I’m in the middle of this project, using walnut that I helped my dad cut some 30 years ago and has been in a barn drying ever since. I’m making this full size bed for my one twin daughter, as she asked me to do it. This is really my first major furniture project ever and has been quit the learning experience. I’ll post pix ASAP. All pieces are cut and sanded, now I’m going to fill the pores with orange shellac and sanding and then do a French polish finish on the m...
This has been an off and on project for me for several months. I have put it on the back burner to take a few commisions and finally got around to working on the top. To make things easier on me from a time stand point I bought a premade butcher block top and added the aprons saving me the time of milling all that lumber. The first thing that I tackle is routing the tongue on each end that will support each end cap. I route a 3/4” groove on each end cap. Next I layout the dove...
While working on building my workbench, I ended up breaking the Y part that is responsible for blade advancement (in/out) in my Buck-Bros #5 Jack plane. This one was probably one of my very first woodworking tools that I still have today, and with it I learned much about hand planing from proper tuning, to usage. As it happened, a day after It broke, I found a Stanley #6 fore plane on craigslist, and as luck had it – the guy was a few streets away from me. NICE. I figured I’m g...
I got the tools today so I thought I would show you guys what I got. First you can try to guess the hidden objects. They are shown in their new protective coverings for storage as I am currently workshopless. And if that wasn’t a word before then I just created it. They are the Lee Valley / Veritas Low Angle Jack Plane and the Lie-Nielsen Low Angle Block Plane in Bronze. I actually got the Lie-Nielsen plane at Woodcraft a few weeks before the conference but I haven’t...
Hi, I’ve seen these questions raised on several threads, and for many years didn’t know the answer to these myself. I just stumbled upon the “answers” which reminded me of the questions, so I figured I’d post it here for anyone that might be able to use it. I stumbled upon these on Lee-Valley website which is a golden fountain of knowledge if you know how to find it (some of their articles and tips are not visible, nor easy to come upon unless you stumble upon...
Woodworking In America 2009: Furniture Construction and Design #1: First Impressions and Lee Valley Sale
I am in the process of attending the Woodworking in America: Furniture Construction and Design Conference in St. Charles, IL. Today was the first day and I am very impressed so far. I plan to put up some more detailed descriptions of the sessions later on when I get a little more time. I just wanted to let everyone know that they have a nice exhibition hall with many vendors. Lie-Nielsen is there along with Lee Valley and many others. Lee Valley is giving 15% off and free shipping for any ...
So for the knob I inserted a bolt through the hole and chucked it on my cordless drill. Worked really well. Started with 80 then 150 and 220.. Here is a video for the handle…
Well I never thought the day would come when I would actually blog about something. My thinking has been that it is to personal.. Anyways, I thought this might be a good time to start. A first project for me that I would like to document. My Ex and I have been divorced for 14 or so years.. I was over at her new house visiting my 17 year old son and his “new” garage/workshop. Yea 17 and he has his own space. 1 1/2 car detached with plenty of power and a heater.. I&...
I purchased a couple used handplanes at a local garage sale. Both planes, a #5 and a #4, were purchased for $20 each. They were quite rusted and in pretty bad shaped. I used a belt sander to do a rough cleanup of all the parts. I then used my diamond honing stones to progressively flatten and smooth all surfaces. I also lapped the top and bottom of the blades and then sharpened them. I think I did pretty good for my first try. I wish I had some way to professionally grind the surfaces ...
I lost my dad to lung cancer almost two years ago. His passion was his talent of working with wood which I am going to miss tremendously. Because I was such a fan of his work and my husband also enjoys tinkering with wood, my dad left his wood working tools to me. After his Joiner & Planer have set in my garage for 1 1/2 years, I have made the decision to sell them to someone who will be able to use and enjoy them as much as he did. Although after he purchased them, he became ill so t...
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