I went ahead and glued my sides together the other day. The sides actually went together well. I never have had band clamps on hand and I liked how they seemed to make the process simpler for me. I had previously used blue tape to hold mitered corners in place, which had worked well, but these clamps really allowed me to apply pressure where tape would just not. Then, I glued and clamped the lid down while trying to keep the detail work lined up as closely as I could. However, before I...
I have now completed the rear half of the Grader apart from the wheels. Most of the cab is made from New Zealand Kauri with American Cherry for hinges on the doors. The rear tool box is also Kauri. I have temporarily pinned the two halves together and sat the rear axle on blocks for a better idea of how the whole thing will look a little later on. I made the hinges on the doors slightly out of alignment so that they bind a little when fully opened. This keeps them in the open po...
Alaskan Chainsaw Mill V2.0 is going to be a follow on to the review I posted around this time last year. It seems to have been fairly liked considering it now shows up on Google within the first page of search results. Just type in “Chainsaw Mill” into Google and you will see it within a scroll or two. I’ll thank you all on Lumberjocks for that. Note: some of the images are large but if you right click on them and “Open image in new tab.” You will be able to see...
Well really two stages today….the main event was this afternoon. Then I went back down to do a wee bit more, as a stage 2….....didn’t quite work out. Leg was having issues towards the end. Sitting here with an ice pack on the leg, and a Norco pill in me. Anyway…here we go…. I removed the brace till from it’s perch, and placed the electric grinder in it’s place. I needed a couple other toys to move aside….and then try to remove the...
Well it was about time to retire/replace the crosscut sled I made about 10 years ago. It served good duty, but after being tossed around in the back of my truck and used and abused by the guys on the job, I thought I’d make myself a new sled with a few extras. I reclaimed the fence from the old sled, as it is laminated hard maple. It only needed a few passes over the jointer and planer to get it nick free and spiffy looking. Since I want this sled to handle dados and possibly beve...
A BC Rich guitar came home with me a while ago. Suffering from some neglect it needed some TLC so the owner could once again enjoy something that goes with spandex and big hair…lol. View on YouTube
So…I’m a bit nervous. I’m nervous because the progress that I made on this box went very well last night. The other shoe has to drop at some point, right? Maybe the woodworking gods have decided that they’ve given me enough ‘experience’ for this project. Who knows… Last night, after having re-RE-glued one of my side pieces, I ran all four of them through the planer, being really careful to go as slowly as possible while bringing them all to the same thickness. I averted another disaster an...
Not every day that I will try to draw up a plan, usually done inside my overworked brain. Sometimes, though, I need to make a few squiggles on some paper, to help find what size of parts are needed. Such is the case for the Chest o’Drawers project. 5 drawers have been decided on. 2 from 1×8 x 8’, 2 from a couple of 1×6 x 8’ and one 1×4 x8’ . Each 8’ plank will make all the parts for one drawer, except for the 1/4” plywood bo...
I start tearing things up and out. Took a few pictures of what I need to change down there, in an attempt to at least have some room to stand. The Dryer that needs to leave.. It will be going up and out to a salvage yard, for “Brunch Money” I may keep the motor, IF it is any good. Above the dryer is a few things I cannot move.. Like a vent from the working dryer ( the Boss’s Laundry room is here, as well.) the light fixture for the laundry room, and a Gas meter....
So. The sides to this box seemed like they were going to go as smoothly as did my top. I’d just slap them together, line up the stripes, sneak up on the angles and glue everything together and it would be perfect. Silly rabbit… I took each of my side pieces (that I had cut intentionally a bit long ‘just in case’) and made a cut (or two cuts) to insert the matching pieces of cherry wood so that I could complete the laminations and have them done. I glued everything u...
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