This idea has been kicking around in my head for almost a year, and recently gathered momentum due to the fact that I acquired a new (and practical/non-lethal) table saw. I also re-discovered Sketchup after many years, now having something to actually draw. To this point the desk has gone through a lot of practical refactoring: I decided that because I will not have the cash on hand to buy a thickness planer that all the lumber would probably need to be sourced from available dimensional...
Had a few things leftover from the screen door build. Got to thinking about building SOMETHING out of them, just to get them out of the way. Then, I noticed where all the “ready Use” planes were sitting Even the smaller smoothers wer hanging out a bit. Had a 7” wide piece of pine. Laid the longest plane of the group on the plank. Needed to find an angle that it would sit at. Once that was found, a couple “sides” were cut out of the plank The...
After a few days of applying polyurethane, the crates are now fully finished. A total of 3 coats were applied each day for the past 3 days. With that, another project is finished! Now for about a week of curing time, and then they can be put to use. When I declared project completion, my wife’s response was “well, I still want to put some labels and rope handles on them.” My response, “my job is done….” Once the finish is fully cured, a new pr...
All I have to say is that the rack is up and it is going to create a TON of free space, especially that wall! I am going to be able to get a lathe in there some day instead of having a mess of sheet goods! I added extra storage above the rack too. I have a place to sticker lumber now! Please take a look and leave your comments to let me know what you think!
(Note: This blog is the most current, as of November 16. It should be #8.)* Hello winter. We have snow on the ground but nothing like to the north in Wisconsin. Still, timing is everything. I have spent the time between my last blog and now racing the weather to complete the bench and get shop ready for the car to come back. If I had one of those little compacts this would be no big deal, likewise a large garage. But the car is a Durango and the shop is only 18×20. And my pl...
Why buy it when you can make it! #24: Storage Crates [Part 5] - Do you want to do some special painting with daddy?
Braving the cold weather today meant I was able to finish sanding and apply the stain. Rather than spending the time staining on my own, I asked my daughter if she wanted to do some “special painting” with daddy. So off we went to apply the first coat of stain. All that arts and crafts time with mommy must have paid off cause this 3 year old did an awesome job. I decided to try Rustoleum Ultimate Wood Stain and was surprised to see acceptable blotching. The 1-2 hour re-coat t...
Why buy it when you can make it! #23: Storage Crates [Part 4] - Man is it cold... but thankfully I'm almost done?
A little bit of work here, a little bit of work there. It is not fun woodworking outdoors in the cold. After a few days of scattered work, the crates are now assembled. I think the make-shift finger joints look quite nice. Given my choice of material (SPF furring strips), and my low expectations for long-term survival, the crates are assembled with just screws (no glue). Each side of the crate has 6 screws and the hardboard panel is floating in the groove. My daughter had a blast ...
Why buy it when you can make it! #22: Storage Crates [Part 3] - Wife needs to run a few errands = A lot less woodworking
Public holidays are great for weekend warriors, who can pack in a lot of woodworking in a finite amount of time. After falling behind on my 2 day woodworking schedule (due to a shortage of clamps), I had high hopes of making up the time, getting through pre-sanding of all the parts so that I can handle finishing in the evening hours before assembly. Unfortunately my hopes were dashed when I was informed by my wife that she had lunch plans for us as a family, followed by many errands that wo...
My wife picked up some birthstone necklaces for my sisters grand-children and of course they came in these ugly cardboard boxes.I just had to do something about this.So down to the workshop I went and started cutting wood.I think they turned out pretty good and I am sure that Willow and Annie will like these.http://youtu.be/cX0wHfsZUBs
Part one of the storage crate project began with material procurement. About a week ago, I went to my local Lowes to pick up as many straight-ish furring strips I could pull off. What I found is that either my local Lowes doesn’t stock enough of the 1×4 furring strips or they are an obscenely popular product. After scouring through what was left, I walked away with 10 boards that were acceptably straight. Unfortunately, about 4 of the boards had the pith in it, so time will tel...
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