I had this moment where it clicked – out of all the stupid hobbies and interests I’ve spread my attention so thin across, the one that really drives me and could be a career is definitely lutherie. I’ve always been into upgrading and repairing my own instruments, and working on friends’ gear. It’s also in my blood: That’s my paternal grandfather’s work. Unfortunately I never got to meet him as he died when my father was young. Still, just knowi...
I’m in the middle of an oak trestle table build for my son & DIL, and currently just finished gluing up the top. The top is made from three 17” wide boards, purchased at a local saw mill, and the owner was gracious enough to provide S2S for me on this purchase, as I mentioned to him that my planer is limited to 13”. Even though the top boards are surfaced to 3/4”, I know I’ll need to plane & scrape after glue up to remove all machining marks, so I want...
It’s been such a beautiful summer that I haven’t spent any time in the shop, and the project has suffered. My wife reminded me this present is way overdue (graduation was in June). That lit a little fire and I got back to work over this long Labor Day weekend. It really felt good to get back in the shop and start building again – really cleared my mind of life’s clutter. So, I put on some feet… Then, I built the face frame. I started with just the four ...
Made some pretty good progress in the shop after I got home this evening. When I have a better network connection I will fill in more details.
I got the partition in today and glued and screwed into the bottom fixed shelf. I ran out of clamps so im going to have to wait till tomorrow before I can attach the piece I am holding in the second picture.
It’s been a while since I posted anything! I started a new job a couple of months ago and other things have taken a back seat. I got back down into the workshop last weekend after a trip to Lee Valley and a find on the local classifieds. I picked up a few small tools—a chisel and a dovetail saw, most notably—at the former and a 10-year-old Craftsman router at the latter. The router works well but sorely needs some new bits. I haven’t had much occasion to play with it y...
Here is an idea for gun owners that don’t have a gun case or space for a wall gun case. That being said it is not just for guns, you can display just anything that will fit in the case, such as coins, knick knacks, precious mementos. The dimensions are 5’ by 2’ by 18” when it will be finished. There will also be a drawer under the showcase in the center of the table. The wood used is reclaimed barn wood from my barn.
Leg glue up. Yes, those are some nice burns on the wood. Lumber cut to size. My first mortise and tenon. Ever. Headboard minus panels, dry fit. Tuning the slot for a panel. Drilling (Forstnering?) another mortise. This is my method for inserting the nut for the bed bolt. I got the idea from a magazine, but this method set me back some hours. I would probably just use a barrel nut next time. Still, it looks pretty good. Today, my orbital sa...
Next up was making the drawers for the table. As it was my first time doing hand cut half blind joints, I put myself through a practice run, making two drawers (sans bottoms) with scrap, before using the real grain matched pieces, and potentially screwing those up. I had my how-to down pretty well, but I wanted to get a little more experience in my muscles, and be able to notice any bad trends in technique and correct them. Here’s my efforts, with poplar for the sides & back...
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