I lost count, but I think I have now applied about 12 coats of polyurethane. Nearly 1/2 gallon. After about 7 coats, the endgrain finally stopped soaking it in. So at that point, I basically had a 3/32” thick “plastic” top, as hard as a butcher block. Which is exactly what I wanted. I tried to put the poly on as thick as possible, sanding down all the high spots between coats. After the 7 coats, I realized it wasn’t as flat as I’d like, as I was sanding th...
It is spring cleaning time at my shop. So I was taking some pictures of stuff I do not use to list on CL for sale. I took a picture of an old dovetail jig I have never been too fond of, when I had an idea... A while back I salvaged some plastic strips that had been used as packing material for something at work. It suddenly struck me that it was about the same size and type as the plastic on the jig. I have another custom made jig I use, but it is not handy to clamp it to the workpiece. So,...
This is a video on how to set up and use the Loose Tenon and Mortise Jig I developed over the past few weeks. It is in three pieces. Part One Part Two Part Three I made two project entries: First One - pre-tested and the Second One - post-tested
Here is an Aussie invention that may interest many woodworkersIt’s called the Scribe MateIt was shown on the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) TV network recently.I thing it’s a great ideaHere is a link !http://www.abc.net.au/tv/newinventors/txt/s2831488.htm
Wormy soft maple rocker ( Hal Taylor version ) #6: Stacks to rockes, extra width to back braces, jigs
Empty clamp rack…... hmmm what could that mean, where did they go? Here they are, adding the ” stacks ” to my rockers, and adding a little thickness to the bottom of the back braces While i’m showing the rocker Jig, I might as well show the back brace jig, both are 8, 3/4’’ pieces of mdf, I think I went a little over killbut hey if i’m building chairs for the next 30 yrs it was worth it! Arms glued next step is shaping top...
I’ve uploaded instructions for how to use the router jig in my project section. Enjoy. (And let me know if you reckon you could improve it.) instructions @ theloveofwood
Quite a few years ago I made a fence positioning jig from a design by Nick Engler. It was nice and worked fine, but when I built a new router table I also built a split fence so I would have the option of moving the outfeed side of the fence outwards to fully support the workpiece through the entire cut when jointing. I just occurred to me that I could use the positioning jig together with my split fence as shown below. One full turn of the handle on the positioner and the fence moves 1mm ...
One of the reasons I got my Rikon 14” Deluxe was to mill small logs into lumber and bowl blanks. In order to do this safely it is important to keep the log steady while pusing it past the blade. Here is my version of a log sled that I built for it 1) The base is 3/4” BB Ply. On the top I have placed two Incra tracks to help adjust the depth of cut. 2) I have added a runner to the bottom to ride in the miter slot on the BS. (it also fits in the slot in my router table ...
I saw a post on here at one point, and also in an old issue of shopnotes about a mortising jig for my plunge router that seemed quick and easy. Since I need to cut a bunch of mortises for the blanket chest I am making I figured I would make one. I made some slight changes to it by using acrylic instead of hardboard and I used fender washers under the wing nuts. The runners were made from scrap maple which was sanded smooth and coated with a few coats of wipe on poly. It seems to sit on ...
Sunday had been relaxing. Henry spent the day finishing his dado jig for his router. He was starting to get comfortable using the router and was able to create a straight edge, then from that, square up the jig. He could hardly believe it when he put the square on each corner and they were all at 90 degrees. What a rush. After he finished the jig and photographed it for posterity he relaxed a bit and bought a new case journal. He jotted down a few of his thoughts. Jan 2, 1955...
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