First I made the pieces I needed. None of them is exactly. Here you can see them: I started sanding the botom exactly. Therefore I mostly glue a piece of paper on the part that has to be sanded. Below the situation on the disk sander: Then I glue the back of the cabin and the dashpanel to the bottom. This two pieces both are over sized: After the glue has dried again I sand the pieces exactly according to the bottom; Now it,s time to glue the oversized engine hood on it: And...
Its been a a long few years in highschool and a solid maple workbench will be my final project. Ive been designing it for months and finally received the wood 90 BF of 8/4 hard maple. My portion being the 7 lighter colored boards on the left. Let the bench begin! Starting to shape up , i should mention the finish on these boards was fantastic , they had warped some but the faces were nearly flat and already smoothed making it much less work to joint flat surfaces. The smaller boards we...
I’ve been wanting to build Michael Pekovich’s Essential Tool Chest since the moment I first saw it. I spend a lot of time at my brother’s house when working out of town and need a way to bring my tools down so I finally decided to start building my chest. I’ve been cherry picking VG pine boards from the local Borgs and finally have enough to get started. http://youtu.be/ldckffIHuM8
We are planning to get some honey bees this summer and we will need about 25 hive boxes. Since the boxes look pretty straight forward to build, I thought I’d leverage my wood shop and build them myself. A retail box is $15.00 plus taxes and that’s not assembled. The hive box uses a 7/8” box joint, I built a box joint jig for that but I found it more difficult to devise a way to make those nice scalloped handles you see on hives. The requirements for the handles a...
My daughter Jenny found a nightstand she liked on the web. She asked me if I could build one like it for her. Of course, I said yes. Then I began looking closer at its design. The challenge was with two design elements: (1) the lock miter joints for the case, and (2) the 45 degree angle for the legs. To address the first issue I would need to purchase a lock miter router bit and practice. I may need to build a tall router fence and jig to hold the vertical piece firmly against the fence....
Organization is an ongoing process. You don't just organize things once it seems. I have come to that realization as I think back on how many times I have blogged about making our small place here more efficient and organized. I have been writing for nearly five years now (I think!) and it seems that every year around this time we always come up with new and improved ways to make working from our home here not only more efficient, but more aesthetically pleasing as well. After all ...
Small workbench based on shipbuilt's Short Block V8 (Workbench Challange) #1: Concept and leg assembly
ConceptI have been needing a proper workbench for a while. The top of my table saw and fold up extension have been the only spot to use. I would love to have a large proper workbench but my shop is just too small for a full size bench. I have been looking at benches in Lumberjocks and marking some for reference. shipwright had come up with some excellent ideas. His concept for the Short Block V8 is a low cost way for a beginner to get a strong, stable small workbench using tools that many b...
Hello, my name is Jesse. I started building furniture as a hobby about 6 months ago. Last weekend I picked up a lathe and have been having a lot of fun turning stuff around the shop. As a result I ended up with 4 matching legs from a fence post. Of course since I had the 4 legs I couldn’t just stop so I decided to finish the table. I have no plans and no idea what I am going to do with the table when I am done so it it kind of a blind journey. I am already a couple evenings into it b...
I got the frames built and the 6 mil poly installed. Installing the poly was a surprisingly big task. I had been waffling on if I should cut the height down from a full 96” to about 84” and in retrospect I wish I had just because I had to use a ladder to properly staple the top of the plastic on. I guess I could have laid it on the floor but a ladder is far more comfortable to me than knees on a cement floor. When I’m not using the booth, it should store in 8’...
I missed blogging yesterday because Keith needed to pick something up from Halifax and I decided to accompany him. The weather was "questionable" and I didn't feel comfortable with him going along. Here in our part of Nova Scotia, snow can be quite treacherous. It comes very suddenly and accumulates very fast and makes the roads quite hazardous in a blink of an eye. Unlike the flat lands that I grew up with in the Chicago area, Nova Scotia is covered with hills and va...
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