I have my first project done, fireplace mantel. Added a few new tools.Thickness planer and router. We planned down some boards to 7/8” thickness.I clamped in pairs and used my #8 plane to match the ends.We glued enough boards for the top and a bottom shelf. Now I need to figure out how to flatten the tops of the joined boards.Need to read on on this.I am assuming #8 plane again. I am thinking of glueing up 3×3 legs.Not sure about the apron or how to attach the bottom sh...
This post is fairly image heavy—I’ll post a few here but to see all the images, please visit my woodworking blog) Accomplished a fair amount today. Before I got to work, I dusted off the base and the legs one final time and then primed the legs …and painted the base. It’s hard to tell, because I used white primer and white paint, but trust me, it looks nice in person. I put on two thin coats and used up almost a whole can of spray paint, but it sure does look ...
Tools for the Job Planing the gunnels requires a sharp hand plane, a straight edge and a flexible stick. I use a 10” smoothing plane for this task since it is easier to handle than a longer plane and much of the work is on a curve. On larger boats, I’ve used a hand-held power planer to good effect. I started with that and it seemed like overkill for 3/4” gunnels. Rib Transitions The angle that the plywood skin will land on the gunnel changes throughout the length...
Funny how I thought it’d take another week or so, but it actually showed up today! I had bought it on Amazon.com, from a seller in Japan, and figured they’d use the postal service (which they did), which usually takes 4-5 weeks to here from Japan. (Full size image here: http://i.imgur.com/2KCwBix.jpg) My keys and mobile phone pouch behind, for size comparison. Looks really pretty. A bit bigger than I had imagined – when someone says ‘mini’ to me, I ty...
As some of you may have seen, I built a prototype of a small infill smoother (blog starts here). This went well enough that I decided to make one for myself from precision ground steel. Well, as it turns out, with the way lengths work for precision ground O1, I ended up buying enough for 3 small smoothers and 4 blades, which is perfect, since the prototype needs a blade. So off went my money and a few days later, a package arrived with the steel, some new drill bits, and a scriber. A go...
By conservative estimate, over my 40 years of woodworking I have sanded several hundred miles of wood. My sanding odometer broke one day and I never fixed it so this is just a guess. I figure that I sanded enough wood for a line that went off as far as the eye could see into the desert and then beyond that. I sanded all that wood to within an inch of its life and then just a wee bit more. To be certain. I sanded the tops of tops and the bottom of tops. I sanded the insides of drawers and t...
I’m new to hand planes so I wanted to start with fixer uppers because I feel like the end result is the effort you put into it. I picked up a Stanley Bailey #4 and Millers Falls #9? For $40/pair. This is just the start with the Bailey and all I have done so far is a bath in Evapo Rust. More pics and progress to come. Any pointers are welcome as this is new to me. After an Evapo Rust bath
I have taken some long over due time off of work this week and am taking advantage of it as much as I can. Today I got busy on the frog, receiving plate and lever cap. Last week I had already finished adding the knob/tote screw posts and cut out and drilled the tote for this guy. Dug out a chunk of aluminum and started cutting… I REALLY need to consider a metal band saw lol… And with that done I had the “machined” base for the frog. Next w...
I had hoped to be further along on this by now but progress is still progress I suppose. I am taking some vacation time next week so hopefully I can get this mostly done by the end of the first week of DEC leaving just a few simple tools left to complete the set for Christmas. Anyhoo.. we left off with the rough joints brazed into the aluminum. After sanding for a few hours I finally broke down and picked up a belt sander for the shop. I had been tossing around needing one for about a y...
I thought I’d let my woodworking buddies know that my DVD was published! In my above video I share a preview of the DVD that I just produced & released with Popular Woodworking Magazine, titled: “Building a Traditional 18th Century Jointer Plane with Bill Anderson. It’s nearly 4 hours of instruction! Bill and I wanted to create a very affordable and detailed class that would be easily understood by both beginner and advanced woodworkers, and we achieved that…with the help of R...
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