This is a project that has been on the list for quite awhile. As shown here, two more chests are being test fitted. Things seem to fit nicely and will help to get clutter from underfoot. One thing I learned is that the vintage saws I bought for restoration and use should have been measured! Handles take up a LOT of length. They will fit only because of slots cut in the top! Handles and finish need to be applied, but that will wait until warmer weather. If I finished them now, I’d b...
Recently I came across some old chisels on ebay and decided to purchase them with the idea of ‘transformation’ in mind. They certainly are not beauties by any stretch of the imagination but contain some good metal which can be used for some future projects and I have a plan for the handles. The timing of the project is somewhat unique in that I needed a little project to get my mind off of some recent worries and am in need of my own transformation. Did I mention, one of the c...
Days and days of mostly just staring at the dumb thing wondering why- oh why- things did not meet the way they should. Take a little off here- then a little off there- shoot!- think I took some off the wrong side. This was not the way to go.My micro-plane was going to be my salvation, but it may have created more problems than it fixed.Talk about creative clamping! Trying to get all the angles right and everything where it is supposed to be so that the screws in the base will end up in the ri...
Time to get on with the part I was dreading the most, chopping mortise for the legs in the benchtop. I was dreading this because they were so big, 1”W x 4”L x 2”D to be exact. I roughed out the tenons on my tablesaw with a dado stack so nothing really to see there, then I finished them with my router plane. Next came the chop chop. These were the first mortises I’ve ever tried to cut completely with hand tools. I’ve done several where I drilled out most of the wa...
After sanding, conditioning, and staining, I decided to try shelac. It worked fine. Shelac is a lot different than lacquer or polyurethane. I’m still experimenting with the finishes. (LOL, I’m still experimenting with everything). I like that Shelac drys fast. I was able to put on several coats in one day. Now I need to work on my photography
Hello everyone,The router station is finished and the video is now on YouTube. The build was pretty simple and it incorporates the new Dowelmax Router Lift System. We will be releasing another video soon showing the router lift installation more in depth. Check out the video. Don’t forget to subscribe to our channel. Here is a link to the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g82VL7jL2ss
My nephew didn’t want any more pics to go up until he had a chance to show it to his mother and grandmother (my sister), so I haven’t posted any update. However, since today was return to home day, all may be revealed. After finishing the main box, he cut and glued four cleats to the underside of the top. He clamped up the front and back cleats first, and then snuck up on the length of side cleats. They fit perfectly. I guess I didn’t take any pictures of him cuttin...
In this video I show how to make a wedged through mortise and tenon using power tools.. After you watch this, take a look at Mitch’s video with the link above. In a few days, we will be releasing another video that talks about the pro’s and cons of each method along with some tips and tricks. Mitch’s Hand Tool Version – (https://youtu.be/JrGHSCBf0vc) As always, I welcome your comments and questions! https://youtu.be/FeF-zj8Uhm8
Hi, Here is part four. It is a bit longer than the other sections despite the fact that I have cut it down quite a bit. I hope it will prove a useful tutorial in setting hinges. Enjoy, Paul Sellers
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