I know that most of you on LJ deals with inches’ but I’m all into mm so everything below is in mm, sorry for this. Almost two years ago I bought a new table saw with a sliding table, it might sound strange but it have taking me quit some time to get use to it and working effective with the sliding table.Lately I have realized how many jigs and fixture that could be made and attached to the sliding table.The T-tracks is perfect for bolting things to but often you just need to cl...
TopThe spalted maple I had was about 5/4 rough. I would have loved to shave off a nice 3/8” or so to get them down to 3/4”, but my band saw was no where near up for the task. Off to the planer we go (after being ripped to width and jointed). LegsSince the boards I had were about 5/4, I couldn’t make the legs the desired 1.5” thick without gluing some together. Since the spalting and grain patterns were so varied, gluing two pieces together looked pretty gross....
Even though this project has been complete for sometime, I did film the progress of it so I figured some of your guys may enjoy the process. On a side note, since this was a client build, I decided to not talk but just filmed the clips. I found this to save me a ton of time instead of if I had talked my way through it. I hope you guys still enjoy it though.
I Spent the day building the walls for the shop. Each 4 foot panel is built separately so if I ever have to take it down, the panels can go with me. The lower panel beneath the open window can come out with a few screws if I need to forklift anything in or out of the shop. I need to get all the rest of my tools to the shop and get everything set up and finalized, but I’m happy with the progress made!
This project is half finished – Literally I mean. I figured since I’ll be working on the drawers, and the toolcart is in the basement it’ll get dirty, and oily finger marks might penetrate the wood and no sanding in the world will take those out, so I decided to finish the cabinet and protect it from the ‘elements’ around…. and boy did I get struck out by one of those elements… but more about that later. And so I gave the cabinet a good sanding wit...
I posted these homeade clamps while ago but I couldn’t help but post them again since there is alot more members here on LJ’s. I got the idea from a video youtube. These things are simple to make and work like a charm. I’m laminating a piece of lacewood between some pecan and able to get pressure across the whole length of my piece. I started off using just regular clamps and I seemed to be struggling to keep everything flat and then I remembered these wedge clam...
Hey LJ! So a few weeks back I posted some mid-project photoes of how my bandsaw build was going and although it is not entirley finished and still needs little extras like a coat of paint, a stand and a fence I can now show you the fully working and (built bandsaw). Heres a quick video showing the build process… Enjoy! Its been a great project and I hope to soon post another video showing it in all of it glory.
Found out the trex clamps I talked about in my last version (http://lumberjocks.com/TZH/blog/24588) weren’t strong enough to withstand the pressure exerted by the bolt going through, plus didn’t hold the sled rigidly enough (too much diagonal movement). So, back to the drawing board. Figured a clamp should function like a clamp no matter what the design is, so I used 2×4’s for the stationary clamp (first photo) and 2×2’s (oak – second photo) for the mov...
I got my carving fixture completed today. Now I should be able to make some more progress on the carving. Been going slow because I have been focused on rehabilitation of my leg. Finally able to put a little weight on it (30%) and this means increased exercise, physical therapy and such. I’m still adjusting to the new level of activity. The fixture is made from some borg 3/4”by 24” by 24” plywood squares. I laminated two sheets together for the top to support...
A long time ago, I said I would post a blog entry showing how I plane really big pieces using my router planer. Well, here goes. I started out with some really big cottonwood rounds (that’s my son in the first photo): I cut them into 5” to 6” thick slabs and had to figure out a way to plane them down to 3” to 4” thick to use as table tops for TV stands and coffee tables. That’s when I came up with the Big Boy Router Planer below: I just hap...
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