There are a lot of dado jig designs out there. They’ve all got some good features. I’m working on a modified version of the Never Fail Dado Jig. Its best feature is the knobs on the top.It gets it’s straightness from rails made of hardwood and works with a paired router bit/bushing. I think that the top where the knobs go was joined to the long side with pocket screws (can’t tell for sure from the pictures). I’d rather cut the whole thing from one piece of plywoo...
Got this Dovetail Jig at Harbor Freight in Harrisburg (PA). They don’t have it at my Pittsburgh HF. It looks like a beefier model than the one that I have seen elsewhere on the Internet. The template is solid aluminum not plastic like in the older model. Assembly was trivial – just screw in levers. Unit is nearly identical to this one (better manual for this one). Amazon of the “other one”.
Took a Harbor Freight run in Hempstead, NY and in Harrisburg, PA. Bought a big pile of stuff. Finally found a HF with the Dovertail jig. $34 seems like a great deal. I’m sure it’s not a perfect jig, but hopefully it will be worthwhile.
In this part, I glue up the main portion of the top, that sucker is heavy. I also mill the parts for the legs and stretchers, lay them out and cut the core mortise and tenon joinery.
The first time I ever saw a box joint jig guided by a template bearing was six or seven years ago when a friend showed one as a club demo. His jig was a simple plywood sled with a fence, a wooden bar for spacing the fingers, and a slot through the base that fit a template bearing guide. If I remember correctly, his made joints with 3/8” fingers. Shortly after his demo, I made the smaller jig shown below for 1/8” ‘fingers on small drawers. Here’s a photo of a jewelry ...
If you ever want to get a group of women to take notice then roll their eyes and leave. As they are talking about cooking interrupt and say “Well, according to Rachael Ray….”. Or don’t try it. They usually don’t like it. So, what does this have to do with a trestle table? Rachael does her “eat on $40 dollars a day” program. Or at least she used to. My niece is moving into a new apartment and mentioned that she would like a new kitchen table. She...
This chair really is big. Very wide. 24+inches wide in fact. .Here’s me sitting on it. Note, I’m a big guy and the chair is still big. I think two of my littlest kids could sit in one of these. Comfy big. In fact, the chair is so wide it makes me wonder. Standard cushions are 22” square. Does that mean I need to get bigger cushion materials?
Making Mr Thiel’s Outdoor Morris Chair from his excellent book (pic from his BLOG here).. Thought I bought lumber for two chairs. Made double the cuts and got part of the way through before I realized that I had not doubled the materials. Trip to Lowes Depot this morning and a lot of fumbling through the junk boards got me enough to hopefully do all the cuts I need. I love Mr Thiel’s book but I’ve got one minor quibble. There’s no cut diagram in the book and ...
I have three 4×4’s that after much sanding and steel wool applications have been treated to a bath in teak oil. Color me suprised with the outcome. This outdoor project was worth the 2 year wait. I now will use my new plunge Craftsman router to make room for black tubing to add pizzazz to some climbing roses. I had no idea how the teak oil was going to “shine” my redwood. Wow. Color me impressed. Pictures will definitely follow.
Ok here we go. If you look back to the Beginning most of the walls were up but still lots to be done. This first shot is ater the exterior was completed, my litle truck and my other pal, Ivy. Overall size 24’ x 36’ with a full second floor. Two oversized doors 8’6” x 10’ for deliveries etc. and lots of natural light with oversized windows. My wife and I unload the trucks and push the wood up to the second floor. The next shots are of the second f...
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