I chose the Factory Cart Coffee Table from the October 2010 Popular Woodworking “I can do that” series as my second woodworking project after the sawhorses. I love the idea/design of the table so it was a no brainer. I ordered the Kreg K3 Master System jig for the pocket holes for the project. I also purchased a 5” Random Orbital Sander as well. I mounted the jig on a 2 foot piece of 3/4” plywood so it would be secure. I cut the pieces for the frame with my circular sa...
Hello Everbody, I’m brand new to wood working and new to lumberjocks and so far everybody on here has been wonderful and welcoming and I just have a quick question. I’m planning on buying my first set of chisels and I’m thinking about an Irwin 4-piece chisel set. I’ve read many reviews about Irwin Marples Blue Chip chisels but non about this set of Irwin Marple chisels. Are these good chisels? Heres a link: http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1vZ1xkk/R-10008965...
Decided I would try my hand and making Yule gifts this year. Pondered and asked and bounced project complexity with my fledgling talents and came up with with boxes for mom and sis, hand mirrors for daughter and nieces, Lego storage box for nephew, modified ammo crates for my two boys burgeoning Nerf gun armory, drill bit organizer for dad. Have a votive candle holder for wifey queued up, but she wants a new color laser printer first ;). Started with the boxes first. Next up are the mirror...
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 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...
Since my first attempt at this blog seems to have been lost here we go again.A friend of mine saw a pencil box I was working on out of red oak (my first attempt at dovetails) just for practice, and instantly wanted me to make him some stuff. ”We can make this and that for me.” After some discussion we settled upon a Tool Tote for his truck tool box. He is a network IT type guy who sets up networks for business and the like so he often has to carry tools and stuff from his truck ...
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.
I’ve been watching online videos for the past couple months, and I’ve watched a video on turning several times now that Jet sent me. I’ve read several books and magazines on the topic. Regardless of all that, I can’t seem to get any work that I do between centers to turn out correctly. The biggest problem I’m having is something that I had attributed to dull tools before; now I’m thinking it’s more operator error than anything else. I don’t ...
All, As glad as I am to have found this hobby, I’m equally glad to have found this group. It’s doubtful that anybody here (who can walk upright, rather than swing through trees) is any newer at this than I am. I’m hopeful that I can give back … in some small way … by… telling this little story…. .... Our hobbies are like our relationships. If—like me—you’ve been with the same wonderful spouse for a while, then you kno...
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...
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