After the last glue-up, and flattening the panel, I cross cut the panel in strips 1.25” wide. Taking those strips I turned them so the end grain was showing and flipped every other one end for end to create the checkerboard pattern. I am sure we have all seen Marc Spag's (aka: TheWoodWhisperer) video. (7 – How to Make a Butcher Block End Grain Cutting Board) I am sure Marc loves all of the extra attention on the subject of cutting boards. Glue up was somewhat frustrating because I...
We’ve all done it. Seen or ourselves commited really bad screw ups in the course of our woodworking. I’ll start by admitting i once knocked over a gallon of contact cement on a customers linoleum kitchen floor. And you don’t want to know what contact cement does to linoleum. Lets just say “it was wavy”. Lol. I also watched a carpenter drilling a threshold in a door stoop once when the drill slipped. He gets up hollering “I drilled my *$#! I drilled my *$...
Just this weekend I learned several new things about woodworking. It’s been a blessing for this old dog to learn new tricks. I don’t have anyone here to give me hands on lessons, so I’m counting on my new friends here at LJ. I bet you would like to know what I learned. Glad you asked, now laugh if you want, because I like making people smile. #1 I learned that my circular saw doesn’t make 90 degree cuts, because it was off by about 10 degrees. I figured that of I...
Hi all, This is the first of (I hope short) series of blog entries that follows projects and the mistakes I made while doing them. remember that i am an amateur. I am sure an experienced professional would finish this project perfectly in a few hours…. I would appreciate any feedback. first, here is the final result: now, this is the original design: The most critical mistakes were done at this stage – the design. i’ll go over them briefly:1. the design calls ...
As I think back, every time I bought a new tool it was in the hope that this tool would be the one that would make sure that every cut, or hole, or edge, or…whatever, would be perfect. I wouldn’t have to worry about ruining a perfectly good piece of wood. Every project I had pictured in my mind would be easily translated through my hands and my new tool into a work of art. Yet everytime I opened the box, and set up the new tool, I found myself making the same timid steps forwar...
Well, I must say this has been a learning experience. Unfortunately I had to make a mistake to learn from it. From now on I will never attempt a project without having the hardware ahead of time. Not a big deal sometimes, but on a crib, it turned out to be a big deal. I designed my crib myself, and halfway through building it, decided to change hardware types. Of course, the legs were already cut for the original idea. Last night I started planning down some more Walnut to make two new ...
For all the evidence—-I mean pictures——please click here. As the title says, things didn’t go exactly as planned with the hammer the past couple days. I tried my best but it just didn’t work out as I imagined. Here’s what happened. Best pull up a chair and get some popcorn. It started after the handle was finally cut free from the excess wood. I decided to put all the pieces together and see if I like the general shape and weight of the mallet. H...
This past week I learned a great deal from my mistakes. I’m glad I have a good scrap pile. Some of the things I learned were, while making practice cuts, with my new compound miter saw. First the laser guide is handy, but not accurate. I tried to find an adjustment but there isn’t one. It’s slightly off by different amounts depending on the angle of the cut. I learned that if I eye ball with the tip of the blade, with the saw not running, both at the front and rear of the...
No deep thoughts while out in the shop today. Just cleaning up about a pint of paint that was spread across my floor. It’s porous old concrete so it took me about 2 and a half hrs. I am going back into private practice. No money, just my energy. I have a sign that was left by the previous tenant. My wife graciously cut stencils with her new cutting machine. Last night I searched for paint while feeding my pride of cats in the shop. been about 8 months since I painted. found a can ...
I’ve looked at books for new woodworkers that laid out several different projects to build various skill sets. I like the concept, but enjoy being creative when it comes to thinking about projects to build. My first project was a woodworking bench from FWW last summer. I put the hobby on hold as far as building goes, but read and watched as much as I could and even took a class at my local Woodcraft store. So I’ve had a great deal of time to think about what kind of projects I...
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