The weather was beautiful this morning and we were expecting a lot of rain this afternoon. What better day to prep out some rough lumber? We spent about 3 and a half hours today choosing some rough cut pine from my stock and planing it out. Immanuel struggled with the jointer at first, but he was getting the hang of it by the end. He made me laugh when I brought out the planer because he told me that he thought we would be hand planing all of the lumber. Just for a few laughs I brought ou...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeI7Jn2Bj_U In this video I finish going over how to plane down board faces and edges If you have not seen the first part of this video you should really watch it. I know that most people have already learned how to use hand planes but people learn at all stages in woodworking even the most advanced woodworker in the world everybody has their opinions on who that is but every person you name still learns stuff no one is self made. If you want to learn how to ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4webO10KjzE Yo whats up everybody In this video I go over how to plane down a board with not a lot of tools but make it look like you spent hours and lots of money. If you get a block plane, bench plane, and a jointer plane I guarantee that you will make your milling process a lot faster and a lot easier. I also go over how to hold a hand plane and how to start and end your cuts. I go over how to stand and how to transfer your weight. www.kostasworkshop.blogsp...
Well folks, I’ve got almost all of my stock milled down and ready to go! I went to the planing mill (Hicksville Planing Mill) and bought quite a bit of wormy maple. (I believe it is the Ambrosia bug that crawls in the wood and makes all sorts of colors in the surrounding wood. It is also called Ambrosia Maple) I was in for quite a surprise! I was looking for some spalted maple, but this stuff was only $1.75 a B.F.!!!I bought all I needed (and then some), they even surfaced it f...
Well, Immanuel and I finished planning out the project this week and went to Lowes to purchase sheet stock. He decided on a three drawer bottom with flat pannel doors at the top. It will be 6 1/2 ft tall, 16” deep and 36” wide. I also had time to teach him the difference in grades of plywood and solid wood. He will have a good chance to compare when we mill rough stock that I have at the shop. I thought it would be good for him to use both purchased lumber and rough milled lu...
Well folks, this is the first time I’ve ever attempted to document any project that I’ve done, so, hold onto your hats and hopefully I won’t make any major mistakes! I’ll attempt to bring you through the stages of my project with me!! Dreaming Stage / Research StageMy brother’s wedding is coming up in about mid-May and I decided that I wanted to make a small (but tall) wine rack for him and his newlywed. I did some reconnaissance work and found out that his f...
One of the people that my dad works with in my company has asked me to make for him a Pen complete with a leather case + a wooden box for his boss. I guess that he thinks that a good gift will improve his chances of keeping his job. Either way, i have to make it really good. He has given me pretty much free reign on what wood to use etc. So this will be an important project for me because it is one where i can really see if i’m any good at designing, etc. I ca...
Another day, another dollar, right? Today was a bit slow in the shop so I took advantage of the lack of co-worker presence and shop room to do some personal work. I re-milled the refurbished cedar today. It’s obvious to me that I’ll need to mill some more to complete all the doors. It’s been a toss up between shaker doors with a fibrex panel sprayed with a coloured lacquer or solid panel doors. I struggled with this decision because I don’t like building something...
I am just getting started in this hobby and have learned a lot from people who have posted their experiences and projects online. In return, I wanted to document my first project which is the Holtzapffel bench. Unfortunately, I started working on the bench before I found the lumberjocks website and did not photo some of the construction in the beginning. I plan to document the project a little more closely. I will also try to point out things that I learn along the way to help new woodwor...
Well, I found out what was wrong with my mortising set up – the drill bit inside the mortise chisel was bent and causing the chisel to jam. I tried another chisel that had never been used and it worked, so I went old-school. I started and ended the mortising with those whatchamacallits, chisels! Thats it! I marked out the mortises with a pencil, then went around the perimeter with a chisel. I only went deep enough to cut the surface fibers, maybe 1/16”+, and got a nice outli...
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