Hello again folks, this blog aint done yet, I still have to finish the railings and ladders and make this thing a bunk bed. I started a new job recently so I’ve been very busy, as a result, shop time has been limited and my picture taking has been lax. But I’ve got enough below to give you an idea of the process. Nothing too ground breaking here and no galoot points when it comes to mortising. Jointing one face and one edge so I can feed them through the thickness planer ...
In this video, I build a boot jack to help with getting those mud boots off! http://youtu.be/onEJrdQw1o4
I was asked by a local photography studio if I could make props for baby photos. Apparently this is quite popular, to pose babies with different props. I did some searches and was given some websites to look at for inspiration. The moon prop was made from 1/2” thick MDF with twelve 7” long pine slats. This is how I cut each moon. I had a piece of MDF that was 24” x 48” which I used to cut both moon pieces (one for each side). I cut a larger circle using my ro...
It’s been a while and I’ve been plugging and plodding away on this. When I left off, I had finished off the dry fit of the saw till/dog house and had the vision of a tilt out feature like a potato bin. No pics on the glue up. Not any different than the dry fit/rehearsal anyways. After the glue dried I spent some time with my 60 1/2 low angle block plane and MF #9 smoother finishing and fitting the till to the saw bench. While trying to determine the pivot location...
As with any good project, it’s best to begin with a idea and a pile of lumber. In this case I had both. Now the tank that is going on this stand is 220 gallons. That’s a lot of weight. I always try to over build when I can, so I went with a 2×6 upper platform and a 2×4 lower on. Now, the important part of these stands are the legs. They will be holding a lot of weight. You also don’t want the weight coming down in one point. You want to sprea...
I’m not sure why it is, that those simple things that make life easier always seem to take a back seat, I am in the enviable position that because I only have my micro-workshop, I can spend my time making some of the things I would probably never get around to otherwise. One of the things that surprised me here in Colombia, is the apparent inability to be able to buy a reel cable, they only seem to sell extension cables ‘loose’, you can buy a reel separately (a small vers...
My father-in-law has been a long-time builder of Adirondack chairs. He’s retiring this year, so I decided to build him a custom Adirondack chair for his retirement. I looked around a bit for inspiration, and really liked this chair by Michael Brown: The lines are nice, and I like the idea of the bentwood slats for the back and seat, to be more comfortable than the traditional Adirondack design. I posted a question about it on one of the forums, and Andrew Kopac of 24HourDesign...
The B-17 has been painted and needs it’s redneck details before entering into the RAF (Redneck AirForce). I went with wheels for propellers, I personally like how it looks but hey who am I. I am going to make a stand and send it off to a happy home after the paint is finished probably with the P-51 and spitfire. I think the neck thing in line after this is a train. I have a couple books with diesel trains both locomotives and cars and I think that will be the next project. Enjoy ...
I have the basic frame assembled. It is smaller than I expected but it should serve as a jig storage/ assembly/work cart just fine. And it will fit into my work area s I had hoped it would. Here is my progress for today. One of the sides glued, screwed and tattood! :-) The joints are half lap. I forgot to mention the legs and sides are 2×4 from the big box store. The end pieces are hard maple I had on hand. The frame is complete. I will let the glue cure over night. It turned ou...
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