I’m baaaaaack! (Sort of) It’s been over a year now since my last post—it’s amazing how much time 3 kids can eat up. My youngest son was born in January of 2014 and pretty much all of last year was devoted to helping care for the infant while making sure the older two (now 6 and 4) didn’t (a) kill each other or (b) burn the house down while attempting (a). The workshop was closed up for the winter last year around this time and I have shamefully relegated the workbench to a storage re...
Had a lot of fun producing my video on the setup of my first Japanese plane (‘Kanna’). It’s tempting to leave the entire process in, and much easier too, but for the sake of viewer sanity I cut out periods of sole and bed scraping, and blade lapping, etc. just leaving enough to show the methods. It still runs to twenty minutes, but hopefully anyone interested will stick with it to see the results! I can’t figure out how to embed it here on the page, but you can w...
Pretty little box with a clever lid. Definitely on the list of projects.http://makezine.com/projects/make-34/japanese-toolbox/
Handles attached. Fitting battens for the lid. The lid with battens attached with drywall screws. The lid has been glued and screwed and is resting on the end caps. This one is all done except for the diagonal batten. Diagonal batten fitting well. Top all finished!
Got some more work done on my second box. Bottom piece glued-up and trimmed and attached with #8 X 2” drywall screws. Inside the box with bottom attached.
Finished cutting the mortises and everything fit pretty well. Just had to run the rasp over a couple of the joints to level everything first. Then got the sides all glued up. Diagonal measurements are the same – square overall. This one is coming out better than the first one (so far). Just more pictures of each of the square mortise/tenons.
Marking out the mortises – shallow chisel cuts on outside edges and nail punch the center so forstner bit will center correctly. 3/4” Forstner bit works well. Chopping the corners out with a 3/4” chisel. Works well. Close-up of one mortise at the beginning cuts. Initial fit for the first set of mortises. Pictures of the mortise/tenon fit. Much better (less gaps) than the first box I made recently. Inside corner. Outside corner. One...
I enjoyed making the first one so much, here goes number 2. I decided to leave the drywall screws in the batten boards on the top of the first box. I like the way they look, and I like the way they grip/hold stuff down. I’ve been using drywall screws to put stuff together for since forever. I think they look fine. Kind of utilitarian. That fits my style well. So I am going to use 1-1/4” DW screws for the flat joins and 2-1/2” DW screws for the perpendicular joins (bugle head...
First off, I should have used epoxy. Secondly, my experiment with coloring yellow glue went awry. Well, somewhat anyway. I found a way to make a nice dark brown color (could be used successfully on some dark walnut). I just got into the cupboard and found some cheap food coloring like they sell to color easter eggs. I added a bunch of red first, and that came out sort of magenta looking, so I added a little bit of each of the other colors: yellow, green, blue. Mixed it with regular Elmer̵...
Getting the ends put on the top now. Both end top pieces are glued and screwed on. This piece is 3-1/2” wide. And this piece is 3” wide. A view inside with the end piece on top. These dowels are definitely too soft. Next time hardwood or poplar dowels. Or maybe square nails. Flush cut and sanded. One end done. OK, I’m sold. This is the best saw blade I’ve ever owned. Smoothest cut ever! Getting ready do glue up an extra board to make ...
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