Getting the Jump on Lent – Lent, an Old English word meaning “spring,” the time of lengthening days, is that season of the Church between Ash Wednesday and Easter. During the season of Lent, many Christians commit to fasting or giving up certain types of luxuries as a form of penance. There is however another school of thought, one of taking on or adding a Lenten spiritual discipline, such as reading a daily devotional or praying through a Lenten calendar, to draw oneself n...
Wood has three dimensions and the table saw cuts both X (length) and Y (width) The Z (thickness) axis needs a lunch box planer. The table saw has the Incra rip fence and miter gauge so X and Y are covered. Z however needed some help getting the same accuracy as the saw. One of the benifits of digital gauges is that I can see the reading without squinting or having to bend down. I have a digital height gauge to set the saw height and set the router bits consistently. Repeatability is...
I have started a project that for me is enormous. A kitchen remodel with me building the kitchen cabinets. First came many weeks of planning and many drawings. The cut list has 294 parts just for the face frame and doors. I have purchased 19 pre finished 4×8 sheets of plywood and 250 board feet of 5/4 rough sawn cherry. Before I could do anything I needed to build a rack for all the plywood. Note: would have been better to do this before delivery. This weekend I ...
Now that the drawer is complete, things are progressing at breakneck speed. Having cut the top to size, I attached the cleats and bored pilot holes in the sides for attachment later. I rubbed in the pre-assembled drawer guides and drawer runners … ... level with the drawer rail. I used a depth gauge to maintain level from front … ... to back. Just as I had excepted the first fitting of the drawer was off … just a bit too high on the right! I took the time to fashion ...
The legs are tapered, the drawbore pins are all set … the frame is standing on its own! With the drawer front fitted to the base … ... nice and smooth, and perfectly square (well, as perfectly square as any rectangle can be), it was on to the sides, back, and bottom pieces. I decided to re-saw a 3/4 inch thick pine board to make two 1/8 inch thick slats for the drawer bottom. I kerfed the sides and ends … ... to make easy work of the re-sawing. After a bit of work with ...
Only slow progress lately with holidays and weekends away etc. etc.Any way I have almost completed the blade assembly, I am building everything in the same order as per Gatto plans.The blade is actually made up of 8 sections an inch and a half long, this makes a blade with a total length of 12 inches.I made the blade out of a native NZ timber called Rimu. The long dark dowels are walnut, made with my router, see my blog on this to see how I did it. Most of the other timber is American Cherry....
Although the drawknife quickly removed the waste along the tapers, the surface was left rough. Using a 1-1/2” chisel (honed to a 25° bevel) I pared the tapers to a flat surface, getting as close to the knife wall as I felt comfortable. After paring with the chisel, I set a block plane for a thin shaving and planed along the tapers, getting closer and closer, until the knife wall disappeared. Remember that nasty knot I discovered while ripping the leg pieces? Well … this was the best ...
I put the final tune on the resonators. This took a little while and a lot of miles. Temperature plays a lot in the tune of this instrument. We have had an unusually cool winter I kept the resonators in the house and carried each to the shop sanded a little then walked back in the house checked the tune then repeated. This kept the tube close to room temperature but required about 3 trips per for each resonator time 37 is a lot of trips. Everything is within 3 cents so were good to go. ...
This is an overview post of how I went about building this box. You can read a more indepth article on my blog Building a box from scrap wood and upcycled bamboo Or watch it be built on Youtube To start I gather up all the small cut offs of 8/4 wood I could find to make the legs. Ripped them to approximate length on my band saw and jointed them square. Cut to length at the table saw using a stop on the miter gauge For a quick and easy joint between the legs and sides I used the...
I tried a handful of new things and learned a lot, building this box. I did some things well and some not so much… Some things that went poorly were due to my lack of equipment…and PATIENCE to properly check and double check that the equipment I had to work with was set up as precisely as possible before making any final cuts. Other things went poorly because I’m inexperienced and/or a bit uncomfortable with some tools. Full disclosure – routers make me nervous. So far, I’ve been abl...
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