Setting up a workshop on a budget. I have been working in wood since my early twenties. Owned and operated a five man custom cabinet shop, setup a toy company, and just made gifts for Christmas presents over those years. Some of my shops have been operated in small as a space as 8’x12’ in a space on a warehouse floor, to an industrial size of 3,000 sq ft in a private owned building with a storefront.Enough about that, my latest shop is setup not too mass produce or create a company but j...
Hi my fellow crafters.I am going to be doing a series every week (as time allows) on how to setup a workshop, what tools to buy to get started, some tips on what is the “best way to do this or that”, ideas on how to improve your tools and get the most out of them. I plan to share what I have been learning over these last twenty years doing toys, custom cabinets, libraries bookcases, and other things I have learned by the school of hard knocks. Please check back each week to see ...
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I wanted to finally do a review of my bandsaw, so I asked the gang here what sort of things should I be testing? After receiving the replies I set out to see what my band saw would do. No so fast there! When I know the saw is capable of re-sawing a 2×4, but when I tried raising the blade guard to do just that, it topped out at about 3 1/4. I knew this was not right. After a few minutes I identified the problem. The upper blade guide assembly was too far forward and was hitting t...
I’ve been thinking that I’d like to post a review of my Skil benchtop bandsaw. The thing is, I don’t use it all that much and I’d hate to misrepresent the tool one way or the other based on my moderate use of it. So what sort of ‘tests’ should I put the saw through to see how it performs? I also don’t have a lot of experience on the saw and don’t want that to color my review.
Just thought I’d share the love over here! I’m running a giveaway for a GRR-RIPPER GR100. The giveaway is restricted to US and Canada. You can enter on my blog at http://wp.me/p4ME6k-lV or on my facebook page at http://is.gd/L8Nw8n Good luck y’all!
Three thin pieces make up the lamination of one arm and are glued on a form. The form is made of scrap plywood and cut according to the dimensions in the plans. Each piece is slathered in glue and then bent around the form and clamped into place. After drying, the clamps are removed. One edge is trued up and flattened with a jack plane and then the curve laid out on the opposite side and cut on the bandsaw. More sanding and shaping need to be done as well as the mortises for the tenons on the...
As promised here is the latest design created this week. Look back each week to see what I will create next.This was drawn up in the morning,cutout, sanded and assembled that evening. The tail was taken from the Dragon’s tail or hinge design. I used google images of the real stegosaurs for my hand drawing. My wife is helping me to promote the Etsy storefront.Thanks to Tim and those who commented on my photos I am now using this dollar tree foam light box we made.I know this ...
A False Start When I went to the lumber store to buy the 5/4 wood for the top and base I made the mistake of not bringing the plans or dimensions. I ended up making my best guess. When I got home and laid everything out I realized that had bought only enough that I had no margin for error. The base is 3” high and I had so little wood that I needed to be able to get all four parts of the base from a single board. My widest board was only about 6 1/4” wide. I hoped that after ...
This is my half size prototype made entirely out of pallet wood (besides hardware).Finish is home made chalk paint with a wax finish (shabby chic) – the finish doesn’t photo very well but I am very happy with it, it came out the best I have been able to achieve so far. This size is perfect for DVDs etc. (I did a more thorough write up but the text disappear after I uploaded the pictures for some reason).
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