It all starts with a sheet of plywood From there I added the toe kick area The base is put together almost exclusively with pocket screws and glue Then the four sides are added to form a box and the fan was installed. I was lucky to find this squirrel cage fan on Craigs List for $20 Here is the outlet side Then I added these guides which create a funnel shaped section inside the bench. Air and dust gets sucked in through holes in the top, down the angled s...
I’ll take you through the steps I used to build my router guide for my wood lathe. It is essentially a box with adjustable sides and top which has a slot to guide the router bushing. It is made from 5/8” plywood, clear Lexan, Steel and aluminum.I started with a 11.5×11.5 bottom and cut rabbets on both sides on the table saw and made a cut out for the tail stock. The sides were glued in place held square by a couple scrap blocks. They had T nuts installed for the adjustment ...
After two more surgeries and almost a year, I am getting back to the shop to start woodworking again. Last year I made a “quilted cutting board” and have a few people offer to buy it, but I have no idea what to charge someone for this type of CB. If anybody that sells CB’s could help me I would appreciate it. It is 12×18 x 1-3/8 thk and made from Black Walnut;Sugar Maple;Shedua;Yellowheart;Goncalo Alves;Santos Mahogany;Paduck. It took me two weeks to finish.
Well my shop is now a wreck, my eyes are full of dust and I had a blast. LOL. Lets start with the box and grinder. As you can see I drew in the lines on the handle to match up to the box. In the next pictures you will see the grinding process. I thought long and hard about making a video and decided that there wasn’t really a way for me to do it at this time. Maybe I will revisit the idea in the future. I start at my line and gentle pull into the center. I then go to the n...
The one Project Video I get asked the most to make is how to build a crosscut sled for the Tablesaw. Well there are a lot of videos out there on making a Cross cut sled, so this is my take on it. I hope you can take something from this video and use it in your shop
Updated 3/1/15 as links were changed when Popular Woodworking bought out American WoodWorker…. One of the parts of woodworking that many would like to do better is finishing, and that includes me. On my quest to obtain the background I have bought books, talked with professionals in the field, and searched high and low on the internet to find the answers to my questions. Some of the questions arose as I was completing a project but others were generated by what I had read. As I have got...
When it comes to building boats, I guess after 30 years of it I am a professional, but as a hobby woodworker I’m pretty new. Boatbuilding has given me lots of skills and abilities with tools but the scale of projects and the individual manual skills required to make small cabinets and art furniture are totally different. I am a real beginner at this stuff and am having a ball trying to learn everything at once. I retired five and a half years ago, following which my wife and I rebuilt o...
Wood Selection Almost every hollow form I turn is from local hardwoods and is turned green. Why use green wood? Green wood is relatively inexpensive, easy to obtain, and easy to turn. It is nearly impossible to find, or afford, large kiln dried wood suitable for turning large pieces. Construction sites, firewood cutters, arborists, and landscape recycling centers are all excellent sources for wood. The biggest problem I have with green wood is my greed. I bring home more wood than I can...
Well I haven’t had a chance to post a project video for sometime because things got busy around the shop. Now with things leveling out, I had a chance to shoot a video showing how to build a simple Folding Stool. This folding stool stands 24” tall with a round top. It is completely collapsible so you can store it easily or take it on the go.. I hope you Guys enjoy this 2 part project build Be sure to check out my website by clicking here A Simple Design of Ocala
I have had several people ask me how I turn a hollow form. I documented, the best I could, the process I go through when making a hollow form vase. I found it difficult stopping and photographing the process. Documenting the process became a process all in itself. The first step is selecting the wood and marking the centers. I then mount the blank on the lathe between the spur drive and the live center. The piece is then turned round. A tenon is then made for mounting into th...
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