A while back, my Son and and his fiance’ commissioned a “Treasure Box” to hold the best wishes of the people attending their upcoming wedding and receptions (yes 2, 1 in the Seattle area where she is from and 1 in So Cal where He is from, small wedding ceremony to be held in San Francisco) That is the why, now for the what. I’m using Plum wood. Why Plum? It’s what I have on hand. I harvested and processed what I could of a tree 2 years ago. Tree died of na...
The 8th video in a series about building a Allan Little designed work table with a multifunctional top. In this video, I laminate and drill the holes in the top. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BErFepHO9C4&list=UUd5zJvEvBsWALUYaChpNX8Q&feature=share
"adirondack chair making" #1: my first adirondack chair was made in 1995, now two decades later, I am still at it
when I was a freshman in high school (1995), I won the end of the year award for woodshop when I produced an Adirondack Chair. Now 2014, I am still at it. I only get better and better at them. Now I am giving them some Texas, southwestern, rustic flare with a cut-out the shape of the state. I now make Adirondack chairs on a weekly basis mostly for therapy. But I sell them too. In post(s) to follow I will explain more about Adirondack chair making.
To cut the compound angles on the cedar 4 by 12’s I made this jig which is more of a rolling trolly.I used bed frame steel angle, and inline skate wheels. Got from Goodwill store at low cost.I cut 10 off, 7 degree wedges off the end of a one foot wide ply off-cut using my sliding miter saw. Using screws to secure the wedges while I played around with the general arrangement, at first I thought I would need two trolleys but then I realized that I could use one trolley if I centered t...
Last week I picked up a new Grizzly G0555LANV Band Saw. This was the result of a lot of consideration, but I finally pulled the trigger. Getting the thing home and set up was the next challenge. The saw was packed in two boxes, one weighing 40+ pounds, the other 206. I’m not the guy I once was; I have arthritis and a couple herniated disks in my lower spine. A 206 pound dead lift is not going to happen. To plan ahead I threw together a sled – two 2X4s and a piece of OSB. The Gr...
Watch a cheap woodworker repair his grain shovel’s handle rather than buy a new one!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUdZCRm3aXA&list=UUd5zJvEvBsWALUYaChpNX8Q&feature=share
The hard maple table displayed in my projects needs chairs. We have a small house and a small dining room. The chairs must slide mostly under the table out of the way. Another LJ displayed his low back chair and the idea was born! I bought Charles Brocks plans and video. I chose hard maple to match the table. Sure it’s hard. But once you’re grinding with carbide tools and sanding to sculpt it doesn’t matter much. I’m keeping track of my hours because I...
I make a small narrow hand held sanding block form a plan in the most recent Woodsmith. Check it out. http://youtu.be/Uo6-JWj-L7E
The first in a new weekly series of short woodworking tips features how to coil a band saw blade back up and get it in the box. Watch it here, and enjoy! Then come back and leave a comment so we know what you think! (Friend us on facebook, follow us on Twitter, and visit the Stumpy Store to help support the show!)
Ten or twelve years ago, living in a tiny basement apartment with my then infant son, I bought my first power tool. The cheapest band saw they had down at the home improvement store. A “Tool Shop” bench top model. At $85 it was a major purchase for me, and to date the most I’ve ever spent on a single tool, at least all at once. My reasoning was that a band saw was versatile, compact, and relatively quiet. For the next decade the little saw that could served me admirably,...
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