In the above video, and in the below 10 steps, I teach one of the most basic and essential skills in traditional woodworking: how to square, flatten, & dimension your own rough lumber into finished boards. To build quality traditional furniture, you need to start with perfectly flat and square lumber. Some people achieve this with power jointers, planers, and table saws. While the electrical power route is more economical for a commercial woodworking workshop, I prefer the safet...
This was the mess you saw when first entering my shop. (Notice the picture taped to the wall with blue tape)...Bonnie asked me what was that little picture taped to the wall for? I explained that this was the wall where I would build a lumber rack, and that was a print screen I stole from Jay’s Custom Creations to remind myself of what I wanted to do there... .. . Now it just so happens that I have been tripping over two 2” X12” X16’ boards that someone was ...
Following its recent successful creation, I opted to give Franken-Rack free rein to terrorize the domain. It was my hope that it would bring home the finest lumber in all the land. Instead, it brought me pallet and crate wood. Several times I have berated the misbegotten creation, but to no avail. It is obvious to me now that the creature enjoys domination over the rough, mistreated wood that will require hours of hacking and mutilation on my part to make use of its offerings. Franken-Rack wi...
I joined a number of woodworkers on Saturday in a pilgrimage to Midwest Woodworking in Cincinnati, Ohio this weekend. Midwest was a small family owned woodworking shop that created fine furnishings for their clients. With the passing of Frank David in the recent past and hard times in the market, sadly Midwest has closed its […] Continue reading HERE. Thanks for reading – keep making shavings! Dave
I got involved building chairs with the Lumber to Legacy project in Albany, OR. Here’s the story in their local paper. Lumber to Legacy Some high schools kids helped us build this cafe chair design. I wrote to the paper explaining my involvement. “I wanted to respond further as to why I did this class for the kids. I love to teach and this was another opportunity to be with a group that doesn’t get the attention they deserve. Education in the applied arts is mostly for...
Hi Fellow Woodworkers! Ny name is Nelson, and I live in Arcata, California. I’m building a Japanese style garden bench and I can not believe that I having an issue already! Help! (LOL) I’m in the process of selecting lumber. I have narrow it down to Iroko or Jotoba, both good substitutes for teak. My woodworking cultist requires 2-1/2” thick boards to make the legs. Moreover, the back legs require boards with a width of 5-1/4” to make the back legs. I have been shop...
Finally received my dry batch of lumber Friday from the kiln. 450 bf of 4/4 cherry. Already have a bunch of new projects I want to start.
Hello to all lumberjocks! As the title says, I am pretty new to woodworking. I have a lot of questions about techniques, tools, and ideas for projects. It seems as one question gets answered another one peaks my interest. Right now I am interested in getting and learning how to use hand tools for joinery, planing, and the like. I don’t have a planer or really any good hand tools yet (I borrow my grandfather’s tools, but even his are limited in the hand tool department). My firs...
My wife and I just returned from a trip to “Amish Country” in Holmes County, Ohio. We spent a day and a half eating, shopping for quilt material and visiting many craft stores. My wife was happy doing all this but I was very happy when we entered Keim Lumber in Charm, Ohio. This place is the greatest and it is much more than a lumber yard. They had the best exotic lumber that I have ever seen and it was all in great shape. Here is a photo of part of their lumber display. ...
I felt like I was getting buried in cut-offs and bit and pieces of sheet goods, then I saw a video by Steve Ramsey (woodworking for mere mortals) on his lumber cart. Bingo, here was the solution I was looking for. A couple of days later i had it about full. He didn’t tell you on the video hat it takes two men and a boy to move it before the casters are on it, ugh!
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