I haven’t been blogging much lately – too busy. But I have made progress on the shop as you will see if you read this and the next blog I got tired of tripping over my clamps and having them all over the shop. I saw a couple of clamp racks on the web that looked good. Initially, I was going to go with one that was very simple but used a fair amount of wall space. Then I saw one that Stumpy Nubs created. I thought the general idea was good, so I copied his. Actually, I bou...
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 ...
Edited 8/21/09: A couple of years ago I took an intro class on wood carving. The school had on hand some carving benches for the students to use but, naturally, I had to make my own design. Below is the design that I came up with. It was small enough for me to lug to class and large enough to handle most of the carving projects that I anticipate doing. It also allowed me the flexibility to accommodate various sizes of work and be able to reposition them without unscrewing and re-screwing...
Hey guys. Just fooling around tonight. Found this Clamp here on Lumberjocks. Thought I’d make a Google Sketchup file for it. Anyone need any Google Sketchup Designs just let me know and I’ll see if I can help you! (if you want the file for this clamp, just PM me and I’ll send it to you through email) Make sure to check out the other blogs in this series – if there are any templates you can’t seem to figure out how to draw (on the compu...
When working on my various woodworking projects I found times that I had to glue odd joints and really didn’t have the clamps I needed. The solution to the problem was the development of a clamping block that simplified clamping these uncommon joints. The Universal Clamping Block tool will let you clamp the usual miters and and frames but will also facilitate the clamping of a great variety of other joints that occur in woodworking projects that present special clamping problems. ...
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...
When we last left off, I was about to glue up the first cabinet door. Here it is clamped and drying: Here’s a detail (the wet marks at the left are just from wiping out glue – they dried up and disappeared): And because time-lapse videos are so fun, here’s the glue-up of the second door: And now the finished doors. Well… finished gluing together. Now there’s still sanding and coats of whatever I decide to use. I’ve been thinking of de...
Grandkids And The Studio Furniture Movement The space-time continuum changes when you add the grandkids factor to the intended work progress equation, but that is OK. Rita and I had a couple of the grandsons for the weekend and they spent some time in the shop with me. I went out to the shop Saturday morning with the 2 boys in tow (ages 3 and 4) and thought that I would finish my organizational efforts in just a few hours – silly me. It took me all morning just to install the ceil...
This my second installment of my shop build. Last week I made a lumber rack and to fill the other blank part of that wall, I have constructed the simplest style of clamp racks. They are modular and super simple to make. They accommodate pipe clamps and bar clamps. There is also a bracket to hold the hand clamps, c-clamps, and band clamp. Watch the link below for full details on how to make you own modular clamp racks that can be moved anywhere in the shop. Thank you for watching and Don&...
My mother suggested that I make a picture frame for my grandmother’s 100th birthday. The party is in march, and the four of us (Stephanie, Beatrice, Elijah, and I) will be flying to New York. I looked online for table saw frames because I do not have much skil with or many bits for a router, and no router table. What I found was: http://americanwoodworker.com/blogs/projects/archive/2009/12/04/tablesaw-picture-frame.aspx This is a lovely and classic frame. The wood is beaut...
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