Project Status: Planning phase This is a sketch of the workbench. I’m still working on some of the design/looking for parts and ideas. This plan includes the “less expensive” top… I will eventually put a really nice top on it, but need something functional right off. It will also include two veritas vises: Front Vise and Twin-Screw Vise I like these two vises but will add a bit of cost to the top. Some questions about the future top: Round or...
My miter saw station. The middle section might be versatile and house other tools that would benefit from a larger out-feed table. Project Status: Lumber Purchased
In this series we will be talking Custom…. a custom made Torque WorkCentre that is..A short time ago I was approached by a rather large Cabinetmaking/Joinery company with regards a special job they need to do…It seems that as part of a multi million dollar contract, they need to make a variety of desks, both stand alone and with returns [ so this means that some have two gable ends and some only one..]. The desks were made from 54 mm [just over 2 inches] thick plywood ranging in...
I’M BRINGING THIS FORWARD SO IT ISN’T SO HARD TO FIND. SO FAR WE WERE WORKING ON A NOVEMBER 6th DATE FOR THE GATHERING, . SO, I’M ASKING EVERYONE AND ALSO THE DETROIT GANG, TO COME ON UP TO DEWITT, IF WE CAN GET THE HALL THERE, AND THERE IS A SAWYER LESS THAN 15 MINUTES AWAY FROM THERE, THAT THOSE THAT WISH TO, CAN GO AND PICK UP SOME GREAT DEALS. WE NEED TO GET A SEMI ACCURATE HEAD COUNT SO DON’T SAY YOU’RE COMING IF YOU DON’T HAVE ANY DESIRE TO ATTEND, YO...
Tommy has done it again. His updated website is now provided twenty plus video clips of the Tool Box Build. FYI, Tommy released a DVD on this project about a year ago. I bought it when it came out and all I can say is that it is a well produced, high quality product. Now, it’s even better. Tommy is giving it to us. That’s right.. FREE BABY!.. Follow this link to get to T’s website. http://www.thomasjmacdonald.com/ Now, look in the lower right corner under “What&...
I talked to Billy J. the other day, David Craig and Rustic Rick, they all liked the idea but Rick didn’t want to have anything to do with the planning, and I don’t blame him. He’s had a hand, along with me in two of the last 3 get togethers we had. He said something about a gettogether at a woodworking show, but I’m talking about a meal together with friends, maybe sharing some wood with each other or something. The last one was great, but it was too long ago. I would ...
I was absolutely overwhelmed by the positive response to my Zig Zag How To blog post yesterday, that I decided to brainstorm some possible combinations (on my lunch break) using the basic steps I outlined yesterday. All of the same techniques and steps apply, and really the only difference is the woods and measurements that make up the original “sticks.” Same rules apply to width = height. Length is up to you. Please experiment with whatever measurements and combinations strike...
For those of you who asked me for a tutorial on how to make the zig zag legless vegetable death table (cutting board), here is my best shot. I am far too impatient to take photos when I work, so I decided to illustrate the process using some good old Adobe PhotoShop. I hope you find this useful and informative. I will outline the process in 10 steps below. I have assumed that when viewing these steps that basic woodworking skills are familiar to you. If you have questions, or run into snag...
It seems like I have been all over the board the past couple days regarding work. I don’t know. Sometimes it just happens. I have so many directions that I could go in and I need to commit myself to going in one. Or at least one at a time. Doing only one thing is almost impossible these days. There has been so much opportunity from many different places and I don’t want to let any of them go. I find that I do one task for a while and then get distracted and do another task ...
Recently I decided that my existing miter saw station wasn’t ideal. It is a mobile station and is fairly stable given that it is light and easy to move. But, in truth I rarely, if ever, move it. So, the fact that it is mobile has meant very little. What has mattered is that it is small, too small. Cutting long pieces on it can be a bit of a headache. This was enough of a push to start a new project. Looking around I have found plenty of inspiration. Using this I came up with a few de...
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