Not sure that these are the fairest of them all but they did come out ok. Used left over face frame material to make the mirror frames. Started out by routing a two tiered rabbet – the inner rabbit for the 1/8” mirror (next time I will leave the mirror slightly proud so backer applies some pressure) and the outer rabbet for the 1/8” masonite backer board. Most of you probably know this, but this project really drove home the importance of feather boards in both direct...
This video is my first project video I have made in my new shop. It is a little holder for a z touch plate and has made my life much easier and quickened my setup times. Be aware also that this is my first attempt at producing an instructional video and it is a bit long. Feel free to skip about in the video as you see fit. come to 21st Century Woodworking to get access to free CNC CAM files for this project and many others. Content is growing weekly.
So here I have the drawer pieces all laid out and routed the groove in the bottom of them for the slide in solid panel 1/8” maple that I am going to use. I was trying to decide on solid or ply and thought that it would look better with the solid plus I don’t have any maple ply and I have plenty of the maple solid. I had to make a trip to get the bit as my standard bit set didn’t have one that small (1/8”). I set up a couple of stops on my router table and cut the groov...
I am starting to put together an article covering finishing and this will be part of the coverage but not just limited to preventing blotching as a wash coat will aid in a more consistent staining color. This will be updated as my thoughts are organized. This is only a small portion: A wash coat is a coat of thinned finish that’s applied to bare wood to partially seal the surface before a stain is applied. It reduces the amount of stain from soaking into the wood and causing blotching. ...
Cutting timber to size LtoR- Walnut, Maple, Cherry for the butchers block & Poplar for the base Base assembly – Sorry forgot to take photos of turning on the Shopsmith Farrow & Ball paint: Downpipe, Satin polyurethane varnish on the drawer Oak drawer tilt guide & drawer runners Base done Cut to 2”x2” Clamps Glue & paint roller Clamps Plane Maple cut to 4” strips Walnut Clamping Add some Walnut More clamping ...
It’s going to be a year or more before I can start working on the real built-ins for the office. More if Craigslist doesn’t somehow manage to cough up a whole bunch of inexpensive cherry and we actually have to buy the lumber for this retail. In the mean-time, I needed some storage for the office, and I’ve been wanting to do more stuff with sweeping curves, so I decided to take some scrap plywood and a bunch of thin maple that was left over from cutting out the door frames f...
Okay, so…I’ve bought a gouge on eBay, and I’m making some others, and it occurred to me: I don’t have a decent mallet. In fact, I’ve NEVER had one, and making one has been on my “tuit” list for far too long. Soooo…downstairs in the shop today I made some headway. The blank I’d glued up from 6/4 hard maple stock, then cut and mounted in my lathe (second favourite tool in my shop, thank you): That done, I then bored the mallet hea...
The cutting board as seen in the picture below is just about complete. Just needs a little more sanding and finish. Since the last post, here are the steps completed: Using my dewalt random orbit sander I went through both 60 and 100 grit. After that I used what I believe to be a half inch round over in several passes. I left one side a much lighter pass then the other so that the cutting board can be used either way depending on the taste of its new owner. After routing, I went thro...
Hello. I have just finished joining and glueing up the two doghole strips and the top slab. First I milled the 8 3/8” wide slab top to length by crosscutting it roughly and using a router with a straight bit and straight edge to square it up nicely. With the two doghole strips I crosscut them on the table saw. I was impressed to find the saw made an almost perfect finish on the endgrain. I then marked where the threaded rod will go and marked out the position of the dog holes which a...
Hello. At this point in time I have the workbench finished, but this post will be about the base. I will make a video going over the completed bench and then post my last blog entry of the bench. Shortly after the last blog post I bought the last portion of wood I needed for the bench. The first piece I worked on was for the underside of the bench top. I made a piece 4 1/2” wide and about 1 1/2” thick to glue to the back edge of the top to make the edge the same thickness as th...
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