The Roof on our Apartment building sustained a little damage this past Winter. After the snow melted, I found the remains of two Slate shingles, out of the hundreds that are up there… The one in the front didn’t survive the fall, but the one in the back put me of a mind to make something, if I can only square it up a little…Back in my landscaping days, in the late “70’s, we cut tons of Granite for Walkways and Stairs. It’s a lot of work, but relatively e...
I’ve worked with wood and been interested in woodworking since I was a child…some 40 years. Until now, I’ve never had the three things I needed to really explore that passion…time, space, money. To start off, I need a place to work so I built a simple workbench. I found these plans in Woodsmith magazine. the construction is simple, inexpensive and sturdy…just what I needed.
Since last entry, I’ve had time to both apply finishing touches, and get some shop time using the bench, and even put the first few battle scars on it. First up was applying some finish. I went with some Watco Danish oil (natural), and did about three coats, letting it dry for a day in between. I then put a thin application of paste wax to the top to help prevent glue & liquid spills from penetrating, but not too much as I didn’t want to make the top slick. Next up was a...
I went down to the shop first thing this morning after breakfast and started with a little straightening up and extending a power strip up one wall so I could plug in a couple of scoop lights. One of my frustrations yesterday was the shadows kept showing up just when I needed more light, not less. With the lights up and in place I layed out everything to get this blade holder done. One of the things that became clear yesterday was just how much the order of operations impacted the work flo...
Today was a good shop day. I managed to get several hours in all at one go. Things started of with filtering through some restoration/reconditioning project possibilities which will make there way to LJ in the near future, then I moved on to the tear down of the tensioning system currently not working on the frame saw, followed by some think time to design the new blade holder in steel. After I had something in mind and some dimensions written down on a very rough drawing, I cut out a ...
I’m still plugging away on the NF workbench. Weather here in ON has been cold so, it has moved inside for completion. My biggest hangup so far has been the math for the intersecting pipes. Everything fits in there – but it looks like I may have a hare over 3/4 from the benchtop to the pipe. I got a little carried away and made the well for the long clamps 12.5”. Next bench will probably be smaller, although my drill press fits in there pretty nice.
It’s Winter here and the White Season brings with it the need for heavy jackets…We have closets for them, but they’re upstairs… Most of the time, the coats end up hanging on the Chair-backs in our kitchen, where they are ready-to-hand… But no one wears the same coat every day, and we end up with half the wardrobe cluttering up the Kitchen!There was a need here for a simple place to hang our Winter “Stuff”... Yesterday, I got a chance to fill that nee...
Since last post, I was able to get some time to finish up almost the whole thing. First, I got to finish and fit the face vise. For that, and for all the “fixtures” (the face vise chop &pin board, the sliding deadman, the end cap, and wagon chop) I used a nice piece of 8/4 ash. I’d never worked with ash before, and I really love how it works. Passing over it with a smoother plane gets it silky smooth. For the face vise, I went with the Lee Valley screw hardware, as...
Okay, I started off going down to the shop around 08:30, did a bit of cleaning, organizing, and stowing away and somehow managed to recover 18 cubic feet of space! In a shop as small as mine, that is a huge deal. After clean up, I started working on the frame saw. The first discovery was that I actually had some 1 3/8 by 3/4 Douglas Fir stock in the back of my shop I had completely forgotten. This find eliminated my plan of building a plywood frame saw as I originally planned. I opted t...
I know there are a lot of Roubo workbench builds posted in the last few years, but I have no apologies for adding another to the pile. Why did I start this? Mainly because my current bench is totally inadequate. It is a “weekend workbench” I’ve used for a couple of years now, built before I really understood what I wanted or needed. It is made with 4×4 and 2×4 pressure treated legs and stretchers, a laminated MDF top, 2’ x 5’ in size. It has a face vise...
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