To watch the video on YouTube go here: https://youtu.be/EaLJX1dxQ7oor to my website here: http://www.mmwoodstudio.com/shop-update-june-9-2015/ In this weeks update I go over what I have completed this week on the rocking chair: • Milled up the Crestrail• Cut mortises in the rear stretcher and crest rail• Made jigs and snapped my rails and stretchers Vaccum Press Kit I purchased: Roarockit Vacuum Press: http://www.roarockit.com/ Want to know more?Follow the shop on Instagram ht...
Ok – I admit it. Yesterday I didn't get a lot done in the work department. Although I did accomplish some things, it was mostly 'putzing' around the house. The past several weeks have been so, so busy. Sometimes it just catches up to you. I tend to get submerged in my work and it can consume me. But once in a while, I think I need a day to just do 'whatever' strikes my fancy and not think about it being 'work.' Sometimes it looks like what I do for...
Today was a day of first for me. I have never made a drawer and I have never cut half blind dovetails before today. All in all it was a good day. So good in fact that I had to make myself walk away from the shop while things were going good before I got to excited and f’d something away lol. The day started with dimensioning all the drawer fronts. Earlier in the build I had traced the openings onto some paper backed foam from the .99 store and numbered each drawer to help simplif...
I love old houses. I like old things in general because they always have stories, but old houses…old houses have legacies. When we bought our very first house this past fall (a charming 1911 farmhouse on a big wooded lot), much of the attraction (for me, at least) lay in the beautiful, antique pine floors, built-ins, tall baseboards, picture rail, and trim, but I immediately staked my claim to the basement. This corner, to be specific. It gives me two spaces (a cutting room and a ...
This past weekend I was terribly busy and I had a wonderfully fun time. While I loved creating my last huge project, it felt really good to be able to do some other things. When I work on one thing, I often get ideas for other projects to follow. I have learned to write these ideas down in a file so that later on when I am looking for something new to do, I have lots to choose from. You wouldn't believe how long the list is! I call it my 'job security' though and it seems that the...
Now half way through the order for 45 boxes… update now 47 on order… This is what 20 boxes start out as… The camphor began as a slab… after dressing and resawing to just under 10 mm the boards are cut in a specific sequence to ensure the grain runs all 4 corners. Dovetail joints of course… the tails have been cut… After the pins are cut the carcasses are assembled… ready for the grooves to be cut inside top and bottom… to receive ...
I really had thought I had updated this blog since the last one… sorry about that. Since I last updated this I have completed the doors and got them installed on the cabinet. I also faced the cabinet with some sapele edge banding. I realize it covers the sliding dovetail ends but it really cleans up the inside faces of the cabinet very nicely and ties in the door fronts with the inside. Not a whole lot to say about the process that you can’t make out in the pics so I’...
Over view of a Revonoc 28” Restoration. Got it a rummage sale for $20. probably paid to much, but i never saw a other one like that before.So step 1 : removing all part. Be-ward of dead bugs !!! As seen it was in rough shape. Most all those get wrap all possible way, which make them unusable. It’s very important to square them out before any think. Now a plane that size is almost impossible to sand for the normal man like me. The only way is that I personally can u...
On Friday I finished all of the wood componentry for my Chevalet. Out here in Swellendam, it is a little difficult to find certain things such as light thin chain for the foot pedal clamp. I know I have brass chain somewhere in the shop, but just cannot find it. My alternative will be to order some from Cape Town if it does not turn up. I approached the wonderful plane maker, Jan Nezar (LJ-Toolchap) of Mossel Bay about 1.5 hours away to make up the metal components for the saw frame and he...
Well I purchased what was a really good “powered dust mask” and tried it out. “Powered” means there is a fan that draws in filtered air so that is all you should be breathing. Now the mask seemed to work well indoors however when I tried it in my shop it did not seem to work as well. To me it was very hot and as I perspire a lot it was uncomfortable and I was afraid of moisture on the little motor. Also it seemed to hurt the bridge of my nose after a short time. The sh...
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