Earlier this year, I blogged here on LJ about building my Roubo workbench. As mentioned in that blog, prior to building the workbench, I wasn’t much into hand tools. Not because I had anything personal against them, but instead because I was always in the process of building out my power tool collection. My power tool arsenal is effectively complete at this point, and I have since mastered the basic uses and methods of each of those tools. I decided it was time to start doing more w...
72”x24” 1-3/4” thick Top = $25Groz vise = $40Misc fasteners and hardware = $10Building your own workbench that actually fits in a tight space that has no space for a workbench = PRICELESS Now I just need to use scrap wood, and design legs to hold the workbench horizontally… I made it extra tall, cause every other bench I work on I get back pains from having to bend too much. In the mean time, I just improvise and put something under to hold it straight just so that I can work on it ...
I’m back in the shop after 44 days absence due to back injury. Check; clear bench, tea, custard creams, music. Now lets make boxes! Well to start some experimentation. The liners for my EZ mitre boxes are Birch ply. The one for the last box, Amazed, was dyed black (spirit based wood dye used in Dance on a Volcano II and Any Colour You Like) and sprayed with satin acrylic spray. I’ve found that the same company that make the clear acrylic spray make this An ebony fi...
Today proved to be productive even if it did take all day! :-( I had all the pieces for the second cabinet except for one and I had to cut some dadoes in another. These were the cut to fit parts of the tray cubbies and the tool cubbies. I won’t bore you with pics of the front since they are the same as the first one I built. Here is the cabinet from the back side. This pic shows the French cleat and bottom spacer attached. Close up of the cleat. And the spacer. ...
Started working on the Mortises for the Shaker Table March Guild Build. Pulled out my drill press that I haven’t used sense June and added a auxiliary table to it so I could put on a fence to keep all my mortises in exactly the same position. This is my first time using Birch and it seems fairly hard to me. Was getting a little smoke drilling my 1/4” holes, maybe the drill press is set to too slow a speed? Anyway got all the legs rough Mortised out. I’ve go...
In the summer of 2005 American Chopper was holding a FAN-tasy bike competition. Part of the entry requirements was to make a three minute video and send it to them… so I did… this is that video… The URL for the video is: The Star Trek Chopper Now, you may be wondering why would I post that video here??? There are two reasons, first is because this is the only video I have showing off the whole wall entertainment center I built at my old house. If you look in the ba...
Today is one of my favorite days of the year. Those of you who read know that I frequently wish that my days had more hours in them, and today is the one day of the year that my wish actually comes true. A 25 hour day! Now how I am going to use that extra hour is hard to decide. There are so many wonderful directions that I am heading in right now that I could choose from a variety of tasks. Yesterday was a very productive and happy day for me. All week I was working on a new ornament ...
I did accomplish a great deal yesterday, although much of it was the type of stuff that I can’t really show pictures of. I spent most of the morning and part of the afternoon editing the photographs that are going to be included with my Snowflake Damask project for the magazine. I shipped out the project already, and I must say I really hated to see that one go. I probably won’t see it back until sometime next spring. I did get to spend some time to do some painting, although ...
First of all I just want to say that I love the term “sliding deadman”. I think it’s hilarious! As a forensics investigator for the Edmonton Police Service (a city nearing a million in population) I have seen my fair share of dead men, literally. But I have never seen one sliding! Not even in the cold, snowy, icy winters that we have. But I’ll bet that if I do, I will probably bust a gut laughing while thinking about the work holding device on my bench instead of whate...
Several have asked about what I am working on now, so I thought I would take a minute and post some progress photos. My current work is a Kitchen Shelving and Desk system in Birch to match the styling of the exisiting cabinets built in the early 1960’s. Seemed like a fairly straight forward project for a past customer, and I like working for them. They “discovered” me, and that “Rates” in my book, regardless of what they want me to do. During the planning...
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