The last weekend in August I finally got around to erecting the woodshop/garage structure. It took 7 guys and a Gradall 13 hours to erect the building and finish the roof substructure. We lifted the small walls off the 50 footers and set the long walls in place first, followed by the smaller walls. I will say my cheeks were clenched pretty tight when the first 50 foot wall was lifted and spun 180degrees before being set. It’s really amazing to see all the work and how fast things come t...
I’ve been meaning to document my shop construction for a few years and finally decided to get started. I’ve had a few workshops in basements and garages through the years but the dream situation has always been a freestanding shop. When we built our current home in 2001, I was once again in an attached garage sharing space with cars, freezers and other junk. My problem is that I’m always collecting tools that I don’t have room for. This got really aggravating becaus...
If you use a clipboard on the job, you know how difficult it is to find a place to put it down while you handle the tape measure or tools you’re using. There’s never a good place to put it except to tuck it under your arm where it often gets dropped. Solve that problem by building a clipboard with a spring clamp on the back and you’ll never look for a spot to put it down again. Here's a YouTube video which shows more details.
Only a month after more than 1,100 Bangladeshi garment workers lost their lives in the collapse of a badly-built and poorly-maintained eight-storey building, the new building code has – thankfully – gone into force … And its rigid practices are already being applied by highly-skilled and properly-trained construction teams, labouring in harmony on job-sites all across the sub-continent … https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/cFb0nLCKypg?rel=0
So a few weeks ago i posted a picture of the cabinet I made for American Woodworker Magazine. Well finally I’ve got the video done. Hope you enjoy it.
I’m going to do a half lap with a cross cut, chisel paring, and followed through with a shoulder plane. Now if you didn’t know better, you might be thinking I’m an Olympic diver getting ready to execute a stunning high dive. But alas, I am not. I’m a woodworker, and this is a structural joint and the tools I will use to make a simple, yet strong woodworking joint. The Half Lap is a joint used to connect two intersecting pieces of wood. Each piece of wood is sawn to half its thickness. Whe...
Since I did a video how to fit inset doors, I thought maybe I should take a step backwards and show how to make a simple cope and stick cabinet door. Hope you enjoy the video, especially the ending.:-)
I live and work in Papua New Guinea with some of the world’s most remote people groups. Very soon, my family and I will be moving in with a tribal group called, Hewa. I first have to build our house, though. In order to do that I have to slab all of our lumber and just thought you guys would like to see some pictures of this process. These pictures are from a two week trip that I just returned from. It was really tough as we had quite a few set backs (our trees falling down the side of ...
Today at 7:00am the builders came and started on the shop. They began by laying out the additions with wood and rope. They then used a Skid- Steer to drill multiple holes for the main posts. They hit about every pipe in the ground the could have with the auger, but we had the water for those pipes turned off previous to the drilling just in case. The posts were then put into the holes and were suppose to be cemented in the ground today, but with the combination of a storm and a late cement mi...
One day this workbench may be done. It is made from construction lumber. 4×4s, 2×6s and 2×4s. Other than being a functional piece for my “shop”. I wanted this to be a learning process for joinery I have not attempted. The size is about 4’x2’x35”. The small size has been depicted by my small space, the front portion of a 1 car garage. My one goal was to complete the structure of this workbench using no hardware, i.e., nails, screws, bo...
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