I woke up one day last week and decided I wanted a new computer desk. First order of business was the planning process. A cup of coffee and five minutes later and that arduous task was complete: It’ll be about yea wide, so tall, and will use that common cherry with all the black sap that I need to get rid of. It seems a bit vague now, but it looked exactly like what I wanted in my mind. I started with four legs, but had no 8/4 cherry and 4/4 looked too thin so I used a lock-miter bit...
I am building my first real piece of furniture out of ALL wood. I have made tables, beds and bakers racks, among other things, out of steel and wood with some glass. I have never used nice hardwood and made what I consider fine furniture. I have been working on this cradle for a long time. Not everyday and only a couple hours at a time. I have run into some problems a long the way and have chalked them up to just a learning curve issue. Most could have been avoided with better plannin...
My shop is a 2 car garage. But I only had corner of that floor space, the rest was devoted to my mother’s junk. My Dad was moving his stuff out of storage and I grabbed nearly all his tools and by the time I was done I had very limited space. However, my mom and I decided last weekend to go on a purging spree of the garage. Which included taking everything out and deciding weather to keep, trash, or good will. When it was all said and done I had almost tripled my shop. It’s taken ...
Morning all! [_]D Regular readers will know that I managed to complete a new tool build this week. I find myself at a bit of a cross-road point today though. My shop has been in the works going all the way back to ‘08, and just like any other good shop, it is never ‘really’ done. In my case that is definitely true. Three major points that need to be done in the next two months are: Finish installing the siding on the upper section of the shop, My shop has always quali...
I am a big board game geek and because of that I have been trying to think of how to tie my new hobby of woodworking with the joy of playing board games. I decided to make a simple dice tower. A dice tower helps you roll dice to ensure no cheating as well as keep the dice from falling off the table and away from knocking all the pieces off the board. I found several ideas online and went from there. I decided for the randomizer inside the tower I would use 2×2 blocks cut into a spi...
There’s a new post on the Little Good Pieces Blog: “What I Screwed Up This Week – December 12, 2010”. It’s about my failure to plan ahead when cutting out parts. Check it out! http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com/2010/12/12/what-i-screwed-up-this-week-december-12-2010/
I found a nice little coping saw at the Habitat today. Put a new blade into it, and tried it out on a bit of plywood. Failed utterly. I don’t know what I’ am doing with this tool. I’ll read up on it. Ran into the head of the maintenance staff while I was walking my dog this morning. I asked what the current waterproofing is, so that I would know how to deal with it when I re-do the wall. He told me that they use dryloc, and that if I want it re-waterproofed I ca...
Last month I posted an article titled Old School V. New School, I have received lots of great comments and emails from this article and really enjoyed writing it as it made me think a lot about my grandfather and father. One of the last comments mentioned the difference between computer designed furniture and cabinets as compared to woodworker designed. This is a subject that I have been interested in for some time. As a project manager for a national multi-family builder I built on a ve...
I need to straighten out an eight foot piece of oak. I needed to take a ¾ inch bow out of the board. I have no joiner. I clamped a straight edge on the oak and cut it with my skill saw. I do not have a wood working bench to hold it for planning either. I used one clamp to hold it vertically and another clamp to hold that clamp. Placing the whole she-bang against a firm object, away we go!! The No. 7 Stanley whipped it out in nothing flat ;-))
I feel I am getting more confident in my ability to do woodworking. Being able to visualize my projects and have a real concept of what it will take to finish the next step or even the whole project, is very helpful to me. Trying something new that you think may just work perfectly, I have learned so much with this approach. You may surprise yourself. When I’m frustrated with the way things are going, having the ability to set that task aside and complete another part is very helpful. O...
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