I’m starting to really overflow my garage/shop. I’ve started to realize that I need a better solution for an assembly table, but I simply don’t have the room for it. So I’ve started a big re-organization of my shop. So far I’ve built several new carts with drawers for storage, but the big change is I’ve decided to dump the free standing router table in favor of an extension wing on my table saw. I looked around at all the available options and jus...
Well, after many months of hiatus from this project, I managed to get back on the horse. Looking at the May 30th time stamp of the last post, I realized that this is right before My convocation (graduation) ceremony at my university – so you can officially feel free to call me Dr. Ovens! This of course led to several months of job hunting, the success of which is still to be determined. In any case, the last update showed the joinery I used to couple the Padauk corner posts with the ...
I have some time off for the holidays, so I’ve got the top glued up. This took three days to accomplish. I put together a long ripping jig to to get a straight edge on all of the boards. I had an old oak shelf with a machined edge on it, and I used a couple of scrap blocks screwed to the board. I could then screw through the blocks into the edge of the boards to hold them while I ripped a straight edge on them. I made sure to have the top up on one edge and down when cutting the ot...
I trekked to the local lumber mill this morning, and picked through their pile of 5/4 cherry looking for a couple more boards for the top. I also took the rest of the top boards since my planer sled can only handle 4’. They jointed one face and rough planed them all for $8. I have them stickered and weighed down in the basement for a day or two to let them settle a bit. I also picked up a piece of 5/4 soft maple to start the drawer boxes. I’ve never worked with soft mapl...
In this video, I cut the three pieces that make up the top that totals 8’ when fully expanded. I also show how to install the butterfly hinges for the folding extension.Then I cut corners off and prepare the lumber for the solid wood frame along with making a solid “inlay” detail around the entire top. As always, I welcome your questions and comments! To get updates of this build as I go along, please follow me on Instagram – https://instagram.com/guyswoodshop...
A trip through my workshop which I use quite a lot of different machines for this construction.For winter I build a snow shelter to my autofedeer on my sawmill. View on YouTube
After the successful completion of Chinese Checkers it was time to get on with Solitaire, then I will be able to play when I am ‘Billy No Mates’! We played the Chinese Checkers yesterday, and it went down well, I thoroughly enjoyed it. For some reason since moving from Spain where I watched TV all the time, we very rarely watch it here in Colombia, so games are a good way to fill spare time. In the same way as the previous game, I downloaded a template and printed it off to siz...
Hello All, I have a room dedicated to keeping my fly tying desk and all of my fishing accouterments. It had gotten very untidy in there so I made some sturdy shelves to organize things. I made a video of the process. I invite you to a tour of my man-cave! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nn9HrLaFfvo
The front apron and drawer fronts we the next thing to tackle. The front apron is pretty straight forward, but it has four walnut accent pieces inset in it. The walnut pieces are faceted to mirror the through tenons. Also there a four slots routed on the back of it to hold the drawer supports. The drawers were a straight forward as well. I just needed to be careful since I am using one piece so the grain matches from one drawer to the next. It took me two tries on the drawer fronts, b...
This is probably one of the most asked questions for those just getting into wood working. Obviously there is no real right answer. My self getting and choosing router bits is a simple enough decision to make. While in some some sense buying a 150 – 172 would over all have cost benefits in overall savings, other ways it would be a huge waste of money because my chances of using all of them would be slim. The best way at least for me when choosing a bit is I ask myself the following ques...
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