After posting a few of these neat little calls I thought some other folks might like to know how to make them. They are an easy project and another way to use some of that scrap wood. The easiest way to make a scratch box is to have a dedicated mortiser set up with a 1/2”cutter but since I don’t have one here is how I do it. If you do have one you can quickly see how to use it to accomplish what I am doing. I start with a 1 & 5/8”“x4” piece 1/2” t...
So, have you ever wondered how to plane a large piece of wood for a work bench without a workbench? Yep, me too lol. This was another day full of learning. Lesson one was that the blade I had on my band saw was too wide to cut the hard wood and that was why I was having so much trouble with drift. Number two was that my Bucks Brothers 6 1/2” block plane is actually a decent little worker now that I have tuned it up. Lastly… it is hard as hell trying to face plane 36 X 5 3/4 ...
I made a little more progress this week. I now have the stretchers cut and fit. The first thing to do is to cut the mortises. It took a lot of fiddling and was pretty slow going with the mortises that are 2 1/2” deep by 3/4”. I could only get away with going about 3/16” w/ each pass that’s a lot of passes to get 2 1/2” deep on eight mortises. Next up was the tenons. These went much faster. Here they are roughed in using a dado on the table saw. I d...
After the last session, I had the outer case and the drawers completed. So I started here..In this session, I hung the drawers and made a floating base. So I ended here:..Steps1. Add slide hardware to inside of case by marking and then using spacer2. Add slide hardware to drawers3. Made templates for curved stretchers and cabriole legs4. Cut leg, stretcher and float base stock5. Cut loose tenon joinery6. Cut curved stretchers7. Cut cabriole legs8. Cut floating base stretchers9. Fini...
This pile of lumber may not look like much but it will magically turn in to two of my Fishy Coffee Tables and a Toy Box. :-) Turns out I need another 10 feet of white pine, so off to the store I go tomorrow. It makes it easy that a lot of the work for all three projects can be done ahead of time in a batch. Things like ripping the edges off the 2×4’s and ripping the 1×12 white pine into three pieces each. All of that was after I cut them into rough lengths so it would be ea...
This Week I show you how to make a folding out feed table for your table saw. This design was based after an article and plan found in a 2009 issue of Woodworker’s Journal Magazine. Originally the plan was designed for a Cabinet saw with a Biesemeyer Fence System, so I had to make some slight modifications for my Porter Cable Saw. In this 3 part video series I show you a step by step on building this project as well as talk about the modifications I had to make. The Article and plans ca...
I’ve been somewhat side tracked on this project but was able to get a few things accomplished. I was able to the cut mortises for the legs. Massive holes 2 1/2” deep. I had to get a special long pattern bit to able to use the plunge router. I had to make a couple of templates for the routing. The next step was fine tune the fit on the tenons and cut them to length. Once that was accomplished I wanted to rout the slot for the board jack. This is something that I thou...
The tool chest design continues to mature. My goal is to have “modular” chests that are built in the Gerstner style, perhaps beefed up a bit for more handling strength. The smoked plastic doors provide lockable dust protection. Have worked out where most things will go in.
It’s been a couple of weeks since I updated. Funny how life gets in the way of what you’d really like to be doing… The cases and frames are mostly done and dry-fit. There’s a little tweaking still, but nothing really major. I still need to decide on how to join the face frames. I’m torn between dowels or taking the dive and getting a plate joiner. Good excuse for a new tool… Next real step will be getting the dividers on the wide cabinets cut to ...
I had this brilliant idea that I could save myself a bunch of money using salvage lumber. Considering I have never done anything like this before, it may have been an ambitions boast. I am in a certificate program that keeps me busy about 35 hours a week and I still try and hold down the “day job”. I don’t have a lot of extra time. Driving down the street I found a large furniture pallet and figured that would be a good start… I picked this puppy up on Janua...
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