There were points in this process that I didn’t think I’d get this far. I took some vacation time and spent the past few days trying to get the top finished up. My goal was to have it completely glued up before the first of the year. I’m glad to say that despite a few set backs, I’m a week ahead of my goal. Not only is it a big motivational factor in a long bench building process, but it’ll also allow me to take a few days off to let my achy planing / sawing m...
Building a stable for my Church’s Nativity from recycled poplar beams. The beams came from the Church’s restoration in 2007 ( FOR RIVER GIRL: This Nativity Stable is in a Church next door to the GRC Memoral.)
I’m now looking at putting in ducting for my new shop. I know it is a bit early considering I may only get occupation by the 1st April 2011.I’m hoping to have the DC and power points fitted prior to moving in the machines.I’ve found a great 10” x 2” plastic section. It also comes in 4” x 2” To me this seems better than using round:It is easy to make junctionsInspection traps would be easierIt takes up very little space So my question to the know...
Still hard at work putting the top together. I recently upgraded the blade in my vintage Stanley #7 jointer plane with an IBC Pinnacle blade / chipbreaker. This made a HUGE difference in dimensioning the boards and getting the faces flat for glue ups. I decided to glue it up in 3 sections each 8” wide. Then one final glue up of those 3 sections for a final full width of 24”. The pieces being glued up for the top top are 61”; which will be trimmed to 60” after the en...
As part of my $175 bench project I did a big glue-up of Douglas Fir boards. Over twenty boards went into the top and due to an oversight on my behalf I ended up bowing the top. In order to level it all out, I needed to take off a fair amount of material. I started to do just that with my number 5 jack plane but I quickly realized how daunting the task was. I knew I needed a better tool to tackle this beast of a problem.I started looking around for a number 40 scrub plane. After going thr...
RIGHT CLICK ON THE PICTURE, CLICK ON ” OPEN IN NEW TAB ” TO SEE THE FULL PICTURE.First, make leg template.Cut stockRound over one edge, 2 left, 2 right.Using table saw, make your spline cut.Cut your splines and check for fit. This is what you should end up with.Start laying out your leg build up.Make sure your build up clears the template.Glue it up.Line up the template with your stock and trace it.Cut it out on the band saw.Cut both sides on that face then tape the scrap back on ...
Nearly finished Home Theater room, sort of.Oak, with bookmatched panels from 8/4 boards. baseboard and top rail are removeable throughout so wiring adjustments can be made.8 years getting the electronics with 2+ years of woodworking with limited time. Probably 1,000 hours.
My First Real Attempt at a project. A shaker end Table #4: The Table Tops!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is the first of the two table tops that I have to do. I used a tounge and grove joint and have the first one in the clamps. The first table top. The next table top layed out to show joints. The toungs on the center board. I thought it would look better if the center board had the tounges only. The grove of the left table edges. The right is the exact same thing, just with it on the other side.
I am not sure how much time I’ll have for this project, so I’m taking every moment I can and do baby steps to hopefully drive this thing through. Last night I went and picked up what boards seem to be most fitting for this project that will yield the best materials for the parts. The toolbox is 10” deep, but I did not find anything that wide. the widest I have is 8” so I’ll have to make some glue ups for full width boards. I did get a good selection of mahogan...
Well after about 20 minutes of looking at the 6/4 cherry board for my legs on the two tables. I figured out how to mill the board into 11 legs. Some of the legs had knots in them and enden up breaking. But I still ended up with 9 good legs out of a board with two knots in them and a 2 foot section of rot in the middle. Again the board was 1 3/16” x 5 1/2” x 122 1/2” and I ended up with (9) 3 foot legs. So all in all not a bad day of after school work. Tomorrow I will be mill...
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