My bench has had a gaping…er…gap in the middle of it since I built in in December 2012. Since I have Thanksgiving week off, I thought I’d remedy the situation. The divider is a simple piece made with two boards of sapwood-y black walnut with oak spacers. The bench was quite useful for gluing the thing together. The shot below shows that I staggered the spacers to accommodate different sized tools. After a little cleanup on the table saw and some fine...
A small step for this tool cart, a huge step for woodworking… or not really, but a small step nonetheless. I was able to dry fit the mitered carcass, and trim the horizontal and vertical drawer dividers to make them fit while keeping everything square (or as close to square as I could manage): had to leave it like that for the rest of the evening, but was able to sneak back to it for a short while longer and cut a 1/8” slot on all the fronts and backs of all the parts...
A couple of peoples’ questions prompted me to make the equation from my last post a little less general so using it might be a little easier…
Proportional Dividers - Golden Section and Generalized #2: Proportional Divider (4 arms) - General Equation
Ok, while I’m messing with the Golden Ratio and mathematics, I thought I’d also try to figure out how to make a simple cross beam proportional divider. It’s been a while since High School Geometry, so I had to go back and reprove the relationships between proportional isosceles triangles to myself. I also couldn’t find this specific formula for making a divider anywhere on the net in a reasonable amount of time, so I just re-derived it. (I believe this is all correc...
With the confidence gained recently with the use of properly sharped chisels, I decided to make hand tools the center of my next tool splurge. True to my word, with the great customer service provided by Highland Woodworking, I placed another order and received the following - The spokeshaves were an impulse purchase at Harbor Freight. Both for 12 bucks and I haven’t seen spokeshaves at any local stores. I picked up a Crown dovetail gent’s saw (good reviews on fine wood...
So here I have the drawer pieces all laid out and routed the groove in the bottom of them for the slide in solid panel 1/8” maple that I am going to use. I was trying to decide on solid or ply and thought that it would look better with the solid plus I don’t have any maple ply and I have plenty of the maple solid. I had to make a trip to get the bit as my standard bit set didn’t have one that small (1/8”). I set up a couple of stops on my router table and cut the groov...
Today was the monthly antique sale here in town. I found a few interesting items today. I’m going to cut to the chase. Here they are. A set of Millers Falls carving tools A pair of Starret Dividers A 1” Chisel for my “Frank’s style greenwood working tool kit”. This is a heavy duty chisel. A pair of R. Bliss Mfg Co. Wooden Screw Clamps. These are for the wall of the shop. They are 16” long and the screws are about 20” long...
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