A bit more progress on the shop build and a bit of a trip to get some wood with “The Woodworking Junkie”. Merry Christmas to everyone and hope you have a great holiday and new year. View on YouTube
Got to spend a little time working on Saturday. Had hoped for an earlier start since the weather was going to be nice most of the day, but had to run some errands with SWMBO in the morning. Knew this might be my last chance to actually be able to work in the driveway with nice weather so I’d really hoped to get to a point that what I had left I could do in the garage with it closed up. I managed to get the three drawers and faces that are going next to the one large drawer below the saw...
Before jumping into the mortise and tenon joints I thought it a good idea to make sure my chisels have a proper edge. For this project I need a 3/8 mortise chisel, a 1/2” firmer chisel for the half blind dovetails, and a 1-1/2” bevel edge chisel for the tapered legs. A proper edge is actually quite simple. You need but two intersecting planes. Generally, the smaller the angle between the two planes, the sharper the edge and easier the cut. The smaller the angle, though, the less force it ...
I started this a few weeks ago so I thought maybe it’s time to share the progress with my fellow model makers.Most of the wood is American Cherry and Walnut. I have added a few small pieces on New Zealand Swamp Kauri.All the dark colored dowel’s were made by me (see my blog on making dowel’s with a router). Hopefully I will get a bit more done before Christmas. Speaking of Christmas I would like to wish all my fellow timber ...
I am sure many other folks have thought about this when they got their house. I am a truck driver and I am limited mostly on time. but i am for the first time in my life venturing out to do something that i have wanted to do for many years. This past Sunday, 12/11/16 I met with my parents about a house that i have loved since I was 10 years old. As a kid we moved in next door to this old man that would quickly become one of my closest childhood friends. The man that showed me how wonder...
First thing to do was to remove two large hickories. This was tricky because they had to fall between the house and the electric wires. Next a friend came over and drilled the holes for the posts This helped, but he only had an 11 inch auger (hole is 12+ inches in diameter) and the the code requires a 2’x2’ footer below the post. I took a digging bar and cut sideways to hollow out for the footer. the stick is 18’’ long Here are the posts, standing plumb...
In this segment I get the stretchers made and joined to the legs of the coffee table. I am still not accustomed to the new saws and will have to put more effort into my form. Never the less, the half lap dovetails come out OK. Except for one little repair that had to be made along the way. There will be more mistakes in upcoming videos, but they all get dealt with. As I was editing this I noticed I went from shorts and a T shirt to long pants and a pull over. The change in seasons is st...
Most days you’ll see me with a composition book full of graph paper pages in my hands or back pack. You’ll see me drawing away like a mad scientist when something cool comes to mind. I have some really great ideas I think! Now, how to start them? I’m trying to finish this little table and chairs thing for a friend and her kids. It’s taken me about 6 months already. Partly because I’ve come so far I’m afraid to mess it up! Haha! But, there are times I jus...
Im working on building my new 24’ X 30’ shop. Im just about ready to start on the inside so I can start customizing it exactly how I want now. Im hanging OSB on the walls and ceiling and painting it and Im definately framing in a 12 ft long plywood top workbench along one wall. Im really excited to have so much room now in my shop and I have a few ideas of my own but I would like to hear anyones suggestions on things I could do with my shop. Its a blank canvas right now wha...
My 2×4 Burrill “white fir” lumber has been drying in the basement: all of it for a week, some of it for 2+. I bought a moisture meter to measure the wood moisture and see much of it in the 5-8% range and some of it 10%. Comparing to other scraps in the basement that seem to have that same range, so I’m guessing that’s good—I should probably cut a few pieces to check inside better, though. Anyway, most of the boards are still quite straight but a few have dev...
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