So I know everyone out there has some of their own money saving tips and tricks. I thought I would try to share a few of the ones I use. This idea came to me today while wandering around one of my favorite stores, trying to find items to put in my discount shopping bag. I saw a package of plastic glue spreaders for sale for $3.50 (per 6), I have read of guys using old credit cards and such and I have a few of them in my box but the items I found that seems to work well serves two purposes ...
When I need to do a lamination I like an even bead of glue throughout the piece. I pick up an off-cut (most tenon cheeks are about the right size) and make one of these. A little bit of saw work. And you have a useful little tool. Forget to clean it…make another.
The outpouring of ideas from everyone has been incredibly helpful. I have been struggling with how I should get the router table to be flat, or at the very least to f sharp. So I sat at the piano and tickled the ivories. Many of you might be astonished to find that I play the piano; well you need not be, as I really don’t. When I turned 38, and realized it had been 20 years since I had graduated high school, it seemed that it was just about time to get my midlife crisis underway. I...
Sunday evening and it’s time to blog about the weekend in the shop. First on the agenda was to move the big tools around to make room to make a 54” by 144” table top in a two-car garage. Went to the blue box store and picked up a couple of 2×6 x 12’s and three sheets of 5/8 particleboard. I extended my workbench to be 4 foot by 12 foot. Works great! I took all of the 1×12’s out of the dinning room and straightened and made both edges paralle...
Time to glue up. Since I painstakingly fit each tenon to it’s matching mortise, I was fairly confident that glue-up would go ok. To solve the short clamp issue, I went down to the hardware store & got some couplers to hook pipes together to get more length out of my pipe clamps. Also, I borrowed some longer parallel clamps from a friend – and I’m glad he had them! I did a dry assembly & everything worked great. It was a little tricky to do by myself, but I g...
My cabinets will have two visible solid panels. In this blog I will show the process I use in panel glue up (for bettor or for worse). Stock Selection Although the face frame stack is quartersawn, most of the original end panels in our house are plain sawn. About a year back a neighbor game me some old growth fir. Tasty!This wood was beautiful and will become the most visible panel. I also resawed some old beams to create the stock for the second less visible panel. I left the stock...
I got some good suggestions in my last post about what to do with this block that I glued up from mostly reclaimed red oak pallet wood: One of the ideas I liked best was an end grain cutting board. I realized I had pics of each side of the block, so I made a block in SketchUp of the same dimensions, then slapped on textures from those pictures. It looked like this: Now I could cut that up by drawing lines at the locations where I wanted the cuts, then using the push/pull tool t...
Well, I got started on the console by gluing up the boards for the top and the three large brackets. Since I had the lumber on hand and I didn’t want to go buy lumber, I’m gluing together boards to make the thick brackets (Norm of course had stock that thick). I used a planer sled to flatten the boards for the brackets since they are too wide for my jointer. That went pretty well and I was planning to do the same for the wide boards for the top, but it was just too long, heav...
Here it is unclamped. It is amazingly within a 1/32 inch roundness. Good enough.
Well, with the boards for the top cut to rough length and rough thickness, and the general layout for the top decided on, it’s time to start squaring up the lumber and getting ready to glue the top all together. I started out with jointing one face and one edge flat and square on the 6” general jointer. I set up a roller stand to the exact height on both the infeed and outfeed side. It’s time consuming, but squaring all the lumber is probably the single most important step i...
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