So after the previous attempt I decided to lay off a day and make the tool tray. I wanted to throw in a few pics of my new tools too. Got these two for free. (if you don”t count the many nights spent away from my family to get enough Holiday Inn points for $800 at Lowe’s) This was my first attempt at box joints, and my dado set for the TS cost all of $40. Flat bottomed they are not, but I was ok with them all the same. Took a lot of setup with the jig, but it worked beautiful ...
Today I decided that the lock miter joints just didn’t look good enough, especially since some of each corner will be exposed once I fit the walnut panel for the lid. So I trimmed each at the table saw and am pretty happy with the results. I used a different technique for this cut and it worked well enough to keep everything straight & square, at least as far as my instruments can detect. So I then trimmed the lid panel to fit (“panel” seems an odd name for it—...
Well all the frames are built, eight 2’ x 10’ and four 2’ x 4’. Next step is to stain them all and add the chicken wire fencing. All twelve glued up Here are the four smaller ones stained using a all weather neutral/natural stain. It sure did bring out the red tones in the Western Cedar. I do like how that looks.
When my darling wife allowed me to use our family room as my wood shop I needed to make a bench. living on a fixed income causes me to be very creative in acquiring tools and materials. I have posted about Freecycle before so I won’t rehash that again unless anyone has any specific questions. Anyway I did some dumpster diving and was able to get a few old solid wood doors, which I promptly took apart and made a down and dirty work bench. It was ugly and a bit wobbly but it served it&...
Sorry Lumberjocks, this was intended to be part one. I’ve got it straight from here on. My eldest daughter is getting married! They got engaged Summer, 2010 and the wedding is planned for Sept. 17, 2011. I told them I’d like to make them something special as a wedding from my wife and me. This is what we all agreed would be a great gift. Never mind that I haven’t done anything in Arts & Crafts Style and that this is my reference, Bruce Johnson’s book on The ...
Ok so the stool is done, I have a home repair at the top of the Honeydo, but a new request from Wifey. A rolling paper organizer for her scrapbooking paper. Sounds easy enough, have most of the stuff on hand too. Gonna use 1/2 plywood for the sides, top and bottom. Have some 1/4 plywood for the back on hand, along with some nice 1/4 hardboard for the shelves. The top and bottom will be dadoed to the sides and extend past the sides and back so I can add a trim lip to hide the ply’s...
A friend at my church made me an offer: ”I’ll give you some wood if you’ll build something with it for the youth auction at the church” He made the offer several weeks ago, but I didn’t get around to picking up the wood until last Sunday! That gives me just under 4 weeks to take the wood, figure out a project, build it and finish it. That should be plenty of time, but my projects typically take months or years ! After pondering my choices, I picked these...
Once again.. were building.. I made the face frame and the door frames… Face frame was pretty straight forward. I measured, laid out the feet and then cut them out…. > Then I clamped them out and marked out the tenon’s and cut the mortises… Here is a test fit… > Kay, Frame done I pretty much did them same.. cutting out the Bottom doors the Tops of the Upper doors are arched SO I thought I would explain them in detail… First I made a Temp...
Sorry guys, I am new to all this stuff. I will try to do better on my posts.W hat i am building is a laptop rest for my wife’s new net-book. She comes home pulls it out of her bag and sets it on her legs in the bed. So i am building a box with a removable top, dowels in the bottom to tie a pillow to and a mouse pad rest that swivels.I am trying to keep it all traditional looking. (ole stile joinery for technology) All the joinery was done by hand. I am using amber shellac on red oak....
Let me first explain myself. I started woodworking just after getting married 10 years ago. Someone out there can probably explain this to me, but after a couple of kids, it seems that the time to enjoy my hobby as well as the resources to buy tools seems to have been diverted elsewhere! The good news (other than my beautiful family, of course) is that I was able to become the owner of some very great tools in those days, even though they ended up in storage for a good number of years. In lat...
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