It has been a long time since I started this blog and I thought I would have gotten to this stage a lot earlier. After my last posting I had to stay out of the shop for a while due to trouble with one of my feet the resulted in my having to have surgery so that set me back quite a bit. Then as I was trying to finish the board I was using my 16-32 drum sander and could not get the board to come out flat. No matter what I did it had a rock from corner to corner. I would take the machine apart a...
I know that I do not yet have the skill to place these holes with the necessary precision to have the 14 or so dowels line up between two pieces. I can however do this well enough once so that any small discrepancies in the layout will be virtually undetectable to the average human. With that in mind I made a template. But like I said, I’m not that good yet so first I made a template to help me make a template. The narrow piece is a hole guide. Those two holes are 1/4” ...
So I do three types of furniture projects; Practical, Restore, or Inspired. All have their pros & cons, these projects have 3 main parameters; Quality, Speed, and/or Cost. Now pick two you can have the other will suffer. Practical project is to build something that meets a needed usually now; a book shelf, a peer, sun shower, a shelf, radiator cover, etc. Usually speed & cost ware what I choose, and quality would suffer, but I usually over engineer the thing, so it is more bulky an...
I neglected to post this, but here is the link to download instructions for making a saw handle from Gramercy Tools. The instructions are very simple to follow and they provide some very useful hints to help in fitting the handle to the saw. In my case, the brass back for my saw is not exactly the same dimensions as the one from the kit, so I had to carve the groove for the to some slightly different dimensions than the instruction, but otherwise, I pretty much am following the instructions...
Finally, I got the finish completed on the tote. Well, I am calling it done. Finishing is just not my thing. So here it is. The picture below shows the repaired tote on my 604 plane which I have also restored. The objective of this blog is on the repair of the tote in a way where the repair is not obvious. No cheating here. It is the same tote (check pictures of the previous blogs). I didn’t resort to out of focus pictures. You be the judge. Below are close up pictures of the r...
Well I barely started some rust removal on the blade and found that the plane is a Mohawk Shelburne. I don’t know much about it, but know that it was made by Miller Falls, and was a less expensive model. I don’t know the date, but from the sounds of it, it is old. Any information on Mohawk Shelburne is appreciated. I will post pictures as time permits, but I’m just barely tinkering now. Thanks for the help.
I am 4 days into life with a Shopsmith & i already have 3 projects going. If I were in school they would say I have ADD! But hey I have to have something to do while glue & fnish are drying, right? LOL Now the key will be finish the Bandsaw Box, End Grain Cutting Board, & workbench.
We have just started all the woodwork in a 6000 sq. ft. brewery restaurant. I will be posting photos of all the projects as we go. The wood work includes the complete front entry with seeting, hostess stand, tables, base, case, paneling, custom doors, and of course a massive custom bar with copper bar top. I am so excited about having this oppurtunity in these times. I feel like I can let my creativity out on this one. I look forward to sharing our progress.
Laid out a few junkie boards. Well one was junkie, anyway. Pretty, ain’t? Needed to scrub away the junk on the outside, so I could at least see where I was cutting.. Little scrub plane was taking too long, so I got out a slightly bigger one Clamps might get in the way on a cut, so a couple 2” long screws to hold it in place, for my saw to do a rip cut I ripped a blank off the plank, turned the plank around to the other “good” side, and ripped again. ...
Still working on redrawing the plans and I came across an anomaly. The back and sides are solid wood panels. The side panels fit tight edge to edge. The back panels have a 3/16 gap between the panels and the posts. I could believe the gap is for wood movement, sounds reasonable, but then why not in the sides. Both the back and the sides are similar grain orientation and both will be subject to movement. I suspect the real answer is that whoever drew up the original plans either wanted t...
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