Ok, I’m back… Had a bit of an issue with the bending iron. It seems it is rather delicate and putting it on high (10) is a no no. It’s a Watlow ‘Firerod’ embedded in the aluminum tower. The current flow at 10 apparently burns out the element? It requires about an hour to get to bending temperature – and had I read the sheet that it came with… It was repaired free of charge and henceforth I will be careful to mind the dial! Nothing past 5 from no...
The other day I found that no matter how safe you try to be accidents do happen. Case in point, jointing a piece of oak using two push blocks to run the board through, the board exploded the blocks flew away and my left hand went into the blades. I amputated the top of my ring and middle finger and part of my index finger. It could have been worse. I am on blood thinners so this posed a whole bunch of complications.So I am stressing my fellow jocks, if you are not comfortable with a ce...
Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.Albert Einstein, Theoretical physicist…1879 – 1955. One weekend a while back while in the shop I came across a few pieces of scrap black walnut that had some beautiful grain patterns. Before long I began to think about how I could maximize the amount of material that was available. The walnut was just over 3/4” thick and the next thing I knew I was ripping the wood to a thickness of about 7/16” ...
I few days ago I started to make a cutting board. While cutting the materials for said cutting board I had found that while cross cutting my pieces that they would cut fine and then scrape the back of the blade. Check blade to miter and exactly the same front and back. OK change my reference point for bottom and side against my incra miter gauge. Ok cuts a straight cut. Wait not so fast. Readjust miter gauge, get rid of play in miter slot, resquare the fence to tab and off to the races. Gl...
My good mate and fellow woodworker, Col, lobbed over yesterday with a small slab of White Cedar… He wanted me to break it down and dress it up…2/3 for him and I keep 1/3… good deal… The slab was just over 2 metres [6 feet] long and 50 mm [2 inches] thick and just wide enough to fit in my thickenesser.. ie 380 mm [or 15 inches] wide.. It was a good thing that the slab was both flat and straight… otherwise I would have had to take it over to the TWC to fla...
I was the fortunate recipient of a load of oak, ash, birch, maple, jatoba and some bamboo today. Thank you Eric. In this lot there were some strips of 1/2” & 3/4” thick solid core bamboo plywood. I know people sell bamboo cutting boards. So,I was thinking of cutting these into strips, stand them on edge, gluing them together and would end up with an end grain bamboo cutting board. Will this stuff glue easly? I know some woods don’t glue very well. Anyone have any...
I forgot to cover cutting the biscuits for the face frames in the last blog entry. So here we go. Using story stick, I marked the biscuit centers on the face frame styles. And I marked the center of one rail to set up the jig. Then I used a biscuiting jig that I built using plans from Wood Magazine to cut the FF sized biscuit joints for the face frames. Lesson Learned … make sure you have adequate space to cut joinery when you route a profile into a face frame … in ...
Ali's Workbench w/ Shop Made Wagon Vise #1: 3 1/2" Thick Workbench top w/ Shop Made Wagon Vise - Almost Done!
Here is a better pic of my workbench top and shop made end vise. The legs are almost done. I did some experimentation with a drawbore (name?) tenon that you can see on the back end. The empty space is where the half long tool tray will be. Honestly, I am undecided about the tool tray. Would it even be possible to just fill it in? Suggestions would be great! :) This is my first attempt at dovetails. And they are extremely hard! I am sure you can see the little spaces/discolorations but I r...
I ordered 5 sheets of 3/4” maple ply from Tampa Intercity Lumber (if you are in the area, they are very helpful and carry nice stock). Until recently I did not have a decent table saw (more on that later), so rented shop time from Intercity Lumber and cut down the panels to 15” widths before loading into my Avalanche and heading home. Here are the cut down panels For the face frames, I also purchased 32 bd ft of 1×8” maple, which I then cut down into 1×2...
I’ve cut and installed the corner and end blocks on the mold with just a dab of glue, so when I remove the mold, they release easily. These are what the ribs (sides) attach to. The blocks are made of willow because of its lightness and the added benefit that it is a fairly straight grained wood which makes cutting with the inside gouge an easy task. I then drew the points and top and bottom using the template. These are two different violins – reason for two templates. U...
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