And that is about it. wasted half a day with a Migraine…..kind of hard to work with half the body going numb. About evening or so….dug out some toys…saws? Front one is a rip, back one is crosscut. I even put a NEW blade in the old Atkins No. 50 coping saw! other tools? Well there is a Ohio Tool Co. hand plane there, a chisel or two, a mallet. Somewhere back there is a square or two, and a Stanley No.90 shoulder plane. Still trying to get that one tuned up just...
Ok, this project is to see just what I can build with just those four leftover 4×4s. So far, there is a “top” awaiting so more plane work. Letting it season a bit, first. I also have a few blanks to make aprons out of….a full 4/4” thick ones, too. Which leaves the stuff from the fourth 4×4… Had a few leg blanks sawn The four were ganged up, with one end flush. Measured out 24” and mark a line across with a square. This way, all fou...
As a proof of concept, I made a C-Clamp out of wood. I intend to eventually make a few more, but I’m wondering what would be the most useful size to build. The one in the photo is about 6 inches square with the clamping capacity of only 2 inches with a 4 inch deep throat. Any suggestions?
I have some time off for the holidays, so I’ve got the top glued up. This took three days to accomplish. I put together a long ripping jig to to get a straight edge on all of the boards. I had an old oak shelf with a machined edge on it, and I used a couple of scrap blocks screwed to the board. I could then screw through the blocks into the edge of the boards to hold them while I ripped a straight edge on them. I made sure to have the top up on one edge and down when cutting the ot...
Well, when last seen, I had one more mortise to chop. Have since got that done…..no more chisel work! Good thing, as I need the space on my bench’s top. Tried a few ways to clamp things up. Left the long apron un-glued, for awhile. Glued the short aprons in place. Had a lot of trouble ( and cussing) trying to get the clamps to stay put. Got out a few wedges…...they slid around…..put a nail through the wedge….clamp wanted to slide off the wedge&...
Before I got tired of fighting things. IF I got too angry in the shop…..time to quit for the day. better luck the next day, right? Anyway, I had the aprons to mill into something usable….I hope. Ends needed cut at an angle ~@ 15 or so degrees…closer to 10, maybe. I used the bandsaw to cut the ends…..too much stuff in the way to use the mitrebox…plan so far is to splay the legs out a bit, almost like a Tavern table. Was trying to figure out how ...
Well, after that last project was done, I still had a chunk leftover.. Not the greatest looking, but maybe i can make…something out of it? tried a few tricks to use what tools i had, just to resaw the plank to two thinner boards… “Plan” was to run the circular saw down all four edges. Needed to joint this edge a bit. Set up a fence on the saw….and tried my luck.. Not the best cut I’ve ever done…the other edge was almost as good/badR...
With major projects finished for this year, it was time to turn my attention again to Christmas, I have to keep the family occupied somehow, and to keep pulling the Parqués board out every time someone comes, is like Christmas in the UK as a child, where Monopoly came out, whether you liked it or not. I spent so much time in Prison, I am surprised that I spent 30 years as a Cop, or maybe because of it!!! :) I still like playing games with marbles, so the first alternative this year is Chin...
In this video, I build a home made marking gauge from scrap wood. https://youtu.be/m5ehhwZaghU
Andy Klein invented a new kind of woodworking clamp. He modified a regular parallel clamp so that it can be used as both a regular parallel clamp for day to day clamping tasks AND it can also be used as a panel clamp when you want to glue up a panel. The way I got involved with this is that Andy asked me to make the wooden parts for the prototype. The reason he didn’t make the wooden parts himself is because he recently relocated from Minneapolis to Denver and he hasn’t been ...
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