So I had to wait another day after re glueing my palm box back together. After I got the clamps and tape off, this is what I was faced with. I don’t like sanding glue. Ok, one step back, now two steps forward. After Re sanding the lid, several times, I have everything attached and working again. There is still a hair line fracture visible after the clean up. The lid is working much better. It even stops halfway back instead of flopping all the way open. I...
OK, I am at the frustration times 10 level. It seems like for the past six months of so NO ONE wants to purchase anything from me. When I started, about five years ago, it seemed that I was getting an order or two per week. Now it seems that I have to wait for the fall craft shows and hope I find a few good ones. I have looked and the list of items I make and gone over it LOTS of times. I keep changing too much depending on how the wind is blowing. I have really settled on three of four ty...
I’m making a new fence for my table saw in the Biesemeyer style to improve the performance of my machine.If you have seen my previous project on how to improve a crappy table saw i already have a shop made fence on it butI’ve never been a hundred percent happy with the fence stop as its not something my fellow woodworker could replicate because it requires a specific part,so my new fence has a home made stop.
Well – I am trying to decide – which directions do I want to go next. Just can’t decide. First of all – where am I. 1. Currently in two craft malls and quite frankly – SALES SUCK! 2. Going to an Arts and Craft show this weekend and hoping for the best.3. Posting everything I make on Facebook and lots of lookers but very few sales.4. Thinking about ETSY but have not made the jump – just can’t decide. Second – what do I want to do.1. I want ...
One of my graduating students just finished up a mission style bookshelf. It’s 32” high, about 15” deep and about 15” wide. Put together with brads and screws. This picture’s from my woodshopcowboy blog. You can also follow along the design process there.
Finland is famous for woods and my mother in law has a small one 13.5 hectare and her brother has about 20 hectares. I was helping take some trees for fire wood and I noticed some brown dots in the birch. I know this does not make it the much fabled curly birch I would like to get for knife handles. But for free and saving it from the fire.Well it makes me feel happy and in 8 months time it could quite well be used for some handles.It is now split and off the floor and in the barn t...
Where to start? At the beginning I suppose. Well, not the very beginning as that would entail going all the way back to a rather dreary wet Tuesday afternoon (and it was, I’ve checked) in an equally dreary and dank tenement building in Glasgow in 1968. For you dear reader I think perhaps that that may be a little too far and not very interesting and it would also be definitely far off the mark, as far as the subject of this tome to come is concerned, as could be. So, I guess I will begin s...
All the drawers have been cut, dovetailed, and glued. I struggled a bit with the dovetails. I used a dovetailing jig and started with an older router that I have. I finished a couple of drawers and then my router bit started moving from the center of the bushing to the edge. I had to scrap the drawer sides from one of the smaller drawers. Luckily, I didn’t screw-up on the walnut front. The particular router (1.5 hp Ryobi with plastic threaded height adjustment) that I started with doesn...
Three nice coats of Watco Danish oil applied to each piece, being extra careful not to get any on the parts to be glued. Not quite careful enough, because I did get a little oil on one tenon and slightly into two mortises. Hopefully, I ‘ll be able to clean it up well enough with some denatured alcohol and minimal sanding. Here are the two footboard posts, along with two cross pieces for the headboard. I apply the oil with #0000 steel wool, rubbing it in well, then wipe up th...
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