This is part one of ??? following my build of an oak storage bench. I chose oak because I am trying to match a client’s cabinets. She needed a specific size and functionality, so in this video, I go over my Sketchup model and explain how I plan on building this project.Enjoy! Oak Storage Bench Part One: Introduction
From Scraps to Strips. What are the available woods that are needed? They are unlimited in terms of target dimension which is a rhombus of 30×60 deg with width of 1 inch. Aside from this I need to check on the blend of colors that are classified according to dark darker darkest.. So I will use the narra stocks that I have plenty. The scrap 2×6 Narra parquet with varying thickness. These are the previous flooring used in our office. Therefore, two pieces ...
Over the years I’ve turned my floor standing drill press into a productive tool that uses space efficiently and makes it more versatile. I started with the table top which doesn’t help most woodworking if you just use the standard metal platform that comes with the drill press. The add-on provides a broader surface, a replaceable wood insert for backing the drilling, an adjustable fence, the storage drawer and a dust collection system. For even more dust collection, I added a semi-rigid colle...
Now that I have all of my lumber to start my projects, I need to get my garage in order and put together the shop in the best possible layout. But the first order of business is getting my vintage craftsman jointer in working condition. Oh as a heads up I very rarely and I do mean rarely buy anything tools new. Just a waste of money that can be spent on wood and more tools, but I digress. I have a Craftsman/King Sealey 101.03582 6” jointer with a fixed infeed table and adjustable outfee...
Entry on 1/18/2016: Watching some Disney this weekend I have come up with a name. She will be called, “Tiger Lily”! After getting some quotes from the lumber yard it occurred to me that, since I can’t get 4×10’s, I will have to scarf more than one joint to get the planking and board lengths for the 16.5 footer. This will add significant extra cost with a lot of waste. I decided to go to the 15’ version and, even though I’m losing about two feet o...
After working with pegboard walls for 6 months I have grown to despise the functionality of it. I often do most of my work on the assembly table or my small bench and find that my tools never quite make it up to the peg board and when they do they seem to immediately need to be used again. As a fan of the TESTED – Adam Savage podcast I came across his concept of using tool carts to get tools out of drawers and into a state of first order retrievability. This is a method I often use a...
After modifying my Harbor Freight dust collector, I needed a filter for the discharge of the blower. The dust collector mod did a great job eliminating a majority of the dust, but it was still discharging fine dust into my workspace – something I didn’t want to be breathing. This time I drew up a plan in Sketchup and used it to guide me in this build. The build was rather straightforward, and a made small changes here and there where it made sense. I call it a 3-stage filter b...
Entry on 1/15/2016: Hi everyone! I am an avid steelhead fisherman in Southeast Michigan. The rivers down here are a little difficult to drift a float like I would prefer. It’s hard to get into a good hole due to lots of overgrowth on the banks and the majority of the river being private property. My solution is the Power-Drifter from Glen-L. It will allow me to slow my travel down the river, hotshot, fly fish, or drift with a spinning combo or centerpin. I will also get some good ...
After shopping for gates to corral our 11-month old crawler, my wife and I decided none of the available products provided the features we wanted. We also found the better units to be quite expensive. I began to think the “universal” nature of these things was limiting their ability to be very good at anything. Lots have a crossbar to trip over, others have strange latches, and none seemed like something we wanted to spend a bunch of money on. I spent some time in SolidWorks...
I’ve got a challenging project coming up for my church. The new preschool director has asked for a stand up computer desk. I was going to build something similar to the one I built previously for the church secretary [link], but more square instead of angled. Now I’m thinking I want to make this project: a) mounted to the wall, (like the other one)b) able to be lowered somewhat easily for those who don’t want to stand up. The computer there might be used by others durin...
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