I have been working on the design of the Cabinet of the RAS for sometime now. I finally got the Sketchup done for the frame of the Torsion Box. I have been working on it for several hours this evening and have many more details worked out but that is gonna have to be for tomorrows blog. The outside frame is of 3/4” MDF and the ribs are 1/2” MDF. I could as easily go with 3/4” ribs. But I think I will have minimum deflection in this configuration. Anyone disagree?
So for the longest time I’ve heard how much a Shop-vac doesnt quite cut it when it comes to larger machines, and how much quieter “real” DC machines are compared to a shop-vac, but being a weekend warrior, my budget is limited, and space was a big issue for me until recently (we just moved, and I have a full garage to work with now – will be blogged soon as well). Lately I was eyeing some Delta AP400 machines that float on craigslist once in a while for very attract...
The cement contractors came back on Monday as promised & removed the forms. The concrete looks great. Notice that the “J” bolts in the top of the wall are installed toward the outside of the side & rear walls where the wall will be covered in vinyl siding. The “J” bolts in the front wall are installed toward the inside of the front wall. This allows me to have a ledge to lay the bricks on. I’ll be bringing in some dirt to level out & to kee...
So here is the entry of my pull out trash can box thing where i show the finish. due to prefinishing i have already done most of the finishing and put some parts together so i figured i would show that now. and then next week i will probably have the finished project up. so to start of course i sanded the piece to 180. i would not recommend using sycamore with hand tools. it doesn’t work well at all, and its hard to tell which way the grain is running. dovetails are really hard with syc...
I just built this router table out of Oak plywood, Oak trim, and a Pine drawer. It’s from a plan in Woodsmith This project appeared in Woodsmith Magazine No. 131, Vol. 22 / No.8 I’ve added the link to the plan below. The drawer has full slide hardware. I guess the fun part is building a router table without a router table ;-) . I’ve used it quite a bit so far and really like it. http://www.woodsmith.com/plans/ultimate-router-table/ John GrayEffingham, ...
Progress is good. Friday the contractors poured the footing using the “earth form” method & started building the forms for the wall & floor. Saturday they finished the forms & put in the limestone chat, leveled it & compacted the surface. Today (Monday) they poured the wall & the floor in one pour. The concrete came out nice & square & the floor is very level with one parting line through the half-way point. The men did excelent work. ...
Four Restorations, Two Remodels, Two Staircases, and One more Deck. The first 7 months of my move from computer programmer into professional woodworker. All this and I found time to write a new web application for woodworkers too. Though work has been decent in this economic climate, I can’t say there hasn’t been down time but I made the effort to put it to good use and develop Pins & Tails. Now originally it was supposed to be for me to track and journal my work to reference ...
Several weeks ago I was struck by a lightening bolt… Not in the literal sense but in the verbal sense. It came out of the blue when my wife, Sue, SUDDENLY & WITH NO WARNING, SAID… “Can you build a woodworking shop on the other end of the house so I can get my car back into the garage?” That’s how it started! This is the “other” end of my house… My yard is small so I had to make plans to put the shop within a foot of the uti...
The quick and dirty instructions on how to make a zig-zag pattern cutting board. Click on the pictures to see a full size image. Choose a couple different types of hardwood. The more colors the better. Below is cherry, maple and walnut. Rip strips of wood any width so the total with is about 12”. This is the width that will fit through my planer. The beauty of this is that none of the widths have to be the same. The board shown below is made of scrape wood. If you only have shor...
One important lesson i experienced this evening is to sand your clamping blocks well before using them on the molds to clamp the strips. I was in the middle of gluing a strip on and clamping it in place when i received a particularly nasty splinter from one of the clamping blocks. Stopping to remove a splinter in the middle of a glue up is exceptionally inconvenient. I am using the old puppy dewormer syringe application technique for my strips, about 20 cc for a 17 foot strip seems to...
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