Spawn of Satan broke through the gates to hell last night. And this morning. Not too difficult, really, if some human forgets to close the gate all the way. The cat “screamed and leapt” at the dog, according to my daughter. Kind of like a Kzin, I thought. Needless to say, I sense there’s some urgency to get the door done. Here’s what the current “gate” looks like Not sure that the shoes are adding anything. The track will be fastened to the ...
I am in the process of building another side gate for the house. I had two rails that were 55” long.Too long to fit in the mortising jig which I normally clamp to the workbench. I needed to raise the mortising jig approximately 9”. Instead of building something which would have taken more time and material; I looked around the garage and noticed the bottom drawer of my router cabinet was the size I needed. After emptying the drawer and removing the false front, it ...
I picked up this I. Sorby English mortise chisel with the Punch logo the other week and finally got it cleaned up and put back into service. The chisel is 33cm (13”) long and 7mm (a touch over 1/4”) wide at the back. The handle is an oval shape and tapered in both directions. The end of the handle is slightly domed to help prevent a glancing mallet blow from chipping the side of the handle. A hard leather washer separates the handle from the bolster. The cross-section of...
Here is a poor man’s mortising machine. I bought a mortising kit from Grizzly and I can say that I am not sure I would recommend this kit. If it is in your budget I would look at a mortising machine. The only thing that wasn’t reworked on this kit was the chisels….. I am happy to say they cut an accurate pocket but the fence was way out of square. If you were to use this tool right out of the box your mortises would be at an angle. The hold down foot was about 1/16” ou...
The design of this came about when we decided to update our mattress for out bed. We’ve had a water bed for a long time and decided to buy a standard mattress. We didn’t want to change the headboard and foot board that I made a few years ago as it matches out bedroom furniture nicely. The waterboard had box frame that couldn’t be used with the new mattress I had to make standard bed rails. I bought steel bed rail fasteners to attach the rails to the headboard and footboard. Now the fun begins...
Here’s a chain mortiser I picked up recently. These things aren’t too common these days, except for timber framers who use portable ones that clamp to the beam you want to cut a mortise in. This is an older model stationary mortiser with a 2 HP 220 volt motor. It’s very powerful and can hog out these through mortises in a 2×4 in about 20 seconds. The mortise this mortiser cuts is too long for cabinet doors, but it will work well for full-sized doors and for heav...
This is the newest addition in my shop. I realized it was necessesary to build this one for my upcoming projects that will require a lot of M/T joineries. Please watch my video at youtube to see how it works. Hope you find my jig interesting. Thanks
For those of you following the evolution of my motorized router lift product, here’s a new video that shows the retail product in action. From this video, you can get a look at the features of the device and the operations that you can perform with it. The PowerLift by MLCS Woodworking is a truly unique device that expands the operations you can perform on your router table. With a foot-activated Motorized Router Lift you can perform operations similar to that of a plunge router ...
While building my 6-panel cabinet recently (pictured left), I decided to capture the process of mortising for a butt hinge. With a router, a small straight bit, a chisel, and some careful layout, you’ll find mortising for hinges to be fun and easy. These simple tips will make the process much easier:- Create some sort of story stick for repeatability.- Use a marking gauge and knife to scribe the hinge locations for ultimate accuracy.- Use a router remove the bulk of the material at a consi...
I have lived in my house almost 9 years, the previous owner built the house and the shop. I have always wanted to change the man door on my shop that leads to my house. The old owner put a hollow door and a dead bolt as the only lock system. He also clad the outside of the door in scraps of sheet metal. I recently bought a prehung 6 panel steel entry door to replace the cheaper ugly old one. Being that my friend and I often install stereo equipment in customers cars at my shop I needed a more...
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