Just spent 2 hours getting the lifting screw installed. I’m using some 1/2-8 acme, so I don’t have to turn it a million times to raise and lower the table. After cutting it to length, I needed to turn it down to fit into the bearings. Since I don’t have a metal lathe, I made a jig to do it by hand. I made this when building my CNC years ago, so didn’t have to waste time building the jig this time. The jig is a simple plywood box with a 1/2” bearing on ea...
Been working away at painting for the last few weeks.Had another near catastrophe. When I started, I had 5-1/2 spray cans of Rustoleum Deep Blue Hammered paint. I’ve been using silver as a base/primer, as it’s readily available locally. After I finished the frame, I was down to 1-1/2 cans, and thought I should probably order another case. That’s when I discovered that this color is no longer available.. :-(I had thought about painting the base a different color, and did some...
Well, my tried-and-true method failed me today. Usually, whenever I think I might go yard-sale or garage-sale looking, I am sure to take at least five to ten dollars with me to ward off anything that I might find interesting and, until today, it’s worked. I carry money, I see nothing interesting that I want or need.But, today, I was carrying $15 and found a old craftsman 6” jointer that the owner was willing to sell me for $50. So, now I am the owner.It needs some attention and lo...
I started by my project by opening the book to the materials list. Then grab a board of oak and cut it down to make the rales.
In this video, I cut the curved door panels to size using the bending form I used to create them. Then I cut the veneer for the edge banding, and install it on the doors to give the illusion that they are a solid bent panel. Then install the hinges and hang them. After the doors are hung, I can start working on the curved drawer front. I cut the face of the curve on a large blank and them create the half blind dovetails for the sides. I then veneer the face of the drawer front so that the ...
We’re at it again! After using the router for the first time and finding just how much saw dust one can generate I decided to again rearrange the garage and dig out old tools and items to sell on offer up and Craigslist. We made about $250 which covered the cost of the 2 hp “industrial” single stage dust collector from Harbor Freight. I spoke to the manager about what these kids and I have been doing and that we needed a system. She went above and beyond by offering to honor...
Hi all I have purchased some beautiful Red Cedar and am going to try my hand at some larger joinery work. It is really lovely timber and was a very good price as the timber yard sadly is closing. This was a bundelled mixture of boards and pieces; The main piece for the top of the unit The larger boards I have cut in half and put through the thicknesser to get some lovely bookmatched boards to work with; I have sized four pieces for the legs and marked out the sha...
The time has come to start building my new workbench. I am using wood from some industrial size pallets from my work. The wood is some kind of spruce that came out of Hungary. In this installment I will be preparing the stock that will become the tabletop. I have to do some serious milling to get the stock straight and square before I could get it ready for glue-up. Be sure to participate in the comments section, and I hope you enjoy the video! View on YouTube Instagram: https://www.i...
While it’s been a while since I last posted, I’m still working on this a couple days a week. Painting takes a lot of time.All the baltic birch plywood gets a coat of epoxy on the edges to seal them. This keeps the paint from soaking into the end grain, and lets you get away with 2 coats from the rattle can. I’ve been painting most of the small parts for the last few weeks. It’s really a week long process.Seal edges with epoxy, led cure for 2 days before painting.San...
Now that I know the thickness of the doors, I can start working on the internal structure of the piece. I have to account for being able to put the lower shelf and divider for the drawer being put into the piece after glue up, so I have to do some unconventional things to get it to work. After I get those made, I taper the legs and do the initial glue up. Then I modify my bending jig to make the cut to separate the curved front into two doors. As always, I welcome your questions and commen...
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