Here it is unclamped. It is amazingly within a 1/32 inch roundness. Good enough.
When my darling wife allowed me to use our family room as my wood shop I needed to make a bench. living on a fixed income causes me to be very creative in acquiring tools and materials. I have posted about Freecycle before so I won’t rehash that again unless anyone has any specific questions. Anyway I did some dumpster diving and was able to get a few old solid wood doors, which I promptly took apart and made a down and dirty work bench. It was ugly and a bit wobbly but it served it&...
Saturday… 0630… In the car heading to Lowe’s for the last few items needed to make the piece of my garage a real shop. Kind of like Pinocchio wanting to be a real boy – my 1/3 of the 3-car garage WANTS to be a woodshop, and I am the maker, Geppetto, who has been carefully, slowly (too slow) making that piece of the garage into a shop. Rich, my neighbor across the street, and, a “sheetrock guy” by trade, has offered to help my little piece of heaven becom...
Well after a few computer issues, the long awaited part 2 of this project is here. I’m a good woodworker, not so much a good PC tech guy..lol So with the help of some true computer gurus, I was able to render this video, get it uploaded and out to you… given the size of the video, I added a Part 3 to this series which will be the conclusion of the project. Be sure to stop by the website A Simple Design of Ocala or find me on Facebook
WARNING! The following pictures may be considered offensive by some, viewer discretion is advised… Here they are, by request, some pics of my first stab (as well as hack, saw, chop and sand) and hand-cutting dovetails. For the record, I did not use any special effects in the photography. What you see is the actual result of me trying to hand cut dovetails with a coping saw, hobby knife, Dremel and dull chisel. The picture quality is poor, that was intentional, the...
In this episode I talk about different tool groups and if it is better to buy your last tool first. www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.com
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...
Isn’t funny how some smells remind you of things from your past. As it turns out the scent of red elm reminds me of my late Great Uncles Barn. He owned the family farm that dated back to the 1800s and it had the original barn until just about 15 years ago. As a boy my cousin and I would play in the lofts and at the time I didn’t know it but that wood it was made of must have been elm because when I cut this red elm it reminded me of that old barn. Enough of that! I was able to put seven hour...
http://youtu.be/mvxvJzDZlI0 Building a storage box for the Nativity scene I made before Christmas.
Well folks! It’s finally done! This took a little longer than expected, because of the weather, & things. It’s amazing that it looks just like the SketchUp plan, but I think a tad better looking though. My Son, & his family really love it. It’s almost like a new room on their house. I also learned about the new way of staining treated lumber. They don’t recommend letting it dry out for 60 to 90 days. They say that if you treat it right a...
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