Figured i’d update this real quick. I just finished sanding the board flat and routing the finger holds. The board lost 0.5” in length (stupid me forgot to change zero on my plunge base when i changed the bit.) Looking back on this project, I wish I had more in my garage than just a Table saw, ROS, and router. Sure driving 10 minutes to my friend’s place and using their belt sander and jointer isn’t too much of an issue but I don’t want to overuse my welcome. ...
Last weekend I was able to complete the coffee table, apart from finishing it. I put a bevel on the top and bottom corners of the table top, as well as a slight bevel on all the way around the legs, and on the bottom edges of the apron. As per a recommendation from someone on my last blog entry, I also put a decently heavy bevel on the leg bottoms, to try to avoid splintering. I attached the top with table top fasteners and cut the slots for them with my biscuit joiner. Cat ...
This is a cedar chest I made my daughter 12 years ago.
This week I had a piece of 5/4 white oak that I needed to take down to 7/8. I decided to do it by hand which was a first for me. I used my #5 crossgrain to take most of the material off and then a #8 with the grain to level it and finish it off. There were a few spots with tear out so I hit them with the #4 to fix them. All in all it was a lot of work but I learned a lot about my planes in the process. I recommed it for anyone and am anxious to learn more and imporve my work. Here’...
So, today I did my first woodworking in the shop since I cut my finger off. I installed the splitter on my table saw. It only took five minutes. As my fellow woodworkers know, it’s a huge pain. It’s in the way when you try to measure the width of every cut (so I’m resorting to using the tape on the saw), and it can only be used for cuts greater than 1-1/2” wide (otherwise the push stick won’t fit through. I’ve yet to see how it works with the dado blad...
Well the Roll Top Secretary Desk is now finished. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/36860 It’s been many months in the making. What’s really amazing is that I didn’t really have any “Oh No, what have I done!” moments with this project. Everything just went together well and did what it was supposed to do. I wish all my projects went like that. Some of the real turning points of the project were: I was buying the canvas for the tambour, wondering if...
Well, I was supposed to just replace the old vanity with some cabinets that they got from a friend, because the cabinets they got were in better condition than the ones currently in the house. Seemed pretty straight forward, nothing really difficult or interesting to see here, folks, so move along…..... Oh, wait, nothing fits right, go figure. Yes, their simple switch out turned to a bit more, but they are really enjoying it. I had to put together 3 cabinets, bring them out ...
I have always wanted to build a Gerstner style wooden tool box but the drawers were designed more for a machinist than woodworking. The project has stayed on the backburner for a long time. A few months ago i saw a picture and downloaded an article from FWW on the Essential Toolbox by Mike Pekovich. I had built a wall cabinet based on his design earlier and found that the design lent itself very well to personalizing it. The toolchest design seemed to be the same way. I really wanted a th...
Well, at least enough to put ONE frame together. Had the five parts for the one side laid out. “Plan” was to mill a few tenons, then chop a few mortises to match. Got a few tenons done, before the insurance guys showed up. Spent maybe an hour talking things over with them, and the landlord. Anyway, about them tenons.. Needed a few tools. laid out 1” wide tenons. Simple to do, as the blade on the square is 1” wide. Marked all the way around the ends....
I am keeping this entry brief as I am a bit limited on time. I have heard many critiques of the Shopsmith over the years. I have always found it to be an ingenious woodworking tool for someone with very limited space. The tablesaw has it’s issues, which have been talked about in a million forums, but I have a tablesaw that I am happy with, what I do not have nor have space for is power sanding, a bandsaw, a lathe and a drillpress. The primary strengths of a Shopsmith in my situation ...
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