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...
Here goes my first of many and I do mean many….. Glue Lines It seems to be hard for me to get my glue lines to disappear. I sand and sand trying to get them to go away but can’t seem to eliminate them. The mallet I made, on the top where I put in my splines it looked great at first but then the next day I came to see my dried glue item. They are very faint but can still be seen until I put few coats polyurethane. I noticed some black marks also but this may be from the ch...
Hello, Viewers (First few paragraphs are a short story of who I am and a little bit about me. Not interested totally understandable!! skip down to where it says BARTER About a 7 or so months ago I came across a video on you tube not exactly sure which one it was but it was a Wood Working For Mere Mortals Video!!... After moving to his website and checking out 90% of his videos over a few days period, a ton of ideas, thinkin’s, plans, and related thoughts was running through my v...
So, after a bit of a delay, I’ll now start with a recap of what I’m building, and what I’ve done so far. The PlanFirst, the plan I’m working off of is for the ‘Woodsmith Workbench’, found in issue 173 of Woodsmith Magazine, and also at plansnow.com. There’s a few pics at that website, but I’m not sure if I’m allowed to embed them here or not. I’m basically following that plan with a few modifications:1) instead of the maple top (m...
Hello fellow LJ’s I just wanted to write a short message and see if I could get some ideas for some small beginner projects to work on and also post on here to get some constructive criticism to help me learn better techniques and also become better at what im really interested in trying to accomplish. Now for the scraps I got recently, I went to a local wood craft place where they make custom built ins such as cabinets, ent. centers, etc.. The gentleman I spoke with was very h...
Hi all, and welcome to my first blog post! I always enjoyed building things with my dad growing up, and now that my wife and I have owned a home for a couple years, I’ve been getting a itch to develop my skills working with my hands. I’ve recently embarked on the long process of finishing our basement myself (and by myself, I clearly mean with help from family and friends who know what they’re doing), hoping to learn a lot in the process. Along with that major endeavor...
Hi everyone! Not too long ago I built a trophy for the fantasy league I manage and it got me interested in learning how to woodwork. I picked up some tools but now I’m at a loss of where to begin. Does anyone have any ideas of what I should start with? I would like to build myself a coffee table eventually but I don’t want to get myself into a project I can’t handle yet. Thanks.
Holy shnikeys! Let me start by saying that I really didn’t think that it would cost me much for materials for this chair. I thought I could get everything needed for around 100 bucks. After I was done shopping for wood, hardware, and a couple tools I need I spent $177.00. Then I went to home Depot to check thier prices and ended up buying a few more tools I will need like a speed square, router bits and clamps. After checking out I spent a little over $70.00. So now I’ve sp...
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 ...
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