Twenty years ago was the last time I did any real woodworking. That was at NAS Moffett Field, where I was stationed as a Weapons System Technician on the Lockheed P-3C Orion aircraft. The base has a terrific wood shop and I treid to go as often as possible. Unfortunately, my hectic Navy life was less than conducive to long hours in the shop, so I did what I could. A year later I decided to leave the Navy. Since then I have only cut wood out of necessity and basic need, not for fun. So sad&...
TV Stand #8: Raised Panel Doors, Soss Invisible Hinges, Table Top Edge, Getting Ready for the Finish
Yes it’s been over a month since I’ve posted an update but I’m still working on my TV stand. Raised Panel Doors Since my last blog, I finished the raised panel portion of my doors. This is the first time I’m doing a raised panel and I was having a problem getting the panel flush with the frame. To correct this problem I disassembled the panel router bit and raised the back cutter. Now I would be able to remove more of the back. Now the panel fit exactl...
Now that the construction of the carcass was finished (as far as I can think) it was time to trim off the excess of the face frames (front was already done, and just had to do the back). I trimmed off the back as I got home from work. I used a block plane for that and brought the carcass into the house to continue working on it later at night when I get more time: can still see the burn marks from the TS. Nothing that a good shave/scrape wouldn’t clean right off: Later at ...
Since I do not find much time lately to get any progress I figured I’d try to sneak in some shop time in-betweens. Yesterday I was able to sneak in some shop time while grilling outside:1. Turn on Grill, let warm up2-. Joint board flat and square3. Place chicken on grill4-. Rip board to get 2 1/2” strips ~3” wide5. Turn Chicken so it won’t burn6-. Rip narrow strips to get 4×1/2” x 7/8” strips7-. Cut a center groove in strips for spline8. Turn chicke...
Another small step forward. I was able to mill some mahogany today for the face frames. I milled some 7/8”x1/2” strips from 1 long board that I was hoping would be enough for both front and back face frames but unfortunately it only yielded enough material for the front which is also all I had time today to manage. So I joint a board with my #6 so that I can then rip it on the TS to long narrow strips 7/8” wide (to cover the 3/4” plywood with excess that I could the...
So, it’s been 43 days since the last blog on this topic as well as around 30 days since I had any words from the shop. The lack of communication really didn’t bother me at all since I assumed that I had no sales and I would shortly be going back to the shop, packing up my stuff and writing off the entire experience as a “lesson learned” with no money lost by anyone. Not so fast. I finally got an email from one of the owners saying that business is “picking...
On my walk this morning I paused to admire the Willamette River. It is wide and this morning it was quiet, peaceful and full. As always it was flowing past me, underneath my footbridge. The body split apart and came back together again with grace and ease. After admiring it’s awesome beauty I was reminded of my work and the feeling of running in place. On the surface the river looks so peaceful so laid back like nothing is really going on. It’s so full that rapids aren’t even showing whe...
Update: Started expansion finally on what is essentially now, just a 10X8 tool shed. If all goes as planned, I will almost triple my sq. footage and the tool shed will become my shop.ManI like the sound of those words. Having seen many great shop builds and shop tours, mine by comparison is not much of an undertaking.I will be building an approxmately 50 sq. ft. extension and then tying this all in to an existing 7×8 plasticshed that I will reinforce and insulate. So the tool shed ...
There’s an article, by the well-known Christopher Schwarz, that tells how to make a workbench for about $175.00. I like that idea ;-) He raves about SYP, but … not much of that in my neighborhood, so …. I went with the dimensional Doug Fir, from the Depot. I’m working on the base, right now, but … here’s the top … before being trimmed to length: Got his recommended vise, bench dogs, and Wonder Dog, from Lee Valley. The top will dress ...
This is a quick update in my shop creation progress. What do you do when your shop is in the crawlspace of your house and you run out of room…Grab a jackhammer and carve out a bigger space! I didn’t take an actual “Before” photo, but this is how it looked about half way through. And this is how it looks now, with an added 60 sq. ft. of floor space! Lots more than that in maneuvering room; now I can get to my lumber storage area (right of picture) without riski...
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