One of the things I’m most thankful for about this project is all the lessons I’m learning, relearning, and getting a new appreciation for. Dimensioning the boards for the top 100% by hand has proven to be a lot of work, but I’m loving every bit of it. Planing these boards has been a real challenge considering that they’re a foot longer than my current plywood + hardboard bench top. I’ve had to be creative and to attack that problem; finally coming up with a g...
A good friend of mine had bought a Columbia Gramaphone at an auction a few years back and has had it sitting in his storage garage ever since. I’m not sure as to how old the actual unit is, but I could guess the 1930’s to 1940’s at best. It’s a pretty generic model and I suspect it wasn’t the deluxe unit by any means. Since he and I only met within the last year, he never bothered to do anything with it. When he found out that I was pretty good with refurbishi...
Using a Clampin’ Guide and a Skilsaw with a planer blade in it, I squared the ends of the tops and scribed the corner radius—some kind of convenient can—and cut that with a new blade in the Bosch jigsaw. After ROSing the edges to 150 I rounded over top and bottom 5/16 radius. Often I’ll use a smaller radius on the bottom, but this thickness looks so strong that, if anything, I wanted to lighten it up a little with the radius. Then I used an OS to 220...
This week I’m planning to take a bit of time off the on-going home reno to focus on some Christmas gifts. Shhh, don’t tell my wife, but I’m making something for her, something for my two grandsons and one for my wife’s grandson. It should be a fairly intense week of fun in the shop. At the same time, I’ll do some preliminary planning for the stairway reno which will begin next week, on the 13th of December. I’m planning to kick it off by first tearing...
I decided to use some leftover 1/2 inch plywood to make a storage box for my table saw accessories. The box will be mounted on the existing shelf of my saw. Here’s a video that provides an overview (watch on Youtube for HD version):
So after the glue up dried on the larger piece, I clamped up the smaller interior piece giving attention to the fit as I did in the previous glue up of the large interior piece. Here is the piece unclamped. This shows the backside where the template was not seen. Here is the same piece flipped over with part of the template still showing. I used a scraper to remove the worst of the glue on the bottom side so it would sit flat on the bandsaw and then starting cutting out t...
well i’ve been busymaking the base for my old doorfor the back deckand here it is.and here are some details of the buildthis is the corner connectionhad to use carriage bolts‘cause that’s what i have so i glued and screwed blocks to the railsand bolted thru themthis re-enforces the cornerand the leg(notice the drain holes against the rail for rain).here is the cross barsfor when i flip the door over(it’s the same on both sidesthe eagle just looks the other way)i did a ...
Bless me Father for I have sinned..It has been 25 days since my last cutting board post..As part of a Xmas order, I have started to make the illustrious Double Step by SPalm... thanks Steve.I selected some timber to make this with… Tasmanian Blackwood, Silver Ash and Queensland Maple… then went over to the table saw to set the blade to 60 degrees… bugger can’t find my bevel box… Oh well just have to take a wild stab and use one of the trivets I made that have 120...
Recently when working with some purple heart wood, my partner noticed something unusual. (Maybe it was not so unusual, but it was to us) In choosing a piece of wood for his projects, he noticed that some of the purple heart looked more purple and other areas of it looked more brownish. He was choosing the piece to make some small overlay pieces on his new ornament patterns and thought the purple color would be suitable. In his observations, he saw that one edge in particular was quite ...
(The Story So Far: Our Hero is constructing a built-in bed for his daughter, with inadequate tools and woodworking experience, and so far has made only a small number of terrible errors, which fortunately he can blame on others.) Thanksgiving break saw the family traveling out to Arizona for a family gathering. Much fun and merriment was had by all, and we took advantage of the break to crack the windows in the garage and let the paint dry thoroughly and finish outgassing. When we retur...
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