I ‘had’ to try hanging something on the french cleat portion already up; so I picked my Stanley #6, 7, and 8 because they have stayed so buried I have not cleaned them up for use. I first picked out some likely lumber, a little eastern red cedar shorts from my mill, some left over 1/8” ply for a bottom, and an oak cleat from the left over pile. I ripped the cedar down to 1-1/4” for the trays. There was so much tension in the wood it literally cracked apart as...
Recently I started a Hickory Chest Project. This chest will feature raised panels as well as a cedar lining. I have been videoing the build. To share with viewers who might like to watch. I’m right at the point of getting ready for the finish. But before i do, I want to pose a question to my fellow Lumber Jock’s… Here is a picture of the Chest. It has some cool features. ( beetle bore holes, knots, etc.) Id like to showcase in the project. With that being said. Here is my qu...
I’ve had the urge to just make something small for some time now…I’ve been working on a bed with what little shop time I have, and haven’t had much time for other stuff. I wanted one of those projects that you could just take the materials at hand and go for it. Also, something that wouldn’t take forever to build and would give some (relatively) instant gratification. I had some scrap cedar, fir, poplar, and walnut that’ll be used in this little box/case. ...
I have been getting ready to make some visual bird houses for my grand kids. They will have a red window in the back for viewing. They can be hung in front of the kids bedroom windows so they can watch all the action of the birdlings. Both our kids have split entry houses so the bedrooms are plenty high enough off the ground. I am using some free cedar fencing cutoffs. They will not be finished, just natural. I am going to pre-drill some nail holes so the kids can nail them together t...
I have had a very busy few weeks. lots of travel and time away , so not much time in the shop, and little success when I was there. So, when I did get home two days ago, I was happy to have a message regarding some wood I have been searching for.I designed a jewelery cabinet for my wife, which I will eventually build, that I really wanted to use birds eye yellow cedar on the interior. So, after one more long drive, and sorting through a back country barn, I arrived home with my long sought af...
I had a little bit of time this afternoon to work on the little case… I keyed the miters with walnut: Glued up the dividers: and, cut out the all the drawer parts: I’ve got drawer bottom stock prepared from the first day (in the background of the photo above), so my next step will be to cut the joinery for the drawers. And, since this is supposed to be a quick and dirty project, I’m going to rout the drawers with a drawer lock bit. Like this:
For all of you cabinet builders on this site, my hat is off to you! I never fully realized the work that is involved in making a cabinet and how even the smallest mistakes can compound so very quickly… Right before Christmas I posted this blog asking for input on plans for a tool cabinet. Well, I took all the advice I received and have been furiously building over the holidays. Here is where I stand—I have completed the actual “cabinet” portion of the project. ...
I have a one-man handyman service, and a customer of mine just gave me an old cedar blanket chest (trunk?). It’s about 50 years old, and the lady just didn’t want it in her house anymore. So, I brought it home. She told me that it was cedar-lined, but I discovered that it’s actually solid 3/4” cedar. Made by Lane. It’s not very attractive as is, but I’m thinking about what I can do with it. I could just give it way, or I could break it apart and mak...
I’ve been wanting to get some new, bigger, better bird feeders but I couldn’t find any I liked. When I say “liked” I mean not small, not cheaply made, and don’t cost an arm and a leg. Twenty, thirty bucks or more for some cheap a** plastic or metal or wood poorly constructed piece of junk? No thanks. So I decided to build my own. Well I always have built my own but I was looking to get off easy and not have to take the time to build them. I thought, that if I ...
I had some time in the evening to continue on my little case… I was able to get the drawer lock joints cut on the four little drawers. Fortunately, I set this up the other day. Without instructions, it took me a little longer than it probably should have. Once you dial in the height for a good fit, it’s all in the fence adjustment. Pretty decent little machine joint, that’ll be a lot faster to perform the next time: Next up, I cut the grooves for the bottoms (on the ...
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