Recently Big Al, i.e. “Boxguy” posted a jig he had built for cutting accurate mitre joints. I built one this afternoon, and thought I would share my attempt at making the same jig. Total cost for the jig was around $17.00 – - the all in one clamp. The time was 2 1/2 hours. MDF remnants, left over material from other projects, and junk drawer parts finished it to this point. Still have to finish up the stop system, but was anxious to use it today, so will add the stop tom...
This feels like real progress! By the end of this blog, you’ll be able to see that this clock is actually coming together. When I stopped last time, I was waiting for the BLO to dry on the front frame. It dried. Now I need to apply shellac. I decided on clear to let the cherry darken and age on it own. Maybe on their 50th wedding anniversary the couple will pull out some old pictures and see how the tone has mellowed, just like them. Here’s a shot of the shellac being appli...
View the full blog with photos here! When someone, woodworkers and non-woodworkers alike, hear the term ‘dovetail’ they usually do not imagine a dove’s tail. The picture something similar to the photo on the right. Dovetails are generally either what can be called ‘half-blind’, or ‘through’. In the furniture my classmates, myself, and other artisans create, you can see this joint used very routinely. Drawers, especially, are a dovetail gold min...
Solid bookmatched panels. They seem simple, but there are techniques to getting great looking panels. On a piece like this blanket chest I working on, I start with the panels. They get the choice cuts, and I want to have some flexibility on the project dimensions depending on how the panels are turning out. With QS material, I like to find medullary rays like this. For something like knotty alder, I would strategically place the knots…etc. When cut and bookmatched QS can have ...
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...
This has been a very satisfying project. First I can do the work, and second I learned a lot new things. Cutting out the arc for the rockers was a new process for me. But, I found that I can do it. I didn’t do them perfect, but they will be the next time because I now have the confidence to do it. Doing new things on each of the power and hand tools now boosts my confidence to try something new and more difficult. So, if you are new to the hobby you can do bigger and better things if yo...
Hi all, my first wood working blog entry. I’ve been looking to start getting into wood working for almost a year now, since I got a $6500 quote for stock cabinets for my tiny kitchen and thought, “They’re just plywood boxes!” So, I’ve started collecting tools slowly, but surely (slowly due to the fact that my wife and I are still paying off our wedding from last year!). I’ve passed the time reading books on cabinet making, wood working in general, and a ...
I am starting with the 8cm stainless steal blade. I have a few pictures so you can see how the different spacer sizes look.Last week I was given a Hägg branch. (Prunus Padus – Bird Cherry) I was plesantly surprised on the colour and its nice and strong, you can see my trade mark bands saw burn marks.. Bolster. 22m wide I am showing you the colour here again so you can visualise the knife before it drilled, filed and glued. apple wood spacerwider spacerthin elk spacer ...
short lil bitty, just more planing and trying to figure up glueup. Mainly just a few pics, didn’t take many, phone weighed too much.. initial setup, i moved some around later and liked it betterI had them clamped together to be able to lift the slab and judge some weight..gonna be nice and heavy. Wards Master #6 took a 6.5’ full width shaving for me and had to catch the moment :0 I like where i have them aligned at this point, though i still gotta tweek the gl...
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.
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