I finally bought a joinery saw, the new Lee-Valley (LV) extra fine dozuki they had on special a couple weeks ago, and boy does it leave a cleaner cut than my 210mm ryoba. The kerf is so thin, sometimes the blade sticks, I might look into waxing it a bit if it persists. Out of all the hand tool skills, I want to improve my sawing the most. By far it seems that a good cut saves the most time and leaves a better result than any later clean up work with my chisels. Most of the joinery were...
Last week I found a pro woodworker/contractor advertising his offcuts on craigslist. I headed over and was in awe of what he called offcuts. I ended up with some great tips from him in addition to some slabs of Alaskan yellow cedar, sugar pine, and some pieces of walnut and cherry. I’m saving these for a toolbox I hope to make soon and a marking gauge. In the meantime, I knew I was running out of space to store this wood in a sightly manner back home. The little wood space I did have...
You may remember that a few weeks ago I made some posts about this remarkable slab of old growth redwood that ended up in my garage. If you want to see more pictures of the Slab take a look at this 90 second video I posted on the YouTube EZInlays channel. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unqcPsbwoYs The slab is now in sitting in my front room and not in the garage but that is beside the point. The point is I now know what I am going to do with the Slab but I need help doing it. I...
Don Seawater at Pacific Coast Lumber in SLO CA gave me a great deal on these. They are 4-6 foot Jacket boards off of a VERY curly California Redwood!! If you are ever in San Luis Obispo- stop by, he’s right off the hiway at the VERY end of Prado Ln! Thanks again Don!!
When Daniel and I made the guitar, we used the Festool MFS adjustable rectangle router template (if you’re price conscious, here's how I built a similar jig for cheap) to build the jig to do the inlays in the fretboard: First as a slot with rounded ends into whcih we put a glued-up strip we'd made on the router table, second as little squares with rounded corners that we cut clean with a chisel. But at some point I was hanging around Alembic and they had an amazing instrument on the ...
I have this strange 21×21 nook on my deck. So this was the final result of putting a planterbox in the spot.Reclaimed redwood.
Now that the dissection is complete it is time to cut the mortises, or is it morti? I’ve been a big fan of the Mortise Pal jig and continue to be. The more I use it the faster I can set it up and adapt it to various situations. Let’s review a couple of notes. Be sure to use the guide bushing that comes with the jig. You may want to use a 5/8”, but the jig’s bushing is slightly larger. It will slide easily in the guide, but unlike the 5/8”, it will produce a...
It is a walk down memory lane I just as soon not take, but it is nice to know you can go back if you have to. Last Fall after taking delivery of our new little cute vicious puppies, I made the mistake of leaving my bench in their puppy pen. I made it out of redwood in 2009 and it proved to be a tasty treat for sharp teeth. Yum! Aaaaaaaargh! The main damage was to the end of the armrests and there was some damage to the ends of the backrest. I figured I could sand out the backrest,...
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Been 13 days since my last update, which means there’s lots o’ progress to report! I set up a router lathe to mill the mast. Turns out 2×4s aren’t really stiff enough for a 10’ lathe bed, and the mast needed to be supported in that span anyway, but I ended up with something passable after a bunch of hand-plane and sandpaper tuning. Every year Petaluma’s various small craft river users band together to have a “Day on the River” celebration, in ...
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