I recently read a short article in one of the current woodworking magazines about a simple three step, foolproof (thats the part that caught my attention) method finish. The first step was to wipe on and then off a light coat of BLO. “to bring out the natural color” or words to that effect. Although I was going to whip out the small face vise the very next day cool temps and some sanding etc of the frame was in order first. Among others I wiped the tail vise with BLO just to s...
Hey all, First of all I wanted to thank all of you guys and gals that have commented and given me hints or inspiration on my projects. I have loved woodworking my entire life, but only recently have I started to pursue it more diligently. My first goal was to learn how to cut dovetails by hand. I know it is a random goal, but I figured that the tools involved to get started…and the skill required would give me a good foundation or starting block to other things. So my first sto...
Here are some pics of our recent Kitchen remodel in progress. This is the condition of most of our cabinets— they’re toast. Here is a real life saver my wife got me this for Christmas. Look at the poor job the original electrician hid behind the old range hood. I decided to add a plug-in and box for the microwave. I plan to move the fridge, dish washer, sink and window to the right about one foot or so. Plug-in fit like a glove. Bracket installed and ready for t...
I probably should have updated this about a week ago but the best laid plans of mice….etc . Drilling 5/8 holes through 1 in of white oak 3 in. cherry and an additional 1 in. of red oak is not something that you can whip out in 45 seconds. You are constantly removing the bit to clear the hole of the waste and there are many holes in this base. This assembly is still quite rough and there will be a lot of sanding and planning once its all together. As the above picture sh...
i need some input from every one im having a small problem with my jointer im trying to joint some 3/4 oak for door panels and for some reason one of the boards keeps sniping on the end of the cut i have tried runing the grain the oppisite direction and it still does it but only on one board not any of the other ones i am stumped here i even called a1jim at home this evening and he was kinda stumped too has this happened to any one else? im leaning to think its the one board if any one has an...
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 ...
Today, I bit the bullet and tried out my 45 degree lock-miter bit to make the four-sided quarter-sawn white oak 4” x 4” legs. I outsmarted myself by trimming the edges at 45 degrees. Unbeknownst to me, the router bit needs all the meat it can grab to make the “tongues”. As a result, I have very little “lock” in my lock-miter. I have just enough to register the corner, but I’ve lost about half of my glue surface. Sigh… The good news is that...
I ran over to the lumber yard and picked up some 4/4 for the base and a stick of 8/4 to make a single chair out of. I was going to finish the base before I started on the legs, but this 8/4 stick was magnificent (and I didn’t want anyone else to nab it). I recently posted a question in the Design Forum about possibly laminating 3/4” stock to make the legs 1-1/2”, but I couldn’t take any shortcuts (regardless of how cost-effective they might be) on the dining room set...
In our last episode…the desk unit came together nicely. Now for the dresser unit… The dresser unit, like the desk unit has to be built in “mirror image” from it’s design from the first bed. The dresser features three drawers that are 28”Wx7”Hx22”D. I’m putting full-extension drawer slides on the drawers, to give easy access all the way to the back of the drawers. A feature of the dresser that I really like in this design is th...
I’m not certain but what this should be separate but any way… Before I joined us I thought that workbenches, real workbenches were limited to professional cabinet makes, magazine editors, and hand tool advocates. Having now been exposed to a much wider school of thought I have come to realize that this is not the case and that I too was in need of something of this nature. ( I got tired of moving everything off the table saw every time I needed to make a cut.) I ‘ve spent se...
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