I do a fair bit of layout work with a pencil. I find it’s a quick way to figure things out on a unique project, or a unique piece of wood that you want to get all the cuts “just right”. Normally, I use a combination square as a pencil gauge when I am trying to get the width of a workpiece. As it happens, both my combo squares had settings I did not feel like losing, so I borrowed a very old carpenters trick. Holding your hands like this you can use a rule to mark o...
This might seem totally obsessive, but I am an efficiency Nazi in my shop. Wasted movements drive me crazy and any time I can get into a habit that saves me a few seconds it makes me happy. This is of course especially true in the case of repetitive tasks. One such task is marking the layout lines of a board to cut it square. If you have been working with hand tools for even a short time you have probably heard to “Reference only from your true face and true edge”. This is sage wisdom, but...
Sometimes you will be faced with the challenge of fitting assembly to another (a molding to a carcase for instance). In cases like this it is best to use one piece to fit the other; the fancy term for this behavior being “verify in field”. In the perfect world both your molding and your carcase would be square and you could easily do this with a knife. But you will often have little gaps from being out square. These gaps make it difficult to use a layout knife with any accuracy...
Subtitle: The Conundrum I completed a very public build of a wall-hung tool cabinet a few weeks ago and it is still essentially empty. There are more variations to filling such cabinets as Carters’ got pills, as my mother used to say, but I haven’t run across any treatise on wall-hung cabinets as omnipotent as Lysdexic’s one-time post. I’ve been running through some arrangements as time permits that attempt to match form with function, but referred to The Criteria (as I’ve been calling his...
I actually picked this up from Paul Sellers, though not something he specifically discussed. The tip came from a picture in his book; when I saw it I thought “why didn’t I think of that”. Here is my version of the picture. When the joint is assembled the marks are permanently hidden by the joint…you don’t have to figure out how to erase them later. A nice way to keep things straight, huh?
I don’t take the time during the week for shop therapy, priorities being what they are and all. But my work schedule includes Four-Hour Fridays, so I can get an earlier start on my therapy for the weekend. Last weekend I got my lumber rack close to finished. I’m a little worried about undertaking the cabinet project, and I’ve been procrastinating a little, but also looking for ways to hone the skills I think I’ll need before cutting into the wood we’ve selec...
Here is a link I found. Thought it might be useful to everyone. Octagon Layout Calculator
After a long period of searching I’ve been able to find a space to rent. It’s a bit big (170m2 or about 1830 square feet) for my needs but it will do more than fine. The price was logical and I team up with a friend woodworker to share the space and rent. We will be moving in May 2012 and there is so much work to be done here. Don’t have a clue how long it will take to make as I have planed it, but I believe it will keep me busy for a long time. Here are some photos and the workshop pla...
Right Click to DownloadRight Click to Download in HDSubscription Options If you’re not using marking gauges or some sort of blade to lay out your joinery, you are really missing out! I remember a conversation I had with William Ng at the William Ng School when he told me, “If you want to make good joinery, use a pencil. But if you want to make great joinery, using a knife!” Marking gauges come in several forms but they are all fundamentally similar. They consist of a ...
Sign Carving: Week One PROCESS: Prepare Wood Design Print Overlay Trace Mask – Optional Knife Cut – Stop Cut (Make visible for ease of routing) Welcome to the Class! Pick your material of choice to carve. My dog Chewy and I have chosen authentic aged Barn WoodI steam the board in a clear plastic bag to disinfect and kill any bugs and remove dirt by blowing the board with compressed air being careful not to ruin the surface. Also remove any extraneous...
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