As I’m setting up and building my workshop, and seeing all those really nice workbenches built by woodworkers here, I’m thinking that I’d really love to build my own, but how to build a piece that will last me a long time while keeping the cost down on a limited budget. Hardware will cost money. I’ll have to buy a couple decent quality vises, so I’ll need to keep the cost of wood down. For the base, I’m thinking that I could go for construction grade ...
All of the woodwork in our house is cherry except for the front door, which is oak. I assume the builder used an oak front door because the outside portion is exposed to the elements and cherry would not hold up well. I have an idea for building a new door. I would like to laminate oak and cherry so I have oak on the outside and cherry on the inside. This would be a panel door and I would make laminations for both the frame pieces and the panels. I would finish the outside with a s...
I had some unexpected success fixing a screwup when making quadrilinear legs for my Harvey Ellis Bed project. The 1st 4 legs that I made got ruined for a couple of different reasons. On my second attempt, the joints didn’t close all the way on one of the legs. I really didn’t want to start a 9th leg attempt, so I tried to fix it. I set the tablesaw to 45 degrees and ran an 8th inch dado down the joints, and stuck some scraps in the dados. If I knew how good this would ...
I’ve actually made two posts over at my website www.deltawoodworks.com on this job, but I think I’ll just consolidate those first two into this single post here. I was asked by my family to make my grandmother a set of cabinets for the newly constructed addition to my aunt’s house that she would be moving into. In talking to them, we decided to use prefinished plywood for the carcases and drawers with oak ply skins and frame/flat panel doors. After finishing up with my regul...
I started turning projects Tuesday on my Jet 1220 lathe. The following are photos of 4 of 5 almost completed projects. I need to finish all of them. I’ve put tung oil on the walnut pieces but they’re not shining like I want so I need to research how to get a shine on top of a tung oil finish. I turned a honey dipper first – no picture. It’s ok but boring. Next I turned the awl followed by the bottle stopper (followed by another that blew off the lathe due to a ca...
Well, I’m almost done. I finally had time to finish putting the pine sample piece together 2 weeks ago. This weekend I focused on the final product in oak. I have everything cut and drilled for the pocket holes. I put it together for now and I’ll start working on the sanding and finish work later this week. Parts Back view with pocket holes Front view with brackets and pocket holes No sanding or finish yet
Using up some scraps here…..just made the basic boards today. Tomorrow I hope to work on the corners and edge treatments and juice grooves and then get them soaked with Mineral Oil : ) Thanks for looking ! Ooops ,sorry …... Where to add photos here ?
I recently came across a supply of lumber from a business here in Cincinnati, OH, Midwest Woodworking. It is owned by a second generation businessman, Frank David. The warehouse he has is probably well over 40,000 sq feet. Spread out across 2 floors are some of the longest complete boules of lumber I’ve ever seen in Sapele, Mahogany and Makore. He lets customers dig through some of the most amazing piles of lumber and pick your favorite boards. One board, or 1,000’s of bd/ft, ...
Out of the scrap pile and into a gift #1: Convert random scraps into end grain boards (cut first - design later)
OK. This blog stuff is new to me. I’ve got a couple projects going where I am forcing myself to leave the large stock alone and work with material that ends up getting burned after I have too much of it. I have been using CBdesigner from jayman7. He posted a project on this here. I have searched through blog entries and I think I am using this in a little different way. Another big resource for me has been dewoodwork’s blog on how to make an end grain cutting board. Clearly,...
About 3 weeks ago my wife & I went to an estate sale. This was no an auction but a 3 day sale where all items are priced. we were thee on the 2nd day went some items had started to be reduced. The owner had done some woodwork. I went to the barn where all the woodworking tools were, together with tools he used on his farm. Up against on wall were 3 boards that I could not identify. The guy who was handling that part of the sale, who also does a bit with wood told me that they were ...
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