I have been wanting to get this project completed for some time and now its on its way to being done. I built this about a year ago and it had served well but it was difficult to set up without a fence until now. I picked up the PinnAcle fence on closeout at Wood Craft and got the dust port parts while I was there as well. I had the T-Slots so I put them in and I will make some feather boards tomorrow and install the front T-Slot for that T-slot then one day this week I will go back to Wood C...
What should be the first entry in this series is my really simple table saw panel cutting and edge jointing jig. This is my my take on a mortise jig for a plunge router. I wanted to keep it as simple to build and as inexpensive as possible, but I also wanted it to produce good results for a rookie because I was going to use it for my first attempt and a M&T joint. Now that I’ve verified that it works well, I’ll probably add a toggle clamp or two for holding the work. T...
I went to a guy in Powell, OH about a router and table for $75 total I seen on craigslist. While I was there he also had unopened and unused belt/disc sander and scroll saw. He was asking $200 for all 4 items but settled on $150. I got a Craftsman Router 17504 1-1/2hp, Craftsman Router Table 25483, Delta 1” Belt/8” Disc Sander and Delta 16” Variable Speed Scroll Saw. Works out to roughly $38 per item. Not bad I think even though they are somewhat older items, but ne...
Ok fellow Jocks I have stumbled into the video end of wood working. This is the first episode in the series so please give it a look and I would appreciate any feed back. http://blip.tv/file/3530163 I will learn a better way of copying the link and I hope not to be so camera shy in the future.
I’ve looked at books for new woodworkers that laid out several different projects to build various skill sets. I like the concept, but enjoy being creative when it comes to thinking about projects to build. My first project was a woodworking bench from FWW last summer. I put the hobby on hold as far as building goes, but read and watched as much as I could and even took a class at my local Woodcraft store. So I’ve had a great deal of time to think about what kind of projects I...
I recently finished building a federal style card table loosely patterned after the plan in FWW issue #59, “Federal Card Table” by Michael Dunbar. That table in turn is based on a piece from the period, thought to be from Baltimore. I still consider myself a newbie, and was shocked at how well the finished table came out! Now I’m going to make a second table with a few improvements. If you’d like to follow along I can promise you that we will take an interesting and unconve...
In this episode I start working on the top part of the chest.
Hello Everyone, Back in February at the Taylor, MI Woodworking Shows, we had Matt Vanderlist of Matt's Basement Workshop come down with his camera equipment to film our demonstrations. We are so excited about this years products and wanted to share some of them with the world. And without the cover charge. Check out our YouTube channel, or, more specifically, click here for a playlist that shows all the videos in order. While we don’t make a lot of sawdust, we take our time to ...
I lost count, but I think I have now applied about 12 coats of polyurethane. Nearly 1/2 gallon. After about 7 coats, the endgrain finally stopped soaking it in. So at that point, I basically had a 3/32” thick “plastic” top, as hard as a butcher block. Which is exactly what I wanted. I tried to put the poly on as thick as possible, sanding down all the high spots between coats. After the 7 coats, I realized it wasn’t as flat as I’d like, as I was sanding th...
I’ve been poking along with this project, fitting it in with other chores around the house. It seems like as a person gets older, it takes more time to get anything done, but it gradually gets done.. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~After attaching the side panels, I glued in a piece of foam pad as a silencer. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ To stretch my plywood, plus protect the ply edges, I glued ...
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