Well it’s kinda clunky and made outa junk ductwork, but the price was right, and it works! I started with some old pipe from a friends vent hood off their old stove. It had an accumulation of gunk from years of cooking. It was serviceable after scraping and bending flat though. Then I drew up the 4” high transition from a 13.5” x 2.75” rectangle to a 4” circle. I cut that half pattern out and transferred it to the sheet metal with a center p...
I started a commission for a custom bath vanity a few months ago. I am going to try to blog the process in as much detail as I can remember for anyone that would like to follow along. The project is not quite finished yet and I had been meaning to start the blog ages ago but I guess better late than never. Here goes. Ok so the concept was to build an open style furniture vanity unlike your cabinet type units. So I came up with a concept as shown below modeled in sketch up. It was origi...
We recently built a tractor shed/office building in the village where I live and work with the Hewa tribe. All the wood used for this project was from pine trees that we cut down and slabbed ourselves. The tin, though, we had to have flown in on a small, single prop Cessna. The shed is now used to house the small tractor and slasher that we use to keep our grass airstrip cut. The other side has two small 8’x8’ offices for me and my co-worker that we use for language study as we...
My latest post is about a university project. Click the link to view the blofgpost http://joshhallfurniture.weebly.com/1/post/2013/12/glueless-structure.html Many thanks Josh Hall
So I am making some saw dust and I go to turn on my 22-540 planer and I hear a crunch. I get a sick feeling knowing that I am either going to be out some time or money or both. It turns out that the dust hood 50-359 shifted and was caught in the blade. The shroud is salvageable. However the blades need to be changed. I look up how to do this with out the knife setting jig. I cannot buy one because it is out of stock. I learned how set planer knives with this video: http://www.youtu...
Here’s a photo story of how a beautiful sapele slab dining table came to be… I anxiously awaited my flawless sapele slab from a top-dollar dealer… How NOT to palletize a very expensive slab. The 60 inch by 10 foot sapele slab arrived in less than the perfect shape promised. Here it is unwrapped, beautiful, but problematic… Hmm… I would say that’s cupped and sawn pretty bad. Yikes! Not the 12/4 promised. I decided to sand this board rath...
Having one’s tools on wheels, providing mobility in the work shop is great. Have a double duty station that is not only mobile but helps you gain back valuable bench space… now that’s the “cat’s meow.” The drill currently sits on the work bench while the planer is on a make-shift rolling cart I’ve seen here on LJ and on You Tube these flip tables. But better yet, Hank, a local wood worker has one I’ve seen in person and I certainly see how helpful it is. If you are interested i...
In this video, I build a boot jack to help with getting those mud boots off! http://youtu.be/onEJrdQw1o4
Yesterday I completed the combination pallete and wet canvase holder. It is constucted out of birch plywood with oak inserts for holding the wet canvases. The pallete is finished with two coats of BLO. It is shown out of the box with an inserted canvase and inside the box with the pallete in view. I trimmed the drawers with walnut and put two coats of Danish oil on the box. I’ll let the oil dry for three or four days and then finish with satin wipe on polyurethane. ...
Solid bookmatched panels. They seem simple, but there are techniques to getting great looking panels. On a piece like this blanket chest I working on, I start with the panels. They get the choice cuts, and I want to have some flexibility on the project dimensions depending on how the panels are turning out. With QS material, I like to find medullary rays like this. For something like knotty alder, I would strategically place the knots…etc. When cut and bookmatched QS can have ...
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