So, this summer I’ve been busy with classes, client work and additional prototype designs for a new gallery, a museum exhibit and future class designs, as well as compiling content for some plans and templates I’m creating. Somewhere along the way I’ve been able to film a series of educational “quick tips” for woodworking. So here’s the first of my new series “The Woodworking Coach”. For more information visit my school’s website: www.c...
Well my shipment of plexiglass came in Friday, and all I can say is What was I worried about! LOL I followed the instructions directions that Sloan’s Woodshop gave, using the double skip tooth #3 blades I purchased from them. I left the wrapper on the plexiglass, and placed duct tape on top of that. It was like cutting butter! No melting, no problems! Had the shape cut in a matter of 1 minute. I sanded the edges with fine steel wool. Loved it learned something new! Thanks to ...
Young woodworker here looking for some advice. I’m working on a 34” x 34” frame for squeegeeing film photographs after they have been developed in a darkroom. The design is fairly simple I’m using 5/4 white oak for the frame connected with finger joints and then cutting a dado in the middle of the pieces to allow for a piece of plywood and plexiglass to rest in. This will be inside a school and will be exposed (not submerged) to water for about half of the year. I am making this to replace a ...
I was thinking whether or not to make this a continuation of the veneering bog, however many items here have more to do with vacuum systems, than veneering. Hence a new Blog! Photo one is a Demilune Hall Table top jig. Photo two is a 30 inch long tee square which we use for biscuiting and routing duties. We make marks on the blue tape, were the biscuits go. When were done we replace the tape. Photo three is an 8” square that we use to biscuit cabinet sides on. P...
As you may have guessed, I make many of these tables. The practice is needed, and the combinations of woods make it very interesting. These were all made from the plexiglass templates shown. By using these templates, I can make these tops very quickly. I also have other shapes that are more complicated, which I’ll post at another time. Lee
Templates and Jigs Whenever we do a project that has the potential to be built again, or if the design is somewhat difficult, we’ll spend the time to build a jig. This is a process that pays back big dividends, and has been practiced for hundreds of years. In the first instance, it makes sense to speed up the process of duplicating it. This prevents you from having to record all the dimensions and engineering that went into the piece. A very big time saver. In the second ...
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