We need a Murphy bed next winter in Arizona and I did not want to buy the hardware. That takes all the fun out of designing it yourself and costs $360. So I looked at a lot of bed designs and settled on one that used HD pivots, gas springs for counterbalance and a swing out leg support rather than the fold down kind.The parameters were a twin mattress (7×39 x 75), had to flip long ways and enough room inside for making the bed. Then I had to decide on the pivot points, the foot pivot ce...
Forrest, Infinity, Ridge Carbide, Freud Fusion, and Tenryu Gold Medal are all great saw blades. It’s hard to go wrong with any of them if you’re willing to plunk down $70-$125. Try getting a good blade with a budget in the $10-$40 range, and the odds of getting a good one fall dramatically. No need to despair….for those who missed out on the great Leitz/Irwin, Leitz/Delta, Onsrud, and CMT clearance deals in recent years, below is list of current deals that I think represe...
My next part of the garage makeover is to build a miter saw station. I bought the plans from Ron Paulk and studied them over and over and watched his videos on building his work bench. So, I finally used Mikey’s Sketch pad to design my version of the miter saw station. Here is my plan. Sorry there is not a lot of detail in my plan but here is the jist of it. Build two cabinets that will be used for storing power tools and larger jigs and leave room for short cut offs 24 i...
Well another week and a little more progress .Not much time for this project ,but had a good weekend being fathers day and hope all of you enjoyed it as well .The shelf is build and I finally came up with a shape for the corners of the top ,I hate sharp square corners which can lead to some nasty injury’s as I found out many years ago when my daughter just about lost an eye when falling against a table corner .After installing the leg cross braces I made a pattern for the shelf and dril...
My Workshop Tour My workshop has two levels the ground floor where all my tools are (54m2/580ft2) and the half top floor (16m2/172ft2) which has two rooms; one is used as a paint booth and the other as a drying area as well as storage room. Entering the shop the in the center is the heart of my shop, the table saw/router table, an out-feed table serves also for assembly and in the far East wall my SCMS station. Farther in on the left there’s my dust collector and next to ...
The reason of delaying posting any upgrades on this blog was simply a matter of another shop move.Unfortunately the guy with whom we shared that big space backed-out, so I had to find another space and move on.Finally I did found a space good enough for my needs and settled down to set-up my small workshop. The space has 2 levels, at the ground level there’s the workshop,a small kitchen and a WC, the top level is mainly converted to a paint booth and drying room. The total space is 70m2 or ab...
As I have been away at college, this is the first chance I’ve had to organize and set up the new shop. So, here are several shop projects completed over the past few days. First up, the clamp rack. As all of us are aware, we couldn’t be woodworkers without several clamps. The problem is in finding the best way for each of us to organize them. Here is my version: Next is just an organizational item made out of a re-purposed kitchen cabinet. Just a place...
This is my attempt at a book box.Made with mahogany and pine. For the inlay I just used the table saw to make the grove.The hinges have taken up the most time but are very rewarding once they work properly. I will update the project as it progresses with photos.
Oh yea! Time to kick off the summer with the 2nd Annual Whirligig Wars Woodworking Event. Spend that shop time preparing for battle and build a whirligig for the event. We have some great prizes this year from our Awesome Sponsors Laguna Tools Rockler Woodworking and HardwareWoodworkers Guild of AmericaMicro JigThe United Federation of Woodworkers Brought to you by A Simple Design of Ocala, Inc. & Woodworking for Mere Mortals You don’t want to miss this!! Here is a look ...
My fiancee has been wanting a way to elegantly display her horse ribbons in the house. One idea she liked was the Ribbon box seen here http://www.mcguinnfarms.com/office_p1.html# This in all honesty is just a short stool with a box on it. I wanted to make something more useful but serving the same purpose. So my idea is an end table with glass sides framed in wood with a glass top also framed in wood. I decided on Red Oak for all the wood including the legs and the frames. I picked up 2×...
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