In my last blog, I created the tray bottom. In this blog, I will cut the grooves for the tray bottom, rout finger holds and put the tray together. First step is to cut grooves in the tail section. I use the MCLS 13/64” plywood bit (because 1/4” plywood is smaller than it’s nominal size). As a rule of thumb, I like to cut the groove 2x the groove width (so 1/2” in this case) from the bottom in order to leave enough material for a strong assembly. I mark t...
Spent the night in with the family last night. Which was fine because I wanted to let the glue set a bit longer before doing anything that might stress the joints. So no progress made last night but got started early this morning. Took the head out of the clamps and cleaned up and flattened the top and bottom. Then using the string trick I figured out the angle for the faces to be cut at. Scored some nice deep lines for the cuts and got to cuttin’ Then turned my att...
I completed the finish today and started on the drawers. I plan on assembly tomorrow. Drawers getting started
A few of the projects I’m working on currently… or as soon as it warms up enough for me to get back in my little shop.
Like many of my fellow lumberjocks I worked on the Guild Build from the Wood Whisperer last month. Unfortunately it is still a work in progress (hey, 2 kids under 3 and a wife have a way of monopolizing your free time); but I thought that I would post some of the pictures and progress I made last month, then finish it off when the final steps were done. For those of you that don’t know, the Guild over at Http://www.thewoodwhisperer.com built Shaker tables last month in an effor to su...
Got an old book of DIY woodworking plans, from a used book store. First thing I flipped to was a wine rack—coincidentally, something we’ve talked about buying for our kitchen/living room. This one called out white oak, with darker walnut plugs (to conceal exposed dowel holes, and used to provide a decorative contrast). I got a chance to pick up two new hole saws, a doweling jig (neat!), my first Forstner bit, a couple of strap clamps, and a bunch of beautiful wood. Not...
In the last blog entry, I completed the interior elements. Now I will turn to the completion of the external elements of the case. Where I started. Where I finished. During this session I completed the following: 1. Create base molding2. Nail base molding3. Create crown molding3. Glue crown molding on4. Add filler strip5. Attach feet I started with the base molding from the plan. It is sized to just cover the lower dovetails. I made a mistake and cut the rabbit at 90 d...
Howdy, I started mounting the table top today. It occurs to me, in hindsight, that I may have caused myself a lot of frustration. I’ll find out soon enough when I try to place the diamonds. Be that as it may, it’s turning out pretty well but you can still tell that a rookie is doing the work. I was able to use the warped pieces but now I have a few pieces that are slightly higher than others. I just bought myself more hours of sanding. I’ve also got a few gaps. A f...
So after making a large workshop upper cabinet, and then a glass door cabinet, I decided to start making more cabinets to store garden tools in the garage. While I’m at it, I decided to make two, one for long handled tools, and another with shelves for smaller stuff. I made the previous cabinets with maple, and it seems like a waste of money to make a garden tool cabinet out of relatively expensive wood, but hey, if I’m going to all the trouble, it might as well look good. I al...
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...
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