I made the headboard and footboard. Or at least the main structure of them. This is the footboard, before I added any colouring to it: It is pine with the stripe of redwood. This is after it received colouring. What I finally did is stain it with a “natural” stain (Cabot) and then while it was still wet wiped on a special tint that is a wine colour. I’m fairly happy with the outcome, but it is far from finished. There’s going to be opportunity for i...
I have a Jet JJP-10BTOS 10” Combo Jointer-Planer, and I noted last night that the infeed and outfeed tables weren’t co-planer. There were no instructions in the manual on how to adjust them, so I called the 800# in my manual and after only about 4 minutes got someone on the phone who helped me in under a minute (e-mailing me the information I needed). Very nice experience from WMH Tool Group (makes of Jet, Powermatic, and others). Oh, and here is how you do it:
Hey everyone,I am in need of some help! I am writing a book called “The Burl Hunter”. I am looking for interested people who are willing to read as I write to help me out. I am not a great writer but I love to teach. What I would like to do is get about 5 people to read and critique the book. Even edit my grammar. I would like 2 people who know about burls just to keep me in check and 3 to just read to learn and see how it flows. I need your input. It is a book that will g...
Well, despite 60 MPH wind gusts, downed trees, and frequent showers, we braved the elements and used the planer sled to mill the lumber for the table today. I must say, the sled worked like a charm. The wood came out as flat as I can tell with my straight edge and winding sticks. Final thickness is 1.25” thick. Now on to edge jointing and glue up. (Jointed and planed)! Looks pretty flat:(Edge view)! The proud table-owner-to-be:(Proud owner and shop apprentice)!
I have been asked to build a large dining room table for a friend out of some very large pieces of VG fir. The wood has sentimental value for her and has been sitting in her barn for about a decade. We sat down and discussed various design options, and she has decided on a trestle style table using breadboard ends on the top. Sounded like a lot of fun to build, but I immediately ran into the first problem:(The Problem)! I only have a small 6” jointer. The boards are 9.5 inches wi...
The gods of craigslist smiled upon me again a few weeks ago. I have been on the look out for a planer to open up the possibility of using rough woods for my projects. A guy on craigslist posted a hitachi planer with stand for 90 bucks. It looks like it has been sitting around a while, but not really used much. I added the casters and bottom shelf myself. I think the planer is about 350 new, and the stand is at least another 50 bucks on top of that. I have shoved a few test pieces throug...
Like many of my fellow lumberjocks I worked on the Guild Build from the Wood Whisperer last month. Unfortunately it is still a work in progress (hey, 2 kids under 3 and a wife have a way of monopolizing your free time); but I thought that I would post some of the pictures and progress I made last month, then finish it off when the final steps were done. For those of you that don’t know, the Guild over at Http://www.thewoodwhisperer.com built Shaker tables last month in an effor to su...
i saw sinister’s cutting board last night ,http://lumberjocks.com/projects/30543and saw so many wondering how it was done ,i happened to have a bunch of exotic strips for something else ,and decided to do a board like his .to save him the trouble of drawing a tutorial for everyone about the build ,i took pictures of all the steps .i have sent him a PM asking his permission to post this ,while i await his response , i will be downloading into photobucket . .later ,no word from sinister y...
It all sounded pretty normal. The first attempt was met with a lot of knocking. Perhaps I had it too low. Hitting stop, raising it, and trying again worked fine, though there were a few slightly raised lines, about 1/4+ wide. I must have chipped the blades slightly. No matter – I can flip them around to the new edges, and I have another pack waiting if I need them. It does look like there’s a slight difference between left and right sides, but I’m talking something like 1...
I lamented last week that I just missed the closing time at the local bearing shop. I got there yesterday nice and early and they not only had the right bearings, but bearings with the exact same set of numbers stamped on the side. That gave me some confidence, even though the race covers looked a bit different. The man told me they were from their higher quality line of bearings, and here’s hoping. They were $10/ea., whereas Sears’ version were $4/ea., but I was happy to just get...
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