After being out of power for 30 some hours and bailing over 300 gallons of water from my sump pump well, I did get an unexpected surprise yesterday from Irene. I went to the county dump to dispose of most of our spoiled food and saw the sign for wood dumping area ahead. I drove over there and met several nice folks in my county here in MD who were disposing of trees that Irene took down. I’ve wanted to start resawing wood, even recently buying a riser kit and some new band saw blades...
I wanted to make a tiny walnut box from a piece of walnut.This tiny box is for a colleague of mine who’s expecting a big wedding anniversary. First, you’ve got to go hunting for a good log. A dog is good for this. Once a nice walnut log is found, you’re in business. This one was in a scrap pile. You’ll want to resaw this log. This isn’t THE log, but you get the picture. Here’s my log resawn into 1/2 inch planks using a 3/4 inch 3tpi ...
So one of the things I like about this hobby is there is always something new to try and for a person that has a hard time with doing the same thing constantly that is a good thing. The problem with that is there is always something new and I have not yet found one thing to focus one, I am not sure if that is a good thing or not. But until I figure it out I am pretty happy trying as much as I can. That being said I have decided to tackle a cutting board. My first one is to be for a gift a...
and not a lot to show for it. I have been spending the past couple of weeks practicing with my scroll saw, since I hate to do nothing I decided to work on a few signs and cut the letters out with the saw. This has given me a great opportunity to experiment with different blades and also prompted me to work on a dust collection concept for my saw. I finished the first sign this morning. I have had this saying hanging in my shop for a bit on a piece of paper; thought it would make a good...
Usable Logs… Well I was actually able to take the time this week and accomplish the goal I set for myself in last week’s blog. I wanted to cut down some of my own logs and make some usable wood from them. I am happy to say that it worked. I of course need to tweak the system a bit and experiment a bit more with some other thicknesses and woods but I am pretty happy with how things turned out. Rather then a jig I decided on once again using my jointer to give me some flat sides. Thru work I...
Or was that popular? The base elements of this lamp design are made from various thickness pieces of poplar, painted black. I didn’t have any poplar so I went to Home Depot and bought a board (3/4” x5 1/2” x 8’). I decided to resaw the poplar rather than buy the different thicknesses at the Home Depot. Again I used my table saw and the resaw fence I built. Here’s a picture of the stock ready for planing to final thickness. From left to right, n...
This project was not designed to be built from your common, standard 3/4” thick lumber. Noooooooo, Mr Frank Lloyd Wright would never have been that unoriginal. The main pieces for the shades are 1/4” thick stock and the base is made from pieces that are either 1/4” or 1/2” thick. Of course I don’t have any lumber that’s already those sizes, so I’ll have to resaw something to make the parts for these lamps. Of course, I don’t have a bandsaw so...
One that I am hoping to get a good grasp of in the next few weeks. The process to which I am referring to is resawing my own wood for projects. I have made a few projects out of reclaimed wood such as my bandsaw boxes and the parting gifts for some coworkers that have left. Now what I am hoping to do is go one step further and make some different projects from these woods that I am able to collect. I mentioned last week that I had built a saw buck well I finally put it to some use and got som...
My plan called for 1/4” skins to cover the faces of the stiles and rails. Because I have no prior experience with resawing, I bought some red cedar 2×6’s at the local big box store and did some practicing. Not happy with the initial results I added a Kreg Precision Fence to my bandsaw, and also built a resaw fence. I also switched to a Woodslicer blade. First I had to joint the faces of the stiles and rails. Generally I don’t notice much snipe from my Dewalt 7...
As I was getting to the stage in my door project that required a lot of resawing, I started looking for information on how to do that. On the web and also in the classroom of my local Woodcraft store I saw tall shop-made fences used for resawing. So I decided to build one. I selected 3/4” melamine for the fence. The melamine faces provide a relatively hard, slick surface for the fence face, and the particle board substrate does not have a propensity to warp. Unfortuantely, the st...
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