Some of you may be familiar with the blog, Tom’s Workbench by Tom Lovino. He recently declared this the Get Woodworking Week and challenged all woodworking bloggers to advance the cause of getting more newbies into woodworking. If we have any beginning, wanna-be, newbie woodworkers here, lurkers or otherwise, maybe you’d be interested in seeing my contribution, and checking out Tom’s list of others’ writing, linked at the bottom of my post: Get Woodworking Week ...
The first version of the coffee table include corner built legs. Two 1×4’s screwed and glued up at right angles with the bracing side curved in 3 inches above the floor. My more intelligent better looking half did not like the legs so I had to redo them. My style is called rustic. The entire table top is made from deck boards 5/8×6 by 35. The boards were rough sanded then biscuit joined and glued. Now the legs are 19” x 5 1/2” x 3 1/2’ landscape timber cut...
So my journey into woodworking is going to start in february 2012, why February you ask? Well that’s when I take possession of my first home, but more importantly my first workshop. I took an interest into woodworking during some renovations I did on my mothers house. Not having much money to complete these renovations I had to get almost all of the work done myself. So off to home depot I went to purchase some tools and materials. I’ve always had a love for tools, being a mechan...
In this post today I wanted to go over the materials and methods I used for constructing my benchtops for the new workbench.Each benchtop is an identical lamination of 4 layers. In my original design, the top was 3 layers thick (each about 3/4 inch thick). However once I completed that part of it I realized that the bench wasn’t going to be heavy enough. The material I was using at that point was all aspen and pine, with red oak trim. I noticed that the density of SYP (southern yellow p...
10 years or more ago, I bought a bunch of Bessey clamps on sale at Rockler Woodworking. In the years that followed, I subscribed to Woodworker’s Journal for a few years, Woodsmith for a few years. Bought (and sold) the Woodsmith Time-Life book collection. But I never really built anything, at least not anything I’d wanted to build. I’ve always lacked many of the tools and shop space and working on anything was a frustrating, compromised experience. Well now I’m marr...
So, I’m (slowly) working on building up an arsenal of tools to begin my woodworking, and more often than I care to admit, I find myself browsing through the Grizzly catalog or some website, making a mental wish-list. Most of my time is spent contemplating how much I am willing to spend for a jointer/planer/bandsaw/etc. That’s when it hit me. I’ve started a few hobbies in my life that I never really pursued. Spent a lot of money with no results. For example, freshman y...
For several months now, I have been admiring a couch I found in a local furniture store. I absolutely LOVE the design and the way the pieces fit together. I like that it is deep enough to be good for cuddling, which also means it has enough depth to handle long legs comfortably, which a lot of couches simply don’t do. I like that it has ottomans that fit in with the curvature of the front of the couch and make it long enough to act as a bed if the guest room is filled… or the b...
Had I not been laying in bed in pain from overdoing it yesterday at my home construction site on what had already started as a high pain day, I would have been much more excited when Woodcraft called to tell me my saw had arrived. I got a log cabin kit delivered out at my property yesterday. Center-cut oak beams with dovetailed corners to build my new house, but that’s a whole other story. Anyhow, I finally got to go pick up my saw when my friend who’s carrying the loan got off...
I’ve been trying very hard to create a honey dipper, but since I don’t have an appropriate parting tool, it’s next to impossible. I have gotten very good at turning a square 2″x2″ bit of super cheap construction lumber into 10″ long dowels that are about 2″ diameter. I’m also very good at making saw dust. Today I completed my first finished lathe project, the first project that didn’t explode before I was done making it! I made a nostepinne, which is a bit less involved than a honey dipper...
Today Harbor Freight had a 25% off coupon. I used mine to buy a mini wood lathe. My best friend was with me and he bought a set of chisels for me as my birthday gift. I’m so excited, and already very covered in saw dust and wood shavings. Naturally, I tried to just jump in, I mean I’ve used my itty bitty Dremmel lathe before. I made a HUGE mess of a scrap of 2×4. Then I came inside at my friend’s urging, watched a few Jet videos on YouTube, and went back out to the g...
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