Well, due to a posting about first dovetails by mikeswoodshop, I decided to (somewhat) chronicle my journey with hand cut dovetails over the last year or so. My first attempts were far worse than anything here, but have been thrown away, so I don’t have pictures. I think the most heinous ones went into the wood stove. I figured that if I could get some heat out of them, they would at least be good for something. It wasn’t until my fifth or sixth joint that it occurred to me ...
Router table project completed! I spent a good deal of time yesterday evening adding and setting up my router table. Here’s what I added: — Bench Dog Router Table Extension, 40-102 ($299, see reviews here and here)— Rockler Router Lift FX ($199) Here’s where I put it: — Delta Contractor’s saw (1990) Here’s what I did: 1. Using a scotch brite pads, steel wool, very fine grit sandpaper and a Boeshield kit , I treated and cleaned up the surface of the...
So I have went to the lumber yard and picked up a couple of shorts. Now I have decided that I have a couple things I want to make. I am going to make 2 laptop lap trays and a box for myself. I have had my shop for a year, three days ago. That is when we bought our house and I “claimed” the garage. :-) . Those with wives know what I mean, although my wife is extremely supportive in my pursuit of a functioning shop. So today I am going up to the local library with my younge...
Just a little video to show you how to build a bow.
I have been looking through the pictures here on LJ and I feel the beginnings of a idea forming. I have a couple of things I would like to make, but no real clear picture. So I go to the lumber yard and they have a cabinet shop, mill shop set up and ask about shorts they may have on hand. To my pleasant surprise, I find out that I can get a 20 percent discount on shorts. And the greatest part is that they mill up different stuff every week so I never know what I may find. Since I am work...
today I mounted the tail vise. Its an antique Columbia I got for Christmas. Started one mortise and realized I need to replan how I will cut the mortises.
It’s been a great month for tools and progress in my shop. I finally got all my planes hung up on the rack I posted earlier. I’ve had a much better time keeping my tools sharp since. Something about having the tools right in front of me gives my an instant inventory of what I need to do. I moved my saws around to make room for my newest bowsaw a massive rip tooth machine (5 tpi. cut twice as fast as my 5 tpi panel saw). I finally managed to get a hold of the dovetail marker fro...
The weather has been nice lately. Nice enough to work in the garage without a jacket. You’d think I’d be stepping up the conversion of my garage, but instead I’ve been letting myself get distracted, wanting to actually build things. So last weekend I made a crosscut sled, and tried my hand at a box joint jig. The crosscut sled was a success, the shop made runners seem to be working, and the accuracy is impressive, with less than half a millimeter off square over 36R...
Over the winter I’ve been taking a project class at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. We’ve built the Arts and Crafts Display Case that was designed by FW Art Director Mike Pekovich and on the cover of FW in April 2010. Bob Van Dyke, the director of CVSW, taught the class. It was so popular that he had 2 sections of about 10 students each. My case is made of QSWO, but others selected cherry or walnut. The class is over and my case is nearly complete. I sp...
A video showing how to make some really good wooden bar clamps. End your clamp shortage now! Build some clamps which only cost a few pounds to make and could be better than clamps you can buy. These clamps don’t mark the wood or stain from glue.
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