Well life has been busy for me, like most of us on here I’m sure. Between X-mas, work, travel, and the Honey do list, how time flies. I just received more cutting board commissions and of course they all want them for Valentine’s Day. But money is a good thing. I have planned down the rough Walnut after making a jig for my planner, turning it into a 12 1/2 inch jointer Thx to Fine Woodworking magazine. See project, http://lumberjocks.com/projects/59496 for more info. This worked ...
After letting the lumber acclimate for a couple of weeks, I rough cut all the pieces, leaving them all slightly oversized so I can cut, joint and plane them down to final dimensions along the way. I have a 12” miter saw, but it is not a slider. Therefore, I’m not able to cross cut 12” wide dimensional lumber on it. So I made a basic little cross cut sled to make all the cross cuts on my table saw. Since the top of the bench is the most important – functionall...
http://youtu.be/5GHFPZNDPzo Building a toy box of a three tiered design. Stained then finished with water based poly.
Okay finally happy with the sanding of the actual boxes for the speakers and they are now classed as completed to return to the owner for him to do his part. Problem is they don’t look to different from my last blog… but trust me… they are… :-) As the person that I did these for will put the finish coating on, I don’t believe he has decided yet what he is going to do… I thinkk he wants to stain them… haven’t a clue. Final sanding done̷...
In order to make the plane into a skew cut, I had to saw off the sides. Doing so wasn’t the easiest thing. I was pretty happy with my results though – keeping within 1/16 of where I wanted to be almost the entire way. Now that I’ve cut the skew, it’s time to reattach the sides so I can appropriately size the iron! So, I drilled a few 1/4” holes so I can use dowels to align everything. This way I can assemble the plane and properly fit the wedge, iron, etc&...
This is a satisfying little project that many of you can make in your sheds/shops/garages. You may find when you are nearly finished that you sneak in a little test…..make sure you do finish the project from then on. Happy woodworking.
At some point in December, I decided I’d be building my bench out of Douglas Fir. As stated in Chris’s book, Doug Fir is stiff and moderately hard. It isn’t that heavy, but given the amount of material I’ll be using on the bench, the final product should be heavy enough. Also as recommended in the book, I realized that a big box store would be a fine place to get the lumber. 2×12s are readily available at every Home Depot and Lowes near me. I have a good tabl...
So after reading Christopher Schwarz’s book Workbenches: From Design and Theory to Construction and Use, I decided it was time I built myself a “real” workbench. I’ve had various bench-like structures that I’ve used as assembly tables, clamping areas, clutter storage, etc. My current “bench” is basically a large custom cabinet base with a formica top and an integrated Kreg measuring fence built on it that I use for making cuts on my miter saw....
Well, the temperature in MN has turned to normal for this time of year, from the 40s to the teens, and working in my garage has slowed a bit. On top of that both my wife and a friend have asked for other projects, which of course, I am happy to put in line after this one. But it is cold in the garage (workshop) and metal planes rob heat from the hands faster than a politician with a sweet tooth grabbing a lollipop from a child! Progress must continue. So I will start work on the apron, I ...
After sawing off the sides, it’s time to see about cutting the skew of the blade. After some deliberation I decided on angling the blade 20 degrees. It’s not a large angle, but I felt that a more complex angle would cause a hard time when shaping the blade. Cutting the frog section was easy. Things got interesting when I was cutting the relief on the nose-piece. Two complex angles – thank god for bevel gauges.I also started thinking about the slitter. I’ve se...
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