Using up some scrap and creating something useful for the shop. A marking gauge is a great tool to have in any shop.
In this video I make a compass from two pieces of thin steel rod and some flat stock, a thumbscrew and a couple of brass pins. The tips on the compass are regular mild steel. Not a lot to say about the project other than it’s a lot of filing and shaping.For the curved piece I went to the hardware store and traced a pattern from a store model on a piece of paper which I than transferred to steel. Really useful and simple project. Build video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q...
I enjoyed making the first one so much, here goes number 2. I decided to leave the drywall screws in the batten boards on the top of the first box. I like the way they look, and I like the way they grip/hold stuff down. I’ve been using drywall screws to put stuff together for since forever. I think they look fine. Kind of utilitarian. That fits my style well. So I am going to use 1-1/4” DW screws for the flat joins and 2-1/2” DW screws for the perpendicular joins (bugle head...
Southern Yellow Pine Work Surface (workbench) #19: Saw Bench/Saw Horse No. 2 - Layout & Beginning Cuts
Straight cuts done fairly quickly, cleanly, and accurately now – becoming second nature. Needed to to shave off a bit more than I wanted to deal with using a chisel, so I am using my mitre/back saw to dissect this “whisper” of a shaving. Thinnest sliver I’ve ever re-sawn before. Oops! Almost messed up! Got be careful with layout & marking. More marks – I’ve gone to marking waste with an “X” even when it’s so obvious, just i...
I guess I’m just not going to find the time to write posts, so how about I share a video I posted on my “MrToolHunter” Youtube Channel. In this video I share my most-used lay-out tool, the IncraGauge, and take a quick look at Woodcraft’s new WoodRiver Offset Gauge.http://youtu.be/vdxetoT3kVM
Spawn of Satan broke through the gates to hell last night. And this morning. Not too difficult, really, if some human forgets to close the gate all the way. The cat “screamed and leapt” at the dog, according to my daughter. Kind of like a Kzin, I thought. Needless to say, I sense there’s some urgency to get the door done. Here’s what the current “gate” looks like Not sure that the shoes are adding anything. The track will be fastened to the ...
As you know, here at the Stumpy Nubs Workshop we like to bend the rules. Something we even break them. But most often we simply create a nasty kink that forever keeps the darn things from lying flat again. Yes, I am a rebel. But rules aren’t really made to be broken, they’re made to measure things. So quality really matters. By now most of you have caught on to my little play on words. But for the few still confused, I’m talking about the plain old woodworking ruler, an all too often under...
I got the wood for this project for free from a friend of a friend’s old bookshelves. Some of it is badly warped, there are a few screw holes in it a bunch of places that I’ll have to plug, and it’s discolored from years of use so I am pre-sanding everything with 80 grit. Beggars can’t be choosers! All in all, there were four 6’x10” boards and eight 3’x10” boards. I laid everything out with my drywall square and speed square, making su...
How do you install a grid work inside a tea box so it looks like this? Here is what the lift-out grill work looks like inside the tea box. This is what the lift-out grill work looks like outside of the box. The small compartment to the left makes a chain pocket so the stop chain doesn’t get tangled with the teabags... Why use Venetian blinds for lift-out dividers? By the time you plane, sand, and finish slats to make dividers inside boxes you have a lot of time and ...
I’ve been taking Jay van Arsdale’s class on Japanese woodworking, and one big theme in the class is to trust your layout lines. I’d been using an ink Precise pen for my layouts, but the tip kept getting distorted after a day’s use. This was probably because of my rough handling and probably because it’s designed for a smoother surface. A very traditional and common Japanese layout tool is the Takumi Sumisashi which is simply a shaped bamboo marking stick used ...
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