The cabinet is on the wall and hasn’t fallen off . It’s time to finish the door interiors and install them. I made racks for the chisels and found that by moving the interior door even with the edge of the box I had room for a rack to hang mallets. I then laid out my squares on the interior door and made hangers for them and installed the door. Before I can hang the door boxes I need to do something about storage for the #12 1/2 scraper. It won’t fit...
First thing to go in the interior is the plane till. I’m using 1/4” birch plywood supported by 3/4” fir plywood. The till supports will be glued and screwed in along with the upper shelf (this will give some added support to the back when mounting on the wall). Everything else will be screwed in so it is will be easy to modify or change. Laying out the planes. Supports glued in. Till in and separators installed Lower insert glued up and fit. This will provide...
Last spring I built a new 16’ x 24’ shop. This was a little smaller then my 2 car garage I had been working out of. I no longer had to push tools against the wall to get vehicles in and it had a full loft with a 6’6” ceiling. I could use the loft for finishing some projects, tool, hardware and lumber storage. For finishing, hardware and lumber storage it works very well. I found that having to climb stairs to get and store hand tools was becoming very time-consumi...
Our first day of spring came in like a lion. A cold lion at that. It snowed throughout the day and was quite windy and bitter outside. Not really a good day for the beach. March is like that around these parts. Every year since I have been here in Nova Scotia it seems we have felt the brunt of our winter weather during February and March. It is hard to believe that in a couple of short months it will be warm enough to be sitting on the beach. But it will come. (Eventually!) I certa...
Are you tired of seeing my little bunnies yet? I hope not. I spent the day yesterday painting and finishing the final version of my Summer Bunny ornaments. This set is geared for decorative painters. The ornaments are made of 1/8” Baltic birch plywood and are cut silhouettes. I then based them in bright pastels and applied some DecoArt Weathered Wood Crackle Medium and painted the faces of them with a light Ivory color. The crackling is subtle, and I am not sure how well you se...
OK this may be a really dumb question but here goes. Staining Baltic Birch Plywood. When you purchase it does it generally have some type of sealer on the surface. I just got finished cutting a fretwork clock out of baltic birch and staining it and it looks horrable. My only choice it to attempt to sand it and apply a different stain method. I generally get my wood from the local Rockler store but sometime purchase some from Lowes. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Sorry this is so longNow that all the electric is done, insulation, walls up and painted I can move onto the essentials. This will be two cabinets with six draws opposite each other and where you see the router lift will be a box set back about 16” I will put a box with a dust port on the back that will hook into the table saws dust port with a blast gate for when I use the saw as well as one for the router. In front of the router just under the top will be a 11” wide by 12...
Special announcement! This will be the last in this blog series! I have finished my Steampunk Telescope! Of course, that doesn’t mean I am finished tinkering with it. That is the thing about Amateur Telescope Makers, we are never really finished with a telescope. But for all intents and purposes I am. When I point it at a star, it is well balanced and stay where I point it. It does shake to much when I adjust it, and it settles down within 3 or four seconds. Not fantastic, but no...
Sharpening Chisels episode introduces two ways to sharpen chisels. ; With the help of Steve from Wood Working for Mere Mortals we explore these methods
We continue on with the build and get our dados sorted out.
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