It’s been such a beautiful summer that I haven’t spent any time in the shop, and the project has suffered. My wife reminded me this present is way overdue (graduation was in June). That lit a little fire and I got back to work over this long Labor Day weekend. It really felt good to get back in the shop and start building again – really cleared my mind of life’s clutter. So, I put on some feet… Then, I built the face frame. I started with just the four ...
Well last night I was piddlin round with an idea to make a ripping fence/jig to attach to my circ saw. The one that came with it apparently grew feet and walked away, when i was on my last boat trip. I have some 9 and 10 foot long SYP 2×10-12s i want to rip the pith out of for a future project. Longest board i can try to rip on my table saw is 8’ give or take an inch. I was trying to rip out some ~1/4” strips to frame out the circ saw base on a piece of plywood. One of the st...
After 4 years I decided my boxer dog, Raiden, needed a friend. After it was decided that his new friend would be a mastiff that could be 3 times (!!) his size, it seemed like a good idea to build them a dog house in the yard that would be big enough for both of them. The project was started with some general dimensions in mind but from there was pretty much off the cuff. It is completed so I will do multiple posts as time permits to show the process. Foundation: 2-3 inches deep of g...
So, I managed to grab a Stanley #604 hand plane, a bit and brace, a chest hand drill, and a mini-anvil from my grand father’s shed. He passed away several years ago from Alzheimer’s so it is a special gift to have a couple of his tools. The Stanley was covered in rust, but not as bad as I thought. I wish I had taken a before picture, but if you look at the other tools, you may have an idea of the condition the hand plane was in. I was able to remove the rust quite easi...
I am building a greenhouse and wanted to post some info here about the greenhouse. I just can’t deal with posting in both places, so have decided because the greenhouse relates more to gardening to post my info in my gardening blog. So if your interested check it out over in GardenTenders. I am providing sufficient details, so if someone choose to do so, you could build a replica of my greenhouse.
But she’s done. Was able to finish up the jig today by making the hold-downs and a couple of knobs. Also added in the pin on the handle and cut the reference edge. The hold downs and knobs I cut with my jig-saw table. They’re ugly, but I think they’ll work. Maybe someday in the future I’ll make some that look better. Looking forward to using this on my next project, adding a lumber rack to my garage-shop. Keep working and be safe.
We need a Murphy bed next winter in Arizona and I did not want to buy the hardware. That takes all the fun out of designing it yourself and costs $360. So I looked at a lot of bed designs and settled on one that used HD pivots, gas springs for counterbalance and a swing out leg support rather than the fold down kind.The parameters were a twin mattress (7×39 x 75), had to flip long ways and enough room inside for making the bed. Then I had to decide on the pivot points, the foot pivot ce...
The third video in a series about building the Ultilmate work table with a multifunctional top, designed by Allan Little. To watch Allan buil his work table, go to his YouTube channel at AskWoodMan.TV .
Today proved to be productive even if it did take all day! :-( I had all the pieces for the second cabinet except for one and I had to cut some dadoes in another. These were the cut to fit parts of the tray cubbies and the tool cubbies. I won’t bore you with pics of the front since they are the same as the first one I built. Here is the cabinet from the back side. This pic shows the French cleat and bottom spacer attached. Close up of the cleat. And the spacer. ...
To prepare for the next phase of the makeover, I demoed the old work bench that has served me well for the last 20+ years. Fortunately, it was built with drywall screws and came apart easily. I only had to pull the 6 nails that I used to fasten it to the wall. I called a friend and he came over and loaded it up. In a week or so, I’ll go help him set it up in his garage. I cleaned up the area and painted the part of the wall that I could get to. Then with a lot of pushing and pulling,...
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