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So I made some pretty good progress over the last few weeks on one of the beds. The headboard and footboard combined have about 40 mortise and tenon joints, and some pretty precise geometry. The smaller mortises were made with a forstner bit and squared them up with a chisel. All of the smaller pieces in the headboard are flush with one another.Everything is so tight in the dry-fit stage that it probably could survive without a glue-up. With all of the pieces, I’m probably going to use ...
and I mean literally – we’ve had a snow storm here, and the garage is covered with more than a foot of snow. It was blazing outside and the high winds were blowing snow all over the place. my garage is unheated, but neither of those stopped me from making the most I could with an open window of time I got this weekend. I caved in, and ordered an Incra router plate for the top when they just posted the phenolic version on sale for $35 (they had a 10% off last week). I really ...
I came across this eBay listing today. Its a book Traditional Japanese Carpentry Ornate Miter Dovetails. I wish it weren’t $100 because it looks amazing. I would love to own it (hint hint, Santa). Anyway, here is a sample from the eBay posting I thought you might like to see it: It just goes to show what a big world it is out there. There are so many different cultures, philosophies, methods, etc. out there that westerners don’t usually come in contac...
Thursday, October 1, 2009Day 2 Continued Hardwood Comes from deciduous trees that drop their leaves every year.broad Leaves, enclosed nuts, higher density, Mostly deciduousCost: ExpensiveExamples of Trees: Aspen, Poplar, Birch, Elm, Maple.Applications: used for furniture but less frequently than softwoodDensity: Higher density, which means the wood is harderFound Where: Hardwood is found all around the world in the north and the Tropics Softwood Comes from Trees that are conifer and hav...
By clicking here, you should get to a Google Doc of about 41 pages of the Joinery section. Let me know if you have any problems accessing it.
Barn Cat in Training and More…. I might as well introduce a new member in my barn and tell you some of her history. To start out with it might also help if I was to explain that the barn you are seeing here is an English Barn dated from around 1780. My wife and I started gutting this barn back in 2000 and then while I was on the road most of that winter, she along with a crew took the barn down in about a weeks time after numbering all the bents. Next after taking a year to get o...
While I would like to believe that I could dedicate enough time each day to run to the shop and chop a set of tails, I know that I’m kidding myself. But I’m determined to give myself the practice necessary to improve my sawing and chiseling skills, in the hopes that I can develop the kind of muscle memory I see in some of the really good woodworkers. To give you some context, I started this hobby around early 2006. I am, by no means, an excellent woodworker, but I strive to c...
Finally after getting the table saw and tuning it, I’m able to get back on track with woodworking projects… I still dont have my router table, so using the incra fence wouldn’t be possible to get the dovetails done. I read “The Bandsaw Book”, and it had a really nice Jig for making dovetails on the bandsaw with handcut look and fit, but with the automation of a machine and jig. I really liked the idea, and figured I’d use that technique. unfortunatel...
I stopped by the library this week and picked up a few books on tools. The goal is to educate myself sufficiently that I know what I’ll want to be doing with the tools. This week the selections are: Jim Tolpin’s Table Saw MagicGreat for my intended purpose. The first 45 pages are nothing but the basics: types of saws, setup, tune-up, upkeep. The rest of the book (the bulk of it) is devoted to the myriad uses of a table saw and while details are occasionally thin, there ar...
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