I found another day off, so I immediately ran out into the shop before I could get distracted. I was able to finish the joinery on the base ends. As with everything else in life, the relative ease of the BeadLock Pro has disadvantages in repeatable accuracy. I don’t know how or why, but I do eight mortises and they only come out within 1/16” of each other. This has caused a 1/8” difference between the mortises, pretty much ruining my reveal on the spindles. I’ll f...
I was able to squeeze another good day in the shop around work. I ran off to buy some more oak, then got home and planed enough of it down to glue up the stretchers/aprons for the table ends. While the laminations were cooking, I decided to give the BeadLock Pro a whirl. Having made integral tenons with chiseled mortises, and loose tenons with the router, I have to say this method is considerably easier and faster. First, I was able to cut off the parts to their finished length, without...
Disclaimer: This blog follows my Magen David Board that is already finished and posted here This phase of the project took on a different pace. it was all hand tools oriented, and I was able to work on it at nights and at quick sessions as there was little setup involved, and not a whole lot of noise. To start. I took my old drill press table that was just hanging around the shop useless after I upgraded it and screwed a straight piece of cherry left over from my milling process to act ...
I have done videos in the past about how I handle hand cut dovetails for drawers, so for this current project I decided it didn’t make much sense to just highlight the same techniques. Instead, I focused on several challenges I faced with this most recent set of drawers, ranging from some tricky grain to sharpening fatigue. This won’t teach you how to build a drawer, but you might find a few tips you can apply in your shop.
We all heard how one has to be carefull on gluing certain parts together on a project such as cross grain, free floating panels, and so on. When I first started woodworking, I made every mistake possible including certain glue-ups that I wouldn’t do today. My idea back then was to paint the joint with glue and forget about it. But as I look at my earlier projects from 20 years ago I see how ugly my work was, but I am also surprised at how well those cross grain glue-ups are holding...
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 ...
Five weeks ago, Gorilla Glue has challenged us to create something unique by reusing and recycling old materials. LumberJocks responded with creativity and in the end we all can admire 42 unique woodworking projects as a result of this challenge. Here are the winners of cool prize packages from Gorilla Glue (random draw by random.org): Grand Prize consists of $200 plus 1 of each Gorilla Glue’s products and a Gorilla Glue t-shirt. Triumph1 Five runner-up prizes; winners wi...
Has anyone ever made or seen a counter top made like an end grain cutting board. I am thinking of trying it. Counter top would be 34 square feet minus the built in cook top and sink. it will be about 4500 square inchs. i would like to make it in a herring bone pattern with 1 1/2×4 pieces. What glue would i have to use? It would be in oak, cherry, some walnut and maple. I figure it to be 1” thick set on 3/4 inch plywood. Any ideas from you guys would help. Or should...
The only thing new will be the glue.LumberJocks & Gorilla Glue Challenges you to reduce your footprint for Earth Day. Dumpster Dive Scrape pile scavenge Straighten those nails Reuse old screws Create something unique by reusing and recycling old materials… The only thing new will be the glue. PRIZES Gorilla Glue will have 6 random winners of the following great prizes: 1 Grand Prize will consist of $200 plus 1 of each Gorilla Glue’s products and a Gori...
There was a book written a few years ago entitled Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. While I am not an advocate of violence, I do sometimes entertain the thoughts of various purgatories for the author. I do understand Richard Carlson’s point about trying to live life stress free and not worry so much about little things, but it is the little things that often make or break us. As Charles Bukowski once wrote - it’s not the large things thatsend a man to themadhouse, death he&...
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