Since I began woodworking almost five years ago and slowly building my shop, one of the things that has proven difficult for me to prioritize was buying clamps. We all know the old saying “You can’t have enough clamps”. And while this is true, the projects that I have mostly done didn’t require very many clamps. And the larger projects I did, I just made do with what I had. This bench project has spurred me to start buying parallel clamps, but at $40 + a pop and with s...
Well, the brace till is done, now I need a place to stash all the bits in…. There are a few more upstairs, in hiding I think. Had some thin Oak scraps. Chose four of them to makes a few sides to a box. Threw some tools out on the bench, to cut some through dovetails with. had an old, single fluted dovetail router bit. Used than as a pattern. The big red clamp to hold the pieces still while I chop away. Saw work was by a Disston No.5 backsaw, and the bandsaw from Te...
This is one of my personal favorites. The pattern came from Creative Woodworks & crafts March 2000 Special Double Millenium issue and is titled “Red Tailed Hawk.” It was the beginning of my love for doing birds in intarsia. For me these birds are not easy,to say the least and perhaps that is where my love for doing them lies.I LOVE the challenge!!! Matter of fact the first one of this pattern I had done I had the hardest time getting the feathers to line up so much so that I actually ...
If you are looking for a special piece of wood for a special project, might I suggestion you give these folks a try. The pictures they have are worth the look. http://www.curlymaple.com/luthier.shtml Here’s a sample of some of their stock: Have you ever seen prettier wood?
Daniel came back for another visit and said “yeah, it sounds really off at the 12th fret”. With visions of “oh, crap, we have to mill off that fret and move it” we started playing with things, and discovered that the bridge was in the wrong place. The bridge had individually adjustable string positions, so we moved them, and got a sound that was okay, but the bridge was also really too high. So I chucked it up in the milling machine, milled it down a bit, then t...
Good progress today. I got all the plywood components rough cut, and cut to finish dimensions. I only had to stop once for a trip to the store—Wally World $5 plywood blade got dull and needed a replacement. I was starting to get burning and tear-out. I found out that the local box hardware store, Marvin’s, has Oldham 7 1/4” plywood blades for $1.99 and 10” Oldham plywood blades for $4.99! Score! 5 7 1/4” and 1 10” blade later, it was back to it. ...
Well… a couple of days of intense learning. Chopped some mortises with my drill press, not very happy with them, machine has way to much runout. You can see them on the left. So I made a mortising jig for my router, inspired by this post:http://lumberjocks.com/HungryTermite/blog/13593 The mortises on the right (above) were cut with this jig. I made some upgrades to the jig. I scribed centre lines before drilling for the router, then mounted a 1/4 inch brad point drill b...
In September, I started coming up with ideas for my wife’s Christmas present. The short of it is—I haven’t finished it yet. Fortunately, it was a minor part of all that I was getting/making her, so she didn’t go without this Christmas. Part of my problem is that I’m still a greenhorn and purpleheart is a jerk to work with. Tearout, checking, and pitting is something I’ve had to deal with non-stop. For the past two weeks, my shop (no heating) has been bel...
Just a little video to show you how to build a bow.
Howdy! The build is done so I figure I have 8 days of sanding and finishing left to do. The dark wood running down the legs and across the stretchers is African Mahogany. I’ll start building the final table of the set some time this week! Yee Ha…...
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