Finally started getting things organized a bit in the basement, and had some free time tonight so I decided to pick up work on this. During the house move, some of the wood sat in a VERY hot car for a few days, and had warped a little bit (even the panel with the breadboard ends had cupped noticeably). To try and counter this, I stickered it in the basement for a few weeks with some weight on it to try and reverse the bends, and it seems to have worked fairly well. So, where I’d le...
I got a very pleasant surprise today! I do not know if the person who sent it wants to be ID’d or not – but thank you. :) These pieces were all planed to 1/8” and had a destiny waiting for them… Halfway there. Can you guess? In addition to the wood I received today (I did not cut it all!!) I also used a few pieces of 1/8” exotic I had, which was waiting for just this project. Thought you’d get a kick out of this. I’m sure you all are...
Well, I have been out of the loop for awhile. Once summer ended, my wife and I decided it was finally time to move. We were in a great situation in that we have been renting for a number of years, and with the current real estate market we got a great 5 bedroom, 3 bath house with a full basement on a short sale. So, for those who have looked at my profile and my shop, to say it was a little crowded was an understatement. The shop was ok, until my grandfather passed away. He had a s...
Hi all,I don’t know if everyone pays attention to the annual contest on LJ’s, but this one I don’t understand. I just can’t figure out what this contest wants us to do. I even asked a couple of friends of mine, thinking that it was me not knowing what this has to do with. They did not know either. How are we suppose to show fluidity or movement in wood? If that is what this is saying. Can someone please explain what they are asking us for in this contest? Below is ...
Hi all. Well, I took the plunge and bought some 2 by maple and some 1 by purpleheart with the intention of making a wood body bench plane. The maple is a true, full 2 inches (more or less) and the purpleheart is about 7/8. I figure on splitting the PH down to 1/4 for the sideplates and using the maple for the body. No separate sole is planned. Haven’t decided on a blade yet. Might go Lee Valley as they have a local outlet…
I started by assembling the window frames. I used little rubber bands, which works very well in this application. Thankfully I did not cut the mitres, so they actually fit. ;) I let those dry for a day, or so. So I worked on the wallpaper for the top… If you notice the lines, I had intended for the centre room to be a tiny bit bigger. and then I noticed that the margin for the paper was sooo close. So I just made the centre room 12” wide. That works. Painted t...
Here is the beginning bits of a cherry coffee table being created for my wite. This will be in the Shaker style with drawer that pull through from both side of the table. Drawer bottoms will be aromatic cedar. Am now at the point where I am starting to cut the dovetails for the drawers. Unfortunately my router (30+ years old) decided to die and my new Porter Cable has not arrived yet. Comments, suggestions, thoughts are most welcome. Thanks, Phil Stevens
I did not take photos of the assembly process for the stair railing because… it was driving me crazy. It basically involved lots of fussing with tiny pieces wood at an angle while I swore a lot in German at the stairs. But I figured it out. I glued the spindles to the railing and the railing to the posts, the posts to the floor. I did not glue the spindles to the stairs – it is unnecessary in this application and the glue too delicate to look good without getting goopy. ...
I found out this morning that my local Ace Hardware sells Olson band saw blades. Since I’ve heard extremely good things about Olson scroll saw blades, I figured it’d be worth my $10 to give it a shot. In the store, I saw they had a 1/8” and a 1/4”. The larger is a “6 hook” and the smaller is a “14 hook”. I bought both, “just in case”, and I installed the 1/8” blade. OH! MY! !!! !! !! !!!!!!!!!!! So THIS is what a band...
Let us see and look into the words and feelings of our fellow LJ who just received Megan’s box. It is my honor to say that LJ Rand should be known by everyone how he feels about the box that he received from me. Most of us just look into the photos of our projects, make comments, appreciate, share ideas and techniques but what about if you yourself manage to have a hand on the real thing? I had once had visited Philly actually set foot on his shop and hold on to his planes. Its ...
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