I like Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. This is amongst my favourites to play in the shop and out. The cover, for those of you who don’t know. is this...This has inspired me to get my design head on. So here’s a picture of the box I’ve been designing, over the last week or so...Designed using TurboCAD (no, NOT Sketchup), Size, approx’ 120mm corner to corner and 70mm high. A tall order. Is there any other kind. Its mostly black. I know of a black wood or two...
Fly fishing is one of my other hobbies and like wood working, it can be very expensive. Thankfully, I’ve been fly fishing for close to 25 years and gradually acquired some really great gear that will last a lifetime. To keep costs under control, I like to tie my own flies and build as much of my own gear as possible. I built a custom fly rod back in 1998, and it is still my favorite (a 9ft 6wt on a Winston 3-piece LT blank). I was able to save 60% off the stock rod by building it ...
Quick update on the whereabouts of my homemade bandsaw.Glueing-up the bottom wheel support: Close-up of the top wheel support opening for the wheel orientation and blade tensioning mechanisms: And the two wheels in place: When hand-turning it to align the wheels I realized that my blade is warped in a spot, which makes it jump out of the wheels. Oh, well, anyway, I will recut and resolder an older blade from my shop bandsaw next time i go to the parents’. I also ...
Building lumber storage with a free download plans from Fine Woodworking.
This is my soap dispenser. There are many others like it but this one is mine. And once it’s empty there are a few goodies to look for inside the pumps of these things: The hard plastic balls are very nice and shiny (not as in this picture, I stuffed it in a hole in my tabletop so it wouldn’t move during the picture). I collect them for fun and maybe someday I will have enough to make a bracelet or something ;) The stainless steel spring in these things is of good...
How about Ping Pong? Our family has been wanting a ping pong table for a while now and we never picked one up. They are kinda large and we don’t have the space to leave it set up permantly and we don’t have the space to store it either, at least the kind with the wheels and all that attached. To buy an outdoor table gets pretty spendy. I decided that I would use a piece of MDF to make a two piece top that can be set up on our “craft” table and taken down and st...
Hey guys….I have decided to build another workbench, as the “basic” workbenches like these:Unfortunately, these filled up quickly, and weren’t as stable as I would liked it to be.Being a hardcore gamer, I know how frustrating it is, to be busy clicking away and having the table shake, although I don’t play in my basement/garage shop. The same above applies with using a mallet and chisel, or a hand plane.When I use a mallet and chisel on my bench like the one abov...
I started this project a while ago but only finished it now this idea has been done before but most people just cut a slot in some plywood and attach their circular saw, whereas i got a piece of MDF and attached it to a black and decker workmate, i cut a recess in it for my circular saw and screwed into place, i cut mitre slots in the top of the mdf so i can make jigs to attach to the saw (crosscut sled) then i made a custom clamp that tightens very hard to the table. Materials cost is ar...
Laying out the Ends Typically I find a detailed SketchUp drawing to be sufficient for my builds. For this project, however, I felt the need to do a full-size drawing to lay the components out on. After drafting an end on a 4×8 sheet of MDF, I started ripping down another MDF sheet to 6” wide strips. After much thought, the easiest way to build the edge-beveled, circle-inscribed Xs would be to cut the strips, bevel the edges on the table saw, and then cut the compound joints to ...
I recently got back into woodworking after being laid off from a job that required so much travel that I couldn’t fit any shop time into my life. It’s been about four years since I have completed a project and in between job interviews (I’m flying to Kansas City for one on Friday), I’m building myself a few new work stations, jigs, and tools that I will need to take a crack at building some of my own furniture. First up, I needed a workbench with a nice flat surfac...
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