I will let the pics tell the story… I only had an hour in the workshop yesterday morning before having to go out… Purple Heart and Hoop Pine 325 mm by 325 mm cutting board destined for Saudi Arabia… Twice the glue up on one set of clamps… two blanks being glued for two more oil burners.. Cut the multi generation into an oval.. A little mineral spirits to pop the colours… This is now waiting for the Purple Heart to go back to purple… then it w...
After I stopped working on my bench to build the planing stops I thought about some other things that needed to be done to move my project along quicker. I’ve been thinking about sharpening my rip saw again but have stalled it in my desire to work on the bench. Last night I found a finer file I picked up from Lie-Nielsen and touched up the saw. As I worked I could see that there were some area’s that I needed the work and as soon as I finished I gave it a test run. It melted t...
I finally got a bit caught up with my sleep. The last couple of days have been odd. I suppose getting up so early has something to do with it, coupled with the time spent at the saw. Yesterday I felt a bit tense, like everything was going on too quickly and I wasn’t able to keep up with things. Every time I tried to sit down and work, something else would pop up that needed my attention. As time passed on, I felt more and more anxiety because I know I wanted to get to a certain poin...
Adjusting the Saw Blade Alignment, Again—This Time With A JigAs posted in the blog I aligned the table saw blade to the miter slot by clamping my dial indicator to my miter gauge. I knew this wouldn’t be perfect, but thought it would be good enough. However, after finishing the saw, doubts lingered. I had paid for In-Line Industries PALS after all—why not have it aligned perfectly? Last night after work I shamelessly copied ajosephg's shop-made jig on this post. ajosephg...
Last night my frustration of trying to build a bench without a bench peaked. I have several nails driven into my current bench (just a piece of plywood on some shelves) that act as planing stops. They have bent over and several times the work jumped over them and scooted over the top damaging the bottom side. I decided to fix this issue before I did some serious damage to something. With my new drawknife and spokeshave I knocked out a few one inch tapered pegs and but a few holes in my be...
Each of the knife blocks gets a quarter circle bloodwood inlay on each side where the ends of the side pieces come together. On the prototype I made a jig to use a 2” forstner bit to cut an 1/8” deep recess for the inlay but the client wanted the inlay bigger so I bought a 3” forstner bit for the production blocks. The jig works great and drilling the 1/8” recesses went very well. Just a matter of loading the side piece into the jig, clamping in place and dri...
So my idea was simple. Make a simple reinforced plywood cabinet, frameless, with the sole function of holding books and magazines in the shop. The design was simpler still. a top and bottom panel cut to 12×72”, a back panel cut to 16×72” 2 side panels cut to 16×12.75” all out of 23/32” cabinet grade ply, and then 2 divider panels cut to 12×14.5” centered 24” on each side made from 5/8” cheapie scrap ply. All of it simply butt jo...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #515: Baby Steps Can Take Longer, But the Results Are Often Worth It
It seems that I am out of the gate quite early this morning. I wouldn’t think I would have been because I was simply exhausted last night and could barely keep my eyes open. But I awoke today well before 5 am and it was one of those times when there was no point in staying in bed anymore and I figure I may as well get something done and take advantage of the extra time. So here I am. I don’t remember having much difficulty adjusting to time changes before. Perhaps I am gett...
Squared off the top…. here is the third cut…Now rotate every other piece… And line up the pieces… A quick border… just a few offcuts to frame the design… The piece on the right is cut parallel and moved over to the other end for the glue up… this make both ends fit the clamps better.. That was easy hey???
Please, please, hold the applause. I just couldn’t take another winter without heat, and I have a kitchen remodel coming up that will require me working in the cold, so I finally installed my shop heater. Yep, it took a long time, but it finally happened. After running the wrong size gas line to the shop, and didn’t even measure 1/2 pound pressure at the heater, I decided to calculate what would be needed. I guess it would have helped by reading directions first. But, who does ...
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