For my Introduction to Woodworking class, we have a “final project” that we choose ourselves. Given that I’m learning to use hand tools, I’ve decided to make a handplane cabinet. In my latest blog entry, I show how I use Google (now Trimble) SketchUp to create the design and the use of layers and scenes to showcase the various parts of the design without duplicating any portion. This was based on information that I learned from Bob Lang in his article from Popular Woodworking. T...
For my workbench i needed a tall stool for more accurate work and just a place to rest. This is a descripition on how i made this project. Searching LJ i found these two fine projects:- Having a fascination with all-things-Japanense (having both worked in a sushi restaurant and done karate for several years) these Singer-songrwriters chairs by Junji impressed me.- This post on shop stools by shipwright described a interesting method for dying oak black with steel wool dissolved in wineg...
Quick question for you guys to help me with:Building an entertainment center for my daughter, and after I agreed, she said – oh, by the way, I need two matching end tables.So these end tables will be almost square, at 22” wide and 24” deep. Which way should the top grain run?, side to side?, or front to back? If the tables were more rectangular, the answer would be easy, run the grain with the longest dimension. But here?, .......
With the release of my latest article in WOOD magazine on design, it prompted more requests for a video on designing and how I find inspiration. In this video I share the lifestyle habits I have that allow me to keep finding inspiration, recording those ideas, and developing the designs. For an example, I share how I turned a Japanese torii gate into a stairwell barrier, bucking the standard design of newell posts, balusters, and handrail. While the subject of designing can get pretty d...
The October 2013 issue of WOOD Magazine is now on the stands and inside you will find my latest article. One of the most frequent questions I receive is how do I get inspiration for my designs. This is also a topic the editors at WOOD Magazine get requests for, so they asked if I would share a page on how I get inspiration for design. The topic of design and getting inspiration can actually become a pretty lengthy topic and a very complex one which can easily fill a book. But we boi...
We have a project coming up that will need rough shaping of branches into square-ish forms. So we’ll need a broad axe to so some hewing. However, instead of going to the effort of sourcing a hen’s tooth here in South Africa, and paying out my adz for it, we set about making one for ourselves. Now we don’t have forging facilities, so this was never going to be a re-hash of the master smith’s methods. We had an old blade from something like a guillotine. Which we aimed t...
Got any log slices laying around with nothing to do? Put them to work in your kitchen holding wine bottles! I can’t seem to get the video to show up in this tutorial. To see the video tutorial, please CLICK HERE. Thanks.
My Workshop Tour My workshop has two levels the ground floor where all my tools are (54m2/580ft2) and the half top floor (16m2/172ft2) which has two rooms; one is used as a paint booth and the other as a drying area as well as storage room. Entering the shop the in the center is the heart of my shop, the table saw/router table, an out-feed table serves also for assembly and in the far East wall my SCMS station. Farther in on the left there’s my dust collector and next to ...
This is a very simple to build router table made from half a sheet of 3/4” plywood and a 1/4 sheet of 1/2” plywood.
Design Considerations Watch this video to explore design considerations. Solid wood case construction must take into account wood movement. Wood expands and contracts across the grain and does not along the length of the grain. When wood is glued across grain over a long span, it will split when it contracts. NOTE: The drawer frames and the back are all pre-assembled. The back is a mortise and tenon frame which contains six floating solid-wood panels. Clamping rehearsal withou...
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