When it comes to building boats, I guess after 30 years of it I am a professional, but as a hobby woodworker I’m pretty new. Boatbuilding has given me lots of skills and abilities with tools but the scale of projects and the individual manual skills required to make small cabinets and art furniture are totally different. I am a real beginner at this stuff and am having a ball trying to learn everything at once. I retired five and a half years ago, following which my wife and I rebuilt o...
I’m still trying to organise my clamps and keep them within reach but out of the workspace.I find it is harder than it looks. I have about thirty of fourty small clamps that I use for various projects. Until now I kept them in a box and it was not working for me that well expecially for glue ups. I whacked this together this morning: From small clamp holder.The nice thing is it hangs above me on a clamp hook and out of the way most of time except when I need them.From small clamp ...
Did you know… Americans will consume 10 million tons of turkey on Thanksgiving Day. Due to turkey’s high sulphur content Americans will also produce enough gas to fly a fleet of 75 Hindenburghs from L.A. to New York in 24 hours!.... Talk about a windy day!.... Just a little turkey day trivia! :)
When I first built the stand I decided on making it a little taller then the plans to add a drawer. That’s still in process. As well as a drawer I have stared making extension wings for use when the miter saw is being used.The extensions have a fence on them which makes them unusable with the planner, that is if I mounted the planner side ways. I’m not concerned with that because when I use the planner its usually quick (in – out) and do not leave lumber on it. Besides I hav...
As usual, I’m looking for an easier way to do a task when I’m woodworking.Every so often I find myself needing to do more to some mortise and tenon joinery and have often thought that I wanted a dedicated mortiser. My first big problem is I simply don’t have room for another machine in my shop the second problem is I’m basically lazy and I just hate ten minute set ups for 5 minute jobs.I was reading Bill Hiltons great book on using the router and I noticed that he had shown ...
Okay, things are coming along with the router table project. The last thing that I worked on was making the insert plate for the router. I opted to make one because I don’t have the money to spend on a manufactured one. Besides, I hade some 1/4” aluminum plate that a friend gave me which worked out really well. Here is where I need your input. I need to know if I should make the diameter of the through hole the same size as the diameter of my largest router bit, in this case ...
Yes, there’s light at the end of the tunnel and it’s not a freight train. I was able to make really good progress on the router table/outfeed extension today. Here’s how it looks so far; I appologize for the quality of the picture, I had to use my phone. By adding this I now have 21” more width and an additional 9” of outfeed. You can see the rough cut out where the router will go. Having reached this point I can now start planning for the cabinet tha...
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.Thomas Edison, Inventor and Scientist (1847 – 1931) Often times in our woodworking shops we need to cut thin wood strips for our projects and in many cases the table saw is often considered the tool of choice by woodworkers. However, the band saw is proving to be the winner in my workshop especially when very thin strips of wood are needed for my wood projects such as wood ...
I have spent about six months looking at various pictures, plans and ideas that other woodworkers used for their woodworking bench. I finally settled on a design that I saw in Popular Woodworking. I chose the 21st Century Woodworking bench.
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