I had to end the suffering of a very old friend this week, my Australia Shephard, Melbie. From puppyhood through 13 years, he was a constant companion in my shop. Few things excited him more than my shop keys. No just wasn’t an answer. We were going make the trek to shop together. Nothing scared him. And sometimes I wondered if we were in contest to see who could get covered with the most saw dust. The damn fool would lay under the thickness planer and seem proud of the winning ...
A week or so ago I read someone’s blog about their dog and an allergic reaction he had to chewing on a chunk of walnut. Well…unfortunately for my Buddy the same thing happened to him. I was turning a bowl late Friday night and Buddy kept trying to get me to play ball with him. He kept rolling it onto my feet (where all the shavings were) and I would kick it out onto the drive. Buddy always chews the ball while he’s bringing it back to you and every time he’d put it...
Roubo Inspired Bench #5: Getting closer - finally getting the slabs on top of the bench, & an orange dog or 2
The rails have been assembled, legs attached to the cabinet, a little clean up and should be ready to mortise for the slabs. It appears I have some corrupted images on my memory card, so may not be able to post any of the photos of mortising or attaching the slabs through the rails with the SPAX type screws. Slabs have been fastened to the top with one screw at each end, there is a 2” gap between the two sections. I wanted a wide enough space to be able to use a Be...
Welcome to yet another workbench project. The first question I have that I haven’t seen a whole lot of discussion on is placement of bench dog holes. I see a lot of benches that put them 2-4 inches from the front of the bench, but wouldn’t a better placement be in the 4-6 inch range, if not more? Placing them 2” in would probably make it easier to work on smaller stock, but placing them 6” back or more should give you more flexibility for larger stock as well, witho...
Installed Shelf Boards Before I started on the dogs and deaman, I installed the shelf boards. Screwed into the cleats at both ends. Of Dogs On to the dogs. I followed a diagram I found on the Benchcrafted site (sorry, don’t have link), and made the body of the dogs from jatoba. Springs from ash. The springs were easy – just sliced off the side of a piece of ash. The dogs were a bit more complex shape. Mostly done on the table saw, with one of the cuts on the bandsa...
Wood Stories: ”Bench Dogging Before Greene and Greene” ....ah yes, and then it all starts coming back into focus, as i relax my grip upon this place of fields and greens, where imagination comes calling and selling herself to the highest bidder of foolish dreams…. —-and i realize now, that i am one of those foolish dreamers with pockets full of golden star dust, who could never quite adjust to walking this place of earthen dust, by giving up my right to silent...
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