The crucial step of dimensioning the stock was a physical and tedious process. I’m in decent shape, but wasn’t expecting such a workout. Each piece needed to be planed to 2-1/8” thickness and be perfectly square so that the joints line up. Quite a task on long heavy pieces. After the laminating was finished, the stock was made flat and square. The length of the wood made it a challenge for my 6 inch Jointer. Planer and dust collector got quite a workout....
This week I got to leg spreaders and I got my lower tails no I use the pocket hole so my screws could go and my legs. Then I got the brad nailer to put on my long rails. Then I did a lot of sanding Here is what I got done this week
In the midst of jointing and planing the stock, I took a bit of time to create the template for the arch. Eventually I will use it to draw the arch on the boards and will use a pattern bit to finish up the edges. I posted the second go around as I messed up the measurements on the first. I used CAD to determine how the arch will fit and the dimensions. Using the two stick method (which I learned from other LumberJocks) I drew the top of the arch. Cut outside the line with th...
This week I put my bench together by putting pocket holes in specific pieces as seen in the picture Then after that I had to pre drill the hole where my screwsThen I used screws to put it together and put them into my leg which are 4×4 Then to end my work on the bench this week I put a pice of wood between my legs so they would not move in closer to each other as seen in pictureThat what I got done this week where going to go so I did not crack the oak and what I did what used the ...
So, the old ugly driveway gave in after some strong winds. I’ve been planning on replacing it with something nice for about five years. I guess the time is now. I drew up some design ideas in Sketchup and my wife and I agreed on a design. I took a lot of inspiration from English driveway gates. It will be built of knotty cedar to maintain a rustic look, keeping in line with the house. The space below the arch will be some custom welded iron work (my father-in-law is quite t...
In this video I cover some recent acquisitions. I plan on upcycling an old cedar fence I got from a neighbor. I hope to make a video of the process. I got a used softener for free that I will install with my new tankless water heater, and I got some Corian cutoffs from a local supplier. I also cover the status of my projects and upcoming videos.Enjoy! View on YouTube Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thomaslightleFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/redbarnwoodworking/Twitter: https:...
Hi all I have purchased some beautiful Red Cedar and am going to try my hand at some larger joinery work. It is really lovely timber and was a very good price as the timber yard sadly is closing. This was a bundelled mixture of boards and pieces; The main piece for the top of the unit The larger boards I have cut in half and put through the thicknesser to get some lovely bookmatched boards to work with; I have sized four pieces for the legs and marked out the sha...
I’m just getting this blog post started so it already set up, but in the next 6 months I should have everything up and running for me to build wooden boats for people. I’ll be starting out with some strip built kayaks and canoes most likely. In all actuality I have no idea what people are going to want. I plan on just getting the word out and let people come to me so we can sit down and draw up exactly what they want. After I’ve got a good thing going I will start cold moldi...
The other day my brother gave me a call, asking if I wanted to build something for his shop. He owns a Cigar shop in Whitecourt Alberta called Cheap Smokes and Cigars. It’s a really cool shop, very classy and nostalgic, they have the basic inventory of cigarettes which they sell cheaper than any gas station or grocery store can offer, but beyond that they have an array of humidors (My creations will soon be joining this inventory), Pipes, Tobacco, Vaporisers and a massive walk in humido...
I’m in the market now for a dust collector. Being married with 2 kids there really isn’t a lot of money I can budget for this at this time. I’ve read the reviews on the Harbor Freight dust collector but I’m wondering If I could get some woodworkers perspective that have this unit. How is it? Does it work well? And is it ok to run pvc or gutter sewerage pipe instead of the metal stove type of piping???? Any info on this topic from all LJ’s would be great.
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