Ok, started off with a Honey-do project. Tested out the repaired Makita Recipro sawzall, by cutting some MDO down to size. Worked real good. Ok, a little bit got done ON the peoject today, along with quite a lot of cussing….Trying to clamp up four pine boards to make a bottom….got a bit tricky.. I just knew that tool chest lid would come in handy…Got all the clamps tight, and set this thing aside for a day Hiding back in a corner??? Ok, I was going to use my ...
I didn't post yesterday because I got a good deal of drawing done. I am on a drawing binge and actually working on several new scroll saw designs at once. It seems that I get like that – work in a flurry and then move on to something else – but I hate to stop the process when I am on a roll. Not even to take the time to cut things out. I will probably be doing that over the weekend and then have the projects ready for next week. I think it will be fun.Here is a sample of what ...
Came home with a nice stack of fancy hardwood planks. Thanks to the people that got them for me. Let them sit around in the Dungeon Shop for awhile, until I got tired of not being able to use my bench. Starting to cut down a candidate for a slant top….whatever.Was a bit curly grain, and a few knots. Worked it flatter with a small jointer/fore plane That big old No. 6c was a bit too long, so a Millers Falls Junior Jack took over. was having a bit of trouble with the grain ...
I am currently in the process of creating three different projects, in three different media forms. Actually, I am working on five, but only three are being actively worked on. Then there are the multitudes of other projects that are all lined up in my head, awaiting their turn to come forward. (Do they count?) I suppose you can say I am 'busy'.It feels good to be in this place in my life. It isn't always like this. That is why when it is, I try to jump in and do as muc...
What an amazing weekend!Not that anything paticularly unusual happened. For the most part, it was a 'typical' weekend. But I felt as if I accomplished a great deal and also had a chance to visit with some dear friends and enjoy some 'down time.' For me – I guess it IS unusual. On Friday afternoon I received a call from my Canadian mom, Ellen. I call her that because both her and her husband Bernie have treated me like a daughter for the past eleven years that I have...
This series follows work in my shop, plus a lot of other interesting and useful insights (I hope that they are useful, anyway ;-). In this video I’m continuing to refurbish a rising top coffee table, I show the Dandy Lift for moving heavy stuff around the shop (really saves my back), and I show the different types and thicknesses of veneers for various purposes in my work. I think you will like it. View on YouTube
MURPHY’S DRILL PRESS TABLE EXTENSION JIG After I finished working on the drill press table and posting it on LJ’s I drilled out 30+ holes accurately for my next project. I am building a chainsaw mill bench/stand. I was pleased that I accurately drilled the holes for the carriage bolts in the supports and cross members. My next task was to pre-drill screw holes in the support bracing that will hold the cross members and supports. I stood there thinking “how am I go...
Watch the update on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/LGO4ItpWZAM This week I talk about the progress I have made in the Gamble House Rocking Chair: • Cut mortises in the crestrail and cut it to length• Took the first steps in shaping the crest rail by pattern routing• Carved the indents in the rails and stretchers• Made the bending form for the back slats Announce that every 4th Wednesday of the month I will be doing a Live Weekly Shop Update on my YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/...
Yesterday was a good day. Not only was the weather near-perfect with a blue sky and warm air, but lots was accomplished and several positive things happened as well. I couldn't ask for more.I spent the morning working on my new patterns for the website. We are planning an update to be completed by later on today and I will be sending out a newsletter then as well. I feel good about that because I have three new patterns that I will be sharing, and Keith has added four since our last...
I took some time today to experiment with making some trim for the drawers. All in all I’d call it an unqualified success. I started out with maple but the figured grain was not wanting to cooperate with my #45 at all (or the other way around.. not sure) so I decided to see how Sapele would look on them. First task was to shape the trim. I went with a simple 3 bead design made by using a beading blade that was 1/3 the size of the trim. The first and second cuts were perched rig...
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