After shopping for gates to corral our 11-month old crawler, my wife and I decided none of the available products provided the features we wanted. We also found the better units to be quite expensive. I began to think the “universal” nature of these things was limiting their ability to be very good at anything. Lots have a crossbar to trip over, others have strange latches, and none seemed like something we wanted to spend a bunch of money on. I spent some time in SolidWorks...
I just decided to take up wood working a little over a year ago due to health reasons. I could not continue with my past hobbies, so I decided to take up WW late in life. I know that I will never get the years of experience needed to accomplish what others do, but if I am having fun, so what? Fun is fun, at whatever level one is at. I work exclusively with pine or fir due to low cost and easy availability. I even use pocket hole screws, and pin nailers! My first project was a basic 5...
I was in need of reorganizing my work space, so I started with finishing this fir bench that I had framed up a few years back to double it as a outfeed table. All the wood used was reclaimed, therefore at no cost. At this point I will move it to it’s new spot in my shop and match the table saw to the back left corner and line up for routing out Miter slide tracks in the top. The handles are made of Spalted Oak. You can see a video of the build here… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nppe9...
I decided to take my wife’s strong hinting that dowels would “look better” than capped screws as a justification to pick up some new woodworking tools and accessories. Stopped by my local Woodcraft this evening and picked up a dowel center set. I almost spent some more money for a doweling jig, but decided to use my Kreg shelf pin jig to make myself a drill guide (I don’t have a drill press at home). After a few minutes of creative clamping (no vise either) and dril...
A few weeks ago, I was looking through my humble wood stash and saw a few large boards of remaining fir from my Wing Chun Dummy project and wondered what I could make for my family that would be a practical use of material. Later that day, I had to lift my daughter up to the sink to wash her hands, when it hit me that a step stool would be useful. Knowing that I have plans on making the Popular Woodworking I Can Do That Step Stool, I had to come up with a different design for the fir. Be...
About a year ago I moved onto 5 acres full of nice size fir and cedar trees a lot of trees. We cut down about a half acre for garden and chicken space. From the trees we cut down we got 5000 board feet of one inch and two inch fir timbers (mostly 10inch wide by 10 to 20ft long) and a tonne of one inch cedar planking (averaging about 14inches wide). That’s a lot of wood for one lowly carpenter but I think I will manage. Well first things first. Dig a garden and get the chickens out of...
It is that time of year, time to put up the Christmas Tree…I’ve grown fond of smaller trees (the so-called “Table Top” size), but apparently so have many other people, because they’re getting increasingly hard to find!Luckily, those of us who work with wood can improvise…This year, the Tree will go next to our Front Window, so others can enjoy it as much as we do…I placed the Tree stand in the desired spot and measured to the ceiling… The Sky is...
As a life time wood worker returning to hand tool use, I found my tool set lacking. My dad made me learn hand tools before power tools could be touched, that being said, It’s only been recently that I have returned to hand tools as my primary means of working wood. That being said, I do posses a working set of saws, planes, chisels, etc. The big hole was a stable secure place to hold the wood while working it. One of the most important and basic tools for hand tool users are benches...
Had just about finished sanding 816 in preparation to painting when my ROS decided to spill its guts. It was weird there was no indication it was going to fail, just bam mid sanding the bottom pops out. The motor didn’t stop or buzz just no more sanding pad. I was going to see if I could get it back together but I am going to push on with the painting. The choice of paint colours is what was left in the house from various other DIY projects. I am gaining some painting ex...
I couldn’t find any brushes and I don’t like shopping on Sunday so I thought instead of painting I’d just work on the mast mount. Now I’d initially had this really complicated mount in my head (a dark and scary place at the best of times:-) but after a bit of advice, from shipwright, on how strong the step would need to be I simplified my plan. So I squared up a piece of Douglas Fir I think I got from my Dad before evening leaving the College, so its a well t...
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