So today I decided to start blogging about my journey. Not so that anyone would actually read it, but mostly as a way for me to look back and see where I started, assuming I get some place with the whole thing. If you read this, you should know a few things about me first… One, I am a school counselor by trade, so I have NO formal training in anything with my hands. What I know about the mechanics of things honestly could be put in a children’s book written and illustrated b...
I started my Youtube channel series router 101 some time ago, and Ep.7 (of 8) is just out. The link for Episode 1, choosing a router can be found here: Please do take a look, comment and like, be sure to check out all the episodes, there are a lot of tips, tricks, and jig making episodes within the full series.
Unexpectedly, my Norton oil stones arrived today, a day earlier than estimated. So after completing the glue up on my drafting table I set about putting together a sharpening station so I can start the process of getting all of the blades in my shop acceptably sharp and ready for use. Here is a quick pic of the drafting table that will be mounted on a hinge on the wall when I expand my shop: I have decided to utilize the method demonstrated to me by Steve Branam (http://www.closegrai...
It all began in the beginning where most things begin; maybe everything does but I like to leave room for error since I am very prone to those. In the beginning were those men in my life who were for all practical purposes expert craftsmen whether it be wood working, machining or mechanics. As I grew up amidst these time honored tradesmen I developed an acute sense of disdain for those things which required forethought, patience and hard work to achieve. Growing up on a tobacco farm where the...
So there I was at home alone. The wife working late and the bug, the wood bug, hits and it hits hard. Chances are if you’re reading this you know what I’m talking about. The only real difference between me and you is I have little to no experience dealing with this burning excitement growing deep within me. Now I have taken some minor steps to prepare for such an itch. Things like buy a $20 off brand band saw from a friend and of course watch as many YouTube videos as I could manage. I mean h...
My daughter wrote this article for my website and I thought I would share it with you all! Written By: Bonnie Bartay Some of my favorite memories as a young kid are spending time with my dad in his workshop. From a very young age, I remember playing in his shop while he worked. As an adult, I have helped my father with his construction business and now with Chris Mobley Designs. I do all of the paperwork part and even draw out plans but he does the real magic. I have never actually done...
Hello again everyone I would like to ask another question on here since all the previous ones I have asked were answered and now I understand what I was doing wrong or what the case was. I am currently gathering materials needed to build a TableSaw Workstation that can be seen in the Shopnotes issue #89 The question for this series is what are some of your ways of cutting down large sheets of plywood or MDF and getting them squared up?? “Using a Benchtop size Table saw” I D...
So I went back to my local woodworking place where they make cabinet, built ins and such. Dug through there scrap pile and got a few more pieces of wood. The question here is quite a simple nobish type one. Though may not be able to be answered due to my poor 5 mp camera. I would like to know what this wood is in the pics below 1. 2. Possibly the same as above 3. Might be too small to actually tell on this one due to poor camera quality.These were the only ones that I cut and they...
Well to start I pulled 2 old hand planes outta pappy’s garage and thought I would bring em home and see what I could do with them. At first glance I was about ready to just leave em and go to lowes and buy one of there cheap ones they offer well only one they offer for like 20 bucks or something. But I didn’t instead I came home and decided to clean the one up a bit and the larger one wasn’t too awful bad. Your opinion may differ but this is what im working with at the momen...
After receiving a table saw for my birthday last week, I dove right into my first (non-birdhouse) project. It’s been a bit of a learning experience. Skills I think I’ve acquired: Cutting wood to equal sizes using a stop blockShaping wood, somewhat, using the table sawUsing my Kreg Jig Stuff I need to work on:Choosing lumberNailing! (Who woulda thought?) So basically, I’m building this little flip-top table based on these plans. It’s a simple enough project mad...
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