Legs first… I know this seems backwards (especially given the various blogs and books on the subject) but I’m going to give it a shot. My neighbor gave me a 12’ 6×6 pressure treated beam. I read somewhere that you should not use this stuff in the shop, but I’ve been around the stuff my whole life and it hasn’t affected me. Nevertheless, that’s what I’m using for the legs. I cut the legs to 35” on the chopsaw and planed them square (they ...
"adirondack chair making" #1: my first adirondack chair was made in 1995, now two decades later, I am still at it
when I was a freshman in high school (1995), I won the end of the year award for woodshop when I produced an Adirondack Chair. Now 2014, I am still at it. I only get better and better at them. Now I am giving them some Texas, southwestern, rustic flare with a cut-out the shape of the state. I now make Adirondack chairs on a weekly basis mostly for therapy. But I sell them too. In post(s) to follow I will explain more about Adirondack chair making.
Got back down to the Dungeon Shop, figured it was time to hand plane some parts smooth. That way, I can reference off the pieces better. Corner posts were first up. Set up a bench hook of sorts. More of a plane stop. Added a piece of thin scrap to one side, square to the end cleat. Placed the first piece in, and added a screw to keep things tight. Plane stop itself is screwed down through the scrap pieces, as well. Won’t bother the bench’s top, anyway. Plan...
January is in the bag! Finally kicked the flu to the curb and finished the bed I have been working on. My wife and I delivered it last night. I broke the 200 mark on Facebook & took a couple more commissions. I’m also working on some designs for smaller items I can get going on etsy. I’m getting organized in the shop… but this is an on going process. I’ll try and take some before/after pics if anyone is interested. Until next time…...
So far, in my woodworking “career”, I’ve made 4 benches. It’s a simple design that I came up with that uses yellow pine 2×4s for all the pieces. The 1st bench I put together was … bulky. The final design, which I’m very happy with, I think of as the Mk III; doubled 2×4s for the legs with a shoulder for the bench to rest on, 1/2” slats suppored by braces in the middle, all held together with Miller dowels. The Mk I was all single pieces...
A Rustic New England End Table Explained By Derek Skapars Expert Author Derek Skapars No matter where you live, or what you do for a living, each and every one of our lives includes furniture. We sit behind a desk, eat dinner at the kitchen table, and empty the contents of our pockets in the night stand draw at the end of the day before we climb into bed. There are numerous variations and many different styles of furniture. My focus is rustic furniture and through examining t...
Today at the age of 32, I am a well-established furniture maker, small business owner, and woodworking instructor. At the age of 7 my Father John Skapars introduced me to the fine art of woodworking. I can remember helping him install our homes living room floor in the suburban Boston, Massachusetts town of Dover. An interest was sparked, and a true passion was discovered. Being an excellent student, knowing what I want, and not being afraid of failure all contribute to my current suc...
Guys and gals, I need your advise. I’m cooking my underbench chest of drawers to store some tools. And I’m dreaming about full extension drawers. Here’s what I’m up to so far: half-wooden shop-made full extension slides. Two aluminum extrusion profiles and wooden runner: The extrusions are cut in flash into carcase wall and drawer: I think whole idea is more or less clear, anyway see some pictures of drawer in action. Fully closed: ...
Hey all, I am happy to report that a big part of ShopQuest 2014 has been completed. My new lathe is on a stand and all set up to try out. It was built using left over 2×4s and a new 2×12 board. Seems pretty sturdy so far and considering I am not planning on throwing a massive chunk of anything on it I think it will work well. I am planning to hopefully turn something this evening. Have to take a look to see what I have that is prepped to go. Otherwise it will be a few days. T...
A simple woodworking project. Here is a Fun, Easy, Attitude Adjuster using wood from your backyard. Great for hanging in your living room, kitchen, computer room, or just giving it away as a fun gift. It is one of the most popular conversation pieces in our house. Everyone wants one. Be creative and name your hammer whatever you want. Enjoy! Share, Comment & Subscribe Thanks for watching! New Video check it out! Click here
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