble just a bit when I put them together, but I don’t want to plane these things down to wooden cards trying to get it just right. Plus, it’s not like I’m face-gluing them together. When they’re joined together as a box, I think the variance will be negligible. Two of the walls were 1/32” thinner (on average) than the other two, so those were the ones I cut down for the sh...
I thought that I would take a little time to show how we went about the construction of the hall table. This project is currently in the final stages but I can backtrack a little for the sake of discussion. Check back a little later and I will update with some pictures. We started the table off at the lumber store. (almost my favorite place to be) We spent a good deal of time trying to decide what wood that we wanted to use and finally settled on Mahogany. We had some concern about the col...
It’s been a while since my last blog. I’ve just been building kitchens and the contractor has been finishing and installing. This one I got to do the finish and install work on. So I got Pictures!I figure since the construction industry is busting it is just the right time for a business man like me to jump in with both feet. I really didn’t like the boom so hopefully people will be a little better to work with in a bust cycle. I was doing great before the boom, then everyon...
I think I have all the preliminaries taken care of. Got the profile done, the email preferences set, a couple of projects listed and now I’m in and ready to start being humbled. Seriously, there are a bunch of outstanding looking projects here. I’m confident I can gain knowledge and ideas from this site. I look forward to future exchanges and comments.
It’s been 198 days since my last post here. I’ve been pumping out entries on my other two weblogs, but I’ve been doing precious little woodworking, whence the lack of updates here. I picked up a consulting gig that let us move faster than we expected on buying a house (in Northern California, gulp), so we’ve gone from tools stored in a closet and moved out into the living room to having a small one car garage in which to set up a shop, and a whole house worth of coo...
Welcome to another installment of the Chess Corner! Today’s topic is turning rooks or aka castles.The large looking one on the left was a first try out of some sort of mahogany pallet scrap and after turning it round realized how open-grained it was, not a desirable trait when wanting to work with small details. So I found a more close-grained wood such as maple that I laminated out of offcuts from a local cabinet shop. This one “turned” out pretty good, pun intended! The la...
A conversation with MsDebbie on my last blog entry got me to thinking about why I’m here. Why do I want so badly to build fine furniture that will last for generations? Why do I want to use tools that are 60+ years old when I could get shiney new stuff instead? It’s simple. Just one word really. Rebellion. I, my fellow LumberJocks, am a rebel. I’m rebelling against the current thoughts that pressboard furniture and $1.99 hand tools are just fine. I’m rebellin...
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