I took some time this weekend to catch up on my house things and take a step back from most of my work related things as well. It has been a busy couple of weeks and I was feeling like I was getting behind in everything else. I think it is good for me to do this from time to time, as it seems that after I take a step back I am more eager than ever to get back to designing and doing the things that I love so much. For me, it is difficult to walk away from it though, because it doesn't ever...
First off, lets start my establishing that i have the best, most understanding wife ever. I installed the cabinetry and had the plumber install my sink on the 20th of February this year, after which I was to make the doors and shelves in short order…. well…. with the 2” slab of hardwood counter top, pine or fir wouldn’t cut it for the doors, and oak was expensive, in addition i had to finish up my thesis for my university and had other projects, so I knew it was going ...
If you have been following along, I have been working on building out my shop (tools, equipment and such). The past two weeks have been eventful, for certain. New tools and equipment: Porter Cable Floor Mounted Drill PressHitachi 12” Compound Slider Miter SawMisc. Hand tools and accessories I will write up and post Tool Reviews on both of these, after I’ve used them for 30 days or so. Below is the brief walk-through. Hitachi (a few weeks ago) lowered the price of their...
After all the time I have put into refurbishing this saw, after all the gross and fine adjustments made, at the end of it all the saw is unusable. How bad is it? A 90 degree miter cut of a 1/2” thick piece of hardwood only a few inches deep leaves at least one stepped kerf in cut and on both axis the cut is not square. You can smell wood burning and see the practically new blade struggle to get through the cut. A rip cut leaves sporadically located kerf marks along the cut edges on both...
I’ve finally gotten the door for the cellar to work well. Two chevy tahoe hatch lifts mounted in tandem provide just the right lift to make opening and closing the door a nearly one finger operation. This door probably weighs in at 100+ lbs so these piston lifts were mandatory and boy do they work well. I ordered Tahoe ones because I have a Tahoe and I could take exact measurements on the ones on the SUV before I ordered them from Amazon. They cost about $20 each.If you wanted to see ho...
Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #18: Zero Clearance Insert, Hard Wood Fence Rail, Chisel Sharpening
My day started at 4:30 am, way too early for getting to bed shortly before midnight. I blame this flu I can’t get rid of and a lot of heavy dreaming. And yet, I had one of the most productive days in the past week. Most of the afternoon was spent sharpening chisels, mounting a wood fence rail and creating a zero-clearance insert for the Delta 36-510 Bench Saw. Here are some pics of what I accomplished. The ChiselsThe chisel sharpening took up a good portion of the day. It was my firs...
I’ve been spending most of my non working time rehabbing my windows on the second floor of my Country style Queen Anne house. sometimes working from the inside and often working off a tall 2 story ladder. A necessary task that I have neglected for 14 years! The project here is my last window for the season. It’s going to snow here in Southern MN and temperatures will drop. This is a box of sorts, with glass on two sides. It replaces a real catastrophe in the laundry room whi...
Hello All, ‘This is the latest entry in my Windsor chair series. I think I didn’t enter several of my entries correctly, but if you are interested you can look up the Winsor playlist on my Youtube channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoJd_ktEaZ0
well I searched my garage for material appropriate to make handles/ends for my new steam bending strap. (re: Lee Valley)I was looking for a piece of 2×2 that was dark and possibly luan that I remember having. couldn’t find. then I looked through all of the stuff that I did have handy… beech, could be chair parts, osage, don’t want to waste it on something that’ll be left outside….spf .. to soft, oak (red or white) chair parts again. then I bumped into these....
This is my last proof of concept/prototype. From here on it’ll be a build and the project entry will be a tutorial. As you see I threw some stain on it to get a good idea on how it will look. (Dark colors are slimming, no?) I used the same stain as the table the chairs are destined for. This last chair is held together exclusively by screws, screws and more screws, highly visible screws! The production model will be glued with hidden screws for peace of mind. The plan is to take thi...
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