The folks I am making the table for have two boys around the ages of 7-9 yrs. Their mom told me they are constantly swiping her paring and small steak knives to carve wood they find on their property. They are both inquisitive and artistic and are fascinated with my work. So with parental permission I am making this carving kit. Two beginner knives I got at the Greenville, SC. show, along with silica carbide powder for stropping, and Vetwrap tape for their thumbs. I made the strop, and the co...
The desks are now assembled and I started fabricating the drawer fronts and doors. After realizing I made the doors wrong and couldn’t use the concealed hinges that I wanted, I made another set.These pictures show some in progress shots of what I did to accommodate the hinges I have. The parts are marked and ready for drilling for the hinge cups. I used my General drill guide a lot on this project. Most of the drawer boxes are finished and I am now in the middle...
Howdy, I got a few hours of work in yesterday so I have a little progress to show. As promised, I’m providing more details about my third and final table of the Southwest series. I ripped up some American Walnut and Curly maple to one inch widths. I then cut up 40 pieces of Walnut to 3 inches. That is were I stopped with the precuts. ( I don’t have a joiner and I get variances on my rip cuts of 1/64th because I don’t always meet the fence with precision.) First thin...
10 Steps to Getting Started in Traditional Woodworking with Hand Tools #11: |Step 10| Learn how to Finish the Wood
Step 10 is one of my favorite steps, because you get to see the true beauty reveal itself in the wood, and the grain patterns shine forth! I’ll admit it, I’m not one of those woodworkers who love complex finish recipes, but I love making it as simple as possible. In the above video I introduced quite a few of the well-known finishes used by woodworkers (there’s probably a lot more) but I encourage everyone to experiment and find out which finishes they like the best. My favorite, easies...
In this entry I will cover the top construction for the nightstand. Before I get started I want to apologize for not having many pictures of the top construction. You may be asking “What’s the big deal about the top? It’s just a panel glue-up and edge routing…” Normally, I would say it’s not that big of a deal but since I am trying to match the style of existing furniture (at least in spirit) it was a little more complicated. The top is actually in t...
As of late, I have been helping a local cabinet maker get caught up on some work. Nothing fantastic, basic kitchen and bath cabinetry. Spending a few hours a week, building boxes in my shop while he works on the doors/drawers down the hill. Perfect opportunity for extra income to help get the planes flying. It’s also an excellent opportunity to document where old technology still wins in some parts of the modern shop. Let me show you two of the bigger steps in basic cabinetry and...
I have been busy, as of late, with actual work, going out of the shop to build, so I have been slow at getting pictures of this box uploaded. For any who are interested, here are current pictures. I need to put a finish on it, molding on it and complete the interior. (A small box that will be able to be lifted out for filters.) Last, but not least, I need to add some sort of handle on each side.
I know, more cheap shelves. Let’s face it, most of us would rather buy tools not shelves. With that in mind here is a shlef that only requires 2×4s, 1/2” plywood, wood screws,& some nuts,bolts, & washers. I have seen quite a few of your workshops out there, And a lot of you have metal buildings with C or Z purlins to columns type metal building construction. So this will be the kind of drawing that I’m posting today. You can apply the same principles to a buildi...
In the last blog, I completed the tails for the project (after a few mistakes). The next steps are a lot faster and less error prone. Line up to the A cuts and then first step in cutting the tails is to set the stop block so it just barely misses the bit. Making sure to keep you fence mark side aligned against fence (easy to forget for this step), cut one full set of pins, advancing to each A cut. Then check the fit. As you can see, I am shallow by 1/16”. So I ne...
So I got a monster solid-WOOD-core door from when they tore down the bowling alley on Redstone Arsenal. I now wish I had scored a few more, but that is hindsight. (PLEASE don’t even mention the actual alleys, you can read about that kind of heartache or learning experience “here on LJ:” We had big solid-core doors on offices at work. Long-story-short, I found a distributor who discarded many doors per quarter and was happy to give them away, details “HERE“ ...
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