I know there is a lot of curiosity in how I make things, so I thought I would start sharing some of the videos I shoot about them. They’re just little things shot on my iPhone, but it gives you a pretty solid idea. :) This is part of a larger project that I am doing. I needed a little post/pedestal to glue onto another thing, so I took a scrap piece of maple, cut it in half and glued it to itself. Here I am turning from a 4.5” square into a 3.5” puck. It is somewhere in...
First step of a double dovetail is to cut a through dovetail on each side piece and then attach a trim piece. This blog entry will cover that process. So starting with the end pieces and a 6” piece of trim stock (same width as the side piece, thickness doesn’t matter). Install the two template strips into the positioning system (1 dovetail strip and 1 double dovetail strip). The dovetail strip consists of an A side which lets you cut pins at 7/8” intervals and ...
I cut the gears as best I could… using a sprocket as a template, I traced the outline of 6 teeth onto some paper. I then traced it onto the clock. i didn’t have a drill press, or the right size bit, so I free-handed the holes, then used the band saw, and the dremel. It went back on the lathe to turn off the gouges I made with the drill, and to get a final sanding on the face. I used Minwax furniture wax. click on the image for a full sized version.and waxed:
Hi everyone, finally I come back with a blog for a little project I been doing in my free time for the last 2 weeks. As it was bound to happen I think, having been a professional musician for nearly 20 years and now interested in woodworking as a hobby among some other things, finally bit the bullet and started building a CBG (cigar box guitar), and this is the short story, short because there really is not too much to tell as the build can be as simple or complicated as you want it to be....
Here is my entry for the bookcase challenge. Actually, maybe I should call it “how I forced myself to learn Sketchup the right way.” I had dabbled in Sketchup before but I never made drawings of different components that I then assembled. I spend a lot of time for this challenge watching the tutorials on YouTube and reading about proper Sketchup techniques online. I have worked with many 3D modeling programs before and some of the concepts are the same but there is certainly a le...
In the spirit of giving back to all you LJ’s who have inspired and informed me, here is an attempt to share the making of 4 tool bar handles. My wife gave me four 1/2” tool bars and 12 carbide cutters for Christmas from my wish list. Wanted to try some Easy Wood carbide type tools at a reasonable price level. To hold the cost down my wish list specified bars and cutters from Big Guy Productions and then turn my own handles for them. Step 1 – Turn HandlesThe project star...
Hi folks, I’ve been away from LJ for awhile, mostly because my shop time has been effectively at zero for well over a year. Not anymore. My wife, youngest son and I moved to VA last summer, and back to NY about a month ago. This means that I a) moved most of my tools and lumber not once, but twice in the past year and b) I now have to clean out my shop and put them all back in it! Here’s the plan for the revised shop. I have a 12’x20’ mini barn that my tools ...
“Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.” ...Henry Ford (1863-1947) As we near the holidays it’s time to start planning ahead for gifts that will be made in the woodworking shop. In the picture you can see many wood segments that have been cut on the dedicated miter sled for the table saw. It’s quite important that the angles of the segments are consistent so that they line up tightly within the decorative wood pattern. H...
Technically, what I am working on here is a ‘Stave Bowl’ ... a bowl comprised of vertical staves (like a barrel) glued together before turning. This particular bowl will turn out to be about 7 1/2” in diameter and 2 3/4” tall. The bottom and vertical spacers are walnut, and the staves are maple. I used a software package ( WOODTurnerPro … http://woodturnerpro.com ) to calculate the cutting angles and dimensions for the staves and segments. I cut the staves ...
Here goes…. Traditional work benches (roubo for example) are out dated. I know, heresy. But it’s true The reason they made those crazy over sized legs and joints was because they didnt have sheetgoods back then and they needed to over build them to deal with the lateral and horizontal force they experienced. It is my opinion that pine 2×6’s and 3/4 ply MORE than cover any of the structural needs of a work bench. So the next big argument FOR traditional w...
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