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 ...
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...
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