It’s been months since I’ve been able to do any woodworking. I guess being busy in this economy is a good thing. I finally got a couple of days in the shop to address in-progress projects. The biggest was my mental block on the 4-sided quartersawn legs for the dining table. In a previous entry, I discussed how I botched the lock miter joint. It took me a while to get up the nerve to get back to work on them because if I biffed it again, they’d be too thin and I’d ...
I’m SO new to woodworking that nearly EVERY project has me back at the bottom of some learning curve or another. I rarely get to fall back on skills that I’ve learned well, used often, and perfected. And … when I leave glitches in my projects, making ME think I earned a grade of “B+” or “A-,” I always wonder …. What if I did that project again. Would I get an “A?” So …. I’m making my wife a box, based on the ...
I came across this today and thought I would share. I don’t know anything about the plane; I do know it looks really cool though and thought some folks might agree. Appears the maker is a David Irwin (no association with Irwin tools I would imagine), and it’s stamped with a Swann-Morton logo, who appear to make surgical instruments. . . . . . . . .
I had to chamfer some small frame pieces but didn’t want to simply hold the pieces in my hand and run a block plane over them. Since I don’t have a chamfering plane I had to improvise. Thanks for your time.
I started by marking out all the cut lines with a marking gauge. I have one of those simple wood pass through another wood with a thumb screw and a little pin, ones… so….I chiseled out the sections in the maple down to the lines after cutting the shoulders with the dovetail saw. I then transfered the tenons to the backside of the zebrawood with the marking gauge again. Then chiseled around the marks and worked on taking out the material with the chisels. A mortiser would be really...
The ContestMy woodshop proram at Cerritos Community College is having a contest/exhibition/barbecue… I have till Friday night to finish my entries for Beginning Cabinetmaking and Furnituremaking. So Far from the FinishSo yesterday I continued the mammoth job of finishing the carcases with three coats of Wipe-On Poly along with the insides of five drawers. I got two coats on and am about to go back to do the final coat. Here is one pile.. And the other… Luckily we h...
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