Here’s just a few scraps that have been saved from the firepit. There’s always something you can use a cutoff, or leftover, and whatever for something useful. Maple cutoffs Thin Strips (if the scrap is large enough to be safely cut) Plywood, and 2×4’s make very nice tool holders, etc. for close-at-hand necessities And a turned hold-down knob for, well, holding something down. A good friend o mine gave me this chunk of Pine that used to be a part of a di...
Hello friends. After more failure with the wooden screws I decided to order some dust collection attachments for the router and order some more maple dowels. While I waited for those to come in I worked on the top and legs. Here is a quick pictorial tour of my progress. Flattened the top. This is the first real workout for the #7! Worked great. Square edges, stool as board jack. First real workout for the #5 to. I love it, it really gets the work done fast! I decided a 2.5” to...
Okay, I was asked to post a how to for the, I guess I’ll start calling it “vanishing” hinge, since it’s not completely invisible. Anyway I struggled with posting this tutorial, because in this instance things went badly, but I think it’s just as important to publish the mistakes as the successes, because that way whoever reads this can see where the pitfalls are. So in the spirit of full disclosure, here goes. Okay, this tutorial is for 1/2” wood and dow...
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...
Granny’s old, broken down, rusted, wobbly and totally unsafe stair case.This thing had to go, stat! Granny’s new, bigger, better, oak and pressure treated lumber stair case.Solid as a rock .(She loves it. Got me a big hug !)lol Just trying to earn those extra Granny prayers! Have a great day!
After taking the Summer off (and enjoying it immensely!) it was time to get back to Work! And after searching around in the available jobs, I was lucky enough to find Work in the finest Hospital in N.H., the Catholic Medical Center of Manchester…It seems that their Cafeteria was only open for the first and second shifts, and their third shift employees had been requesting “Hot Food” for some time… A decision was made, and the Cafe is now open for them with yours truly ...
what started out as a passing storm turned into the revenge of the tree onto my house, it was about 9:30 pm and i was going to bed…i started to read and then i heard and felt what i thought was a train hitting the house…my house sits on an elevated foundation and it built fairly strong, the floor are 2×10’s they are nailed and also strapped to 6×6 beams…so the floor and the wall stood the impact. It was pouring down rain with thunder and lightning all around ...
(Quite a few pics with this blog) I guess I am a cheap and a glutton for punishment. Off cuts of poplar, red grandis, and a tiny bit of maple from a local cabinet shop. Plus some white and red oak scraps i had on hand. After jointing, planing, ripping and squaring the ends. Then laid out so the butted seams are offset. Starting the glue up of 1 of 3 7” laminations. Lamination 2 of 3 Gluing up after jointing and planing the 3 laminations. Cu...
Having made a couple of prototypes from Robert Lang’s plans I embarked on the ambitious journey of building a complete set of 8 chairs; 6 side chairs and 2 arm chairs, along with the Stickley #599 Trestle Table. I thought it might be helpful for those who wanted to know about building this unique chair design. The first image is of a raw “blanks” for the back legs. I oriented the quarter sawn face on the sides, and prefered veneering a quarter sawn face on the front a...
When I bought my Dado set, it came in a cheapo cardboard box. As heavy as the set is, every time I use it, I expect to pick up a ruined set of dado blade4s off the concrete floor. Well today I decided to make a dynamite box for it out of oak. I even used strong backs on the lid. Maybe I’ll even pack them in sawdust just like dynamite. lol I don’t have the hinges I want as yet, but I want a set of black rott iron that comes up the side of the box and at lest half way over...
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