I wanted to make a tongue drum for a friend who is a musician. I wasn’t too bothered about the tuning etc, I just wanted to try out something new. He could use it as a paper weight if nothing else!! The problem is it is barely audible. The construction is 3/4” oak top with 3/8” mahogany sides and a 1/4” ply bottom. This is based on a plan I found on the Portercable site (posted on this site somewhere, but can’t find it now!). Some questions about this proj...
How do you frame an 8 sided mirror? Beats me. This is my solution. The construction is a whole new way of thinking for me. Fingers crossed for success. My sister wanted a framed mirror for her kitchen wall. she had a large free hanging one but it fell and the mirror and frame shattered. Of course I can make one right? Hmm…. She wants it 8 sided. I want to bolt it to the wall, not hang it like a picture. Here’s my solution so far. After she had the mirror cut at the glass com...
Thru my first year learning woodworking, i read over and over about table saw sleds and all there benefits, and although i beleived every word of it, never took the time to build one…....untill last weekend and wow….what a difference, and as a newbie any change in quality no matter how minute is noticed as if under a microscope, i chose to make a low cost no flash crosscut sled and am happy i finally made it happen, thanks for listening
In the last installment, I showed the latest box I’m working on, it’s now time to make a pair of hinges for it…But, and it seems like there’s always a but, I had a problem with the fitted panel for the lid. When I cut the tenon around the thing, to fit into the side dadoes, I was trying to “sneak up on it”, once, twice, three times and it seemed like nothing was changing. So I gave it one of those “All or Nothing” taps to the Table Saw fence and...
I have numerous projects going on. In short, all my horizontal surfaces have gone missing and it is standing room only. Here are some over-alls from the front door. This is the main cause of the melee’. We have decided to toy with silver soldering and jewelry. So, this area of our shrinking shop is being converted to a jeweler’s bench with acetylene torch, flex shaft tool, and all those other cool tools that jewelers use.I will have to find a new home for all that hardwa...
Tonight I didn’t have much time to work on the boat but I did get the outer stem attached. It still needs to have the screw holes plugged but at least it is on. I used 4 #6 silicon bronze screws to hold it on but had some problems. Because I couldnt very easily clamp the bottom (top sense it is upside down) I tried to pull it in with the screws. This resulted in a couple broken screws. Luckily I was able to drill them out and then use my head. I sucked the difficult screws up firs...
Here is a pic of the skeg screwed onto the hull and the rockers mocked up. I still need to drill the rockers for the 1” dowel that connects them. Once this is done everything can get the final sanding and be attached. It’s finally starting to look like a rocker.
I was given a bundle of strip oak by a friend. He dismantled an old whiskey cask and was going to give it to someone else for burning in their stove! When he told me this my face must have changed colour rapidly or something because he asked quickly if I wanted it instead! Well, not ever wanting to see any hardwood used for burning, I jumped at the chance. There is a range of sizes, all around 450mm (18” or so) long by about 100mm (4”) wide and an average of 25mm thick, with aroun...
I cut out the skeg and rockers about a week ago with some hand saws. I now have the skeg finished up and will be adding it to the bottom of the tender soon. The rockers are getting close but it is slow going finishing the curves off with rasps and files.
Well I am starting a new project and would like some input. After seeing to price of QSWO I was shocked to find the cost of the bed and rails made from Quarter Sawn White Oak came to right around a thousand dollars 8.50 A board foot. I can see using it on the legs and back rails that show but is that what everyone uses? Is 8.50 over priced? I thought it would be closer to 3.90 to 4.25 per BFT.
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