Earlier this week, I decided to try cutting a dovetail joint for the first time. I had bought a Veritas dovetail saw earlier in the year and I had never taken it out of the box. As you can see from the pictures, it was certainly not a success as far as the joint is concerned. I pretty much just started cutting. I had watched a few videos and even seen Frank Klausz cut them up close when he visited Highland Hardware. The good thing is that I now have one under my belt and the next one will...
I started this project for a friend a few months ago and will be putting the finishing touches on soon. It is a plywood box with pine face frame. I used my Kreg Jig for all the joints. This is the largest project I have tackled to date and has been a great learning experience. The plan has changed from the original drawings as we learned along the way. My wife might be a little upset that I have spent at least four times the cost of materials in new tools (and then some). I tell her it is an ...
My daughter wrote this article for my website and I thought I would share it with you all! Written By: Bonnie Bartay Some of my favorite memories as a young kid are spending time with my dad in his workshop. From a very young age, I remember playing in his shop while he worked. As an adult, I have helped my father with his construction business and now with Chris Mobley Designs. I do all of the paperwork part and even draw out plans but he does the real magic. I have never actually done...
Announcement! Summers Woodworking’s First Annual Creative 2×4 Contest Build 2013 is upholding a contest where you the woodworker will build something creative with a standard 2”x4”x8’ stud. Rules: You may enter only one project.By entering, you verify that your entry is your own creation (Note: Summers Woodworking is NOT responsible for monitoring authenticity). You must subscribe to my YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=SummersWood...
The other night I ate a fortune cookie and thought, hmm this one is accurate…. How did that cookie know I would be writing about accomplishing my first furniture build? I had fun building this chair. And now I’m going to be focusing on making it easier to build the next ones. I would like some input on what everyone’s opinions on what wood they think is best for outdoor furniture like this, and what looks best. I’m going to try cedar for the next one. If you ...
I read an article somewhere that said “if you’re a beginner you shouldn’t try to make your own shutters, it is a very difficult work that should be left to professionals” ... as stubborn as Iam, it looked like the right project to tackle on my learning travel … So, here I am so far, It is make of Pine ($$$ cost effective), and I’m using oil+wax as a finish, by request from my wife that saw me once trying it on a piece of scrap wood to see how it looked. ...
My wife saw a coffee table like this in a magazine, and asked if I could make one for her… the answer was of course “hell, yeah, your husband can build a fort for you”, but in the mean time, I was thinking, man, she knows the only thing I’ve done is an unintenationally skewed cabinet for the bathroom, that she doesn’t seem to notice, doesn’t care, or just doesn’t mention it. Anyway, I set out to buy the MDF sheet (up to today this is the only mater...
I’ve been trying very hard to create a honey dipper, but since I don’t have an appropriate parting tool, it’s next to impossible. I have gotten very good at turning a square 2″x2″ bit of super cheap construction lumber into 10″ long dowels that are about 2″ diameter. I’m also very good at making saw dust. Today I completed my first finished lathe project, the first project that didn’t explode before I was done making it! I made a nostepinne, which is a bit less involved than a honey dipper...
First off let me start by introducing myself. My name is John Gray, i’m currently 33 years old and live in Spencerport New York. I’ve been married to the love of my life for 7 years now and have 2 beautiful daughters (hence the title of my blog “3 girls and a woodworker”). I guess i’ve been into wood working for most of my life, i grew up with a dad that spent a lot of time in the workshop building things. He worked primarily with pine (becasue it was cheap) ...
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