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...
well i had some really good shop time today and got alot done. a lot of pictures so i will try to keep text to a minimum. as always first i started off cutting the board to manageable pieces. then milled them 1/8” heavy and let them do their moving and took them down to final size when i needed them. then i needed to glue up the panel for the top and here i am doing a dry glue up to get everything ready. after the glue up was done and the glue dried i took the panel out. flus...
A few months back, we learned that we were expecting our third child. My wife, the youngest of five kids, is adamant that this child have their very own crib and dresser. Who am I to argue? A couple weeks ago we learned it was a boy – so, I set off to design and build a “masculine” dresser. Inspiration My first step was to review some of my favorite projects on lumberjocks.com. I’ve added references to these projects at the end of this post. They’re all exc...
A few years back Fine Woodworking magazine did an article that gave me a new inspiration. That was to utilize space on a piece of furniture that would otherwise be wasted and install a secret compartment. Now I don’t have sensative government documents I am hiding nor do I have priceless pieces of art I am trying to hide nor secret documents that once I give it to the press will make us feel differently about, let’s say, Coca Cola. I just felt inspired to try a new kind of chal...
After taking a handful of Pringles, and one starts to fall off the pile, Don’t (Underline Don’t) try to put your two hands together to keep it from falling. Not quite as dangerous as trying to catch a falling chisle, but more messy.
Hey guys, this is going to by my first out of at least three blogs this summer. Me and my dad are building stuff for the house, and I’m here to document it! :) Without further adieu, here’s (part of) what I did with my summer. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— My first blog entry about my summer! How exciting! But…the first one or two will be rather boring, describing the design process and planned construction process and no pictures, ...
Here is a Sketch up drawing of what my finshed shop will look like, I hav put in my assembly table and also hav designed a router table, table saw with stand, workbench and an end bench with wall mounted cabinets. On the far wall I will keep tools such a band saw (when I get one) and anything else big :) Any suggestions feel free Thanks Callum
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