I am always on the lookout for tools that I need (and always looking for tools I don’t need). But we all know that everything is so damn expensive these days. I have 4 kids so I can’t afford to run out and buy all my tools new. I try and hit yard sales, garage sales and salvage stores when I can. Most of the tools guys like us use are outdated junk to everyone else. The average homeowner owns a compound miter saw nowadays and wouldn’t know which end of a hand saw cuts the wo...
The two elephants are friends of my daughter from of old. The mouse lemur, Mort is a newcomer from last year. Evidently the boys got into my clamps.
New Kind of Woodworking Clamp! #2: EVEN BETTER! Andy redesigned his 4-way parallel clamp. Check it out!
Andy redesigned the 4-way parallel clamp and now it is even better! The original design had an adjustment screw for different thickness of wood and it also had kind of a hook on the end where the two clamps nested together. The new design has eliminated the adjustment screw and the hook has been replaced with something that looks more like a regular parallel clamp. I have the actual prototypes in my shop in Minneapolis and Andy is in Denver. We posted corresponding videos to describe...
I have recently started using SketchUp after a few unsuccessful previous attempts. You Tube tutorials helped me this time round. I find SketchUp quite useful as it helps me to put ideas to virtual paper and it also helps to print out templates which came in quite handy with my first attempt at making wooden handscrews. My first blog entry is a wooden CClamp. I have seen a few of these made on the net (YouTube and LumberJocks) My one concern is that there is an inherent weakness where the u...
In my above video I share a eureka moment that I had when trying to apply reverse clamping pressure against the walls of my dovetailed tool chest. The original blog post is here. I discovered that I could simply reverse my small Bessey clamp’s jaw and it would push outward instead of inward! It’s kind of hard to explain in words, so just watch the video! I’m not sure if any other clamps can be reversed like this, but I hope it helps. Here is where you can buy these clamps: -Besse...
Well, my chemo is starting to kick me in places I didn’t know I had. I went two days without making any saw dust and that was worse than the side effects of the drugs. Yesterday I couldn’t stand it any longer so I went out to my cave and used my router table for the first time. I made a coat rack for inside the back door where coats usually end up on the sofa. It seemed like a good excuse to do some woodworking to me, even if my wife was yelling at me for not being in bed. It didn...
I have a bunch of cut-offs from a local cabinet shop that deals mainly with Cherry but I also get a good amount of Poplar from there. From the medium sized pieces (all 3/4”), I selected some nice poplar front and back, some cherry for the sides and I had one long board of Cherry that had a knot in the middle (so was discarded), and I simply cut the knot out and used each end for the top and bottom. It’s 9×4 x 3” high. I just set them up, and eyeballed it ...
backgroundMy wife and I just got back from a two week trip to visit our son and his Sofie in Sweden. I had brought them a marquetry work gift and some materials to frame it with plus a selection of tools including some chisels, hand planes, back saw, etc. to do the work. I never did get a chance to make that frame and I had to bring the marquetry and materials back home with me. I was showing my son the assembly bench I was making for my shop and he said that he would love to have a simila...
As I mentioned earlier, the main focus of this build is based on limited space. I like the idea of a multi-function tool. After watching the videos mentioned in the first post of this blog, I knew a mini-bench would be perfect. I also decided that the lower half should also serve a purpose as well, hence the toolbox. Here is a look at the first few drawings I did. I have to say, Sketch Up has made this project much easier. Once I had a basic form to my liking, I started adding in the de...
Why buy it when you can build it? That’s my motto. Every woodworker is going to need clamps. I knew I would need some for my bench… especially when gluing up the top. Speed clamps and pipe clamps are great if you can afford them, but everywhere I read I see you can’t have too many clamps… Well until Angelina Jolie decides to adopt me too, I’m going to have to do it another way. I found an article in an old Popular Mechanics magazine showing how to build ...
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