I realised my last couple of posts were actually woodwork projects rather than workshop projects so I’ve started a new series. Anyway onto the actual post. In the run up to Christmas 2015 I realised I didn’t have much for my dad (a print out of a voucher wasn’t very interesting!). My dad has always had an interest in woodwork, so I decided to have a go at a quick project. I decided to try a dovetail box because I hadn’t done dovetails before and wanted an excu...
So as I continue to catch up with recent projects I come to my first piece of furniture. This was a kitchen island unit with a butchers block type top. I was really excited about this project, as it was the first piece of furniture I’d attempted and it was going to make use of some oak I’d recently acquired. This is a lifetime supply I feel! Anyway using this wood meant a lot of hand planing to remove the original varnish. Also I made almost every cut (including ripping ...
This is part one of ??? following my build of an oak storage bench. I chose oak because I am trying to match a client’s cabinets. She needed a specific size and functionality, so in this video, I go over my Sketchup model and explain how I plan on building this project.Enjoy! Oak Storage Bench Part One: Introduction
I have a General 50-200r model table saw. Lowering the blade is a chore becuase it feels like its binding. I’ve squirt some liquid wrench & WD40 on the worm drive screws & worked it up & down. It’s gotten better but there is still an issue. Wondering if anyone else is having this issue & what’s a good lubricant to use on these gears as well? Also what would be a good cleaner to clean the gears with as well? Thanks all.
With the dry-fit of the headboards complete, it was time to drill holes for the bed bolts. (Sorry, no pictures. I’m sure you can imagine what holes look like.) The 3/8 inch holes through the posts were done earlier on the drill press (see part #3). Two were off-center by about 1/16 inch, but the rest were spot-on. To bore into the rails, I set up the mini-jig below for each joint. The rail is held in place using some scrap 4×4 and clamps. The shoulders are flush with t...
“Necessity is the mother of invention” as the old saw goes. When I was researching the scroll saw that I got, I found that the special T-wrench was missing. So I looked it up and found that it is metric and 3.5mm. 3.5mm is not really a standard size as I found. They aren’t included in sets of hex wrenches and to buy a T-wrench of that kind would cost more than I’m willing to spend. Then I just looked online for a normal Allen key that was 3.5mm and found that...
I had an oak pallet which I broke down and was able to salvage enough to make two iPad stands. They were made as gifts for Christmas. My wife showed me pictures of these on Etsy saying that her sister wanted one. So one went to her and the other went to my mother. Here is a video of the build: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wj_dzBfL1UA
In continuation with my previous post, I began this experience with a trip to Windsor Plywood to source the necessary materials. I ended up finding a nice piece of quarter sawn Spanish Cedar which was 4/4 by 6” – 8’ long, finished on 2 faces; a nice piece of quarter sawn Red Oak which was 4/4 by 6” – 6’ long, finished on all sides; A full sheet of birch plywood and a roll of Walnut veneer. I took a trip over to Lee Valley to get some quadrant hinges and als...
I am in the midst of a bathroom remodel (which will have it’s own post later). We live in old arts & crafts style house.During this bathroom rehab, we chose to lose a closet which was our storage and hid the laundry chute. I decided to build a craftsman styled column built in that would serve as also storage and house the laundry chute. It is all to be built with quartersawn white oak. I love discovering what is hidden inside of rough lumber. I am using pocket sc...
After getting a lathe for Christmas I’ve been playing with it a lot. Here is a mini bowl I’ve turned.
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