Unexpectedly, my Norton oil stones arrived today, a day earlier than estimated. So after completing the glue up on my drafting table I set about putting together a sharpening station so I can start the process of getting all of the blades in my shop acceptably sharp and ready for use. Here is a quick pic of the drafting table that will be mounted on a hinge on the wall when I expand my shop: I have decided to utilize the method demonstrated to me by Steve Branam (http://www.closegrai...
So I believe strongly that a large part of carpentry in the modern world is using updated tools. That’s why I posted this image of some of my most important tools. I understand if you disagree with this sentiment, and I respect that, but I wanna know what everyone else thinks. By way of explanation, the first and foremost is DraftSight (2d Rendering Module), second is Microsoft Word 2010, third is Mozilla Firefox (Internet browser). Agree or disagree, is designing and modeling y...
I just finished my drafting/desk and finally brought it into the house this evening. This was a great project to make and there were two new techniques I used on this project, so I learned a lot. As part of the design for this desk I decided that I wanted a slight taper and curve to the legs and I wanted a deep red Mahogany color. After making a template for the legs I contemplated how to cut each leg out, the fastest way would have been to either use a flush trim bit with a router agains...
I have pressed on with the lofting and got the stations, stem pieces and skeg pieces lofted. The basswood didn’t like taking all the turns and my two 24” pieces are now a handfull of 2-4” inch pieces from all the breaks. The stations went together alright with some minor changes to fair the curves. they are drawn upside down so that when i make templates they all have a common bottom reference point for laying out the molds. I drew out all the stem pieces so that i c...
I have finally finished the woodworking part of the drafting desk and am now ready for the finishing. I believe it turning out pretty well. I do have a funny story about putting the top together. I have said before that usually work on larger boards up at my fathers shop in North Carolina. I decided to make the top up there as it would be easier to make and my wife and I were driving up for the weekend from Atlanta anyway. I had all of the boards for the top jointed and the biscuits cu...
I bought some 1/4” x 1/16” x 24” basswood strips to use as batons and continued with the lofting. I’ts about like doing the full size lofting with 3/8” planks and crayons, but it’s a good start. I started with the sheer line in both profile and plan view to get a sense of the shape. I also lofted the keel and keelson. And then the stem. And finally the deadwood. The upper waterlines all turned into a bit of a mess because they are so clos...
Thanks to all of you for the warm welcome to lumberjocks! I’m anticipating tremendous growth in my woodworking skills as a result of “rubbing elbows” with you fine people. I’ve been a graphic artist and illustrator for 12 years now. Until recently, my work and family have captured the majority of my time and I have had little to spare for woodworking projects. But now things are opening up and I have two projects I’ve given myself. 1) My wife wants a pair o...
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