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...
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...
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