Fellow Jocks, First, I want to thank you for reading this and offering your wisdom. I am a novice woodworker and have come up with a hurdle in my current project. I am building a cradle out of Red Oak, which is the hardest wood I’ve worked with so far. The problem I am having is routing around curves. If I route into the grain on a curve, my wood keeps splitting and ruining the piece I’m working with. (see picture) On the other hand, I’ve tried doing a climb...
I came home from work today and went straight to the shed after listening to the shot of the day and got busy! Now that I have made my templates for the chair, I routed all of the round over edges that are called for by the Jake’s chair plans. I really do enjoy using the router, there is something satisfying to watching the edges go from raw cut edges, to pretty, smooth, and finished as the bit passes with ease. But on the down side, I really want that router table because bending ov...
This blog details how I made the hinges for my latest project, ‘56’ (also now used in ‘42’). In this blog I will be making one hinge, 56mm x 76mm x 6mm. I am using dissimilar woods for contrast. These are, in this case, sycamore and walnut. I work in millimetres. For those of you using inches there are 25.4 mm to the inch. There is a calculator in the pc you are using to read this blog, its not rocket science. I cut four blanks 56mm x 42mm x 3mm, two of sycamore and...
Now that the letters are outlined with a stop-cut we want to ‘rough out’ the material inside the letters. I use clamps to hold down the wood so that there is no movement while routing. The clamps are repositioned as necessary for a clear work space. 01 Clamp Wood ————————————————————————————————...
I’m just going to let the pictures tell the story here. The only things I will say is that the template guide pin must be exactly the same width as the router bit used (6mm in this case) and the minimum hinge pin width is also dictated by the router bit used. This is the test run with a 115mm square x 6mm thick piece of MDF being routed. No, even I don’t trust the actual pieces I am working for a project to the first run with a new jig.The templates were marked out, using a knife,...
Sign Carving: Week One PROCESS: Prepare Wood Design Print Overlay Trace Mask – Optional Knife Cut – Stop Cut (Make visible for ease of routing) Welcome to the Class! Pick your material of choice to carve. My dog Chewy and I have chosen authentic aged Barn WoodI steam the board in a clear plastic bag to disinfect and kill any bugs and remove dirt by blowing the board with compressed air being careful not to ruin the surface. Also remove any extraneous...
Hello again. Lets start with a reminder of what the Inverted World pattern looks like I don’t know if you can see from this but the pattern consists of only 3 (three) different types of piece Labelled here as A, B and C. Both of the B’s in this picture are mirror images of each other.To complete the pattern we need 4 x A ( 2 black, 2 white), 8 x B ( 4 black, 4 white) and 4 x C ( 2 black, 2 white).You should also be able to make out from the first picture that if you ...
It’s been months since I’ve been able to do any woodworking. I guess being busy in this economy is a good thing. I finally got a couple of days in the shop to address in-progress projects. The biggest was my mental block on the 4-sided quartersawn legs for the dining table. In a previous entry, I discussed how I botched the lock miter joint. It took me a while to get up the nerve to get back to work on them because if I biffed it again, they’d be too thin and I’d ...
The Post and Panel System started with the desire to let my son build cool castles out of blocks. But I didn’t like that regular blocks fall down so easily. A little kid is going to have a hard time protecting his castle from barbarians, pets and siblings if the only things he can use are gravity and friction! So, unlike regular old blocks, the posts and panels in this set lock together. In minutes, without any instructions, your kids (or, be honest, you) can create complex and s...
First of all, I want to thank everyone for their input from yesterdays blog. I read all your thoughts and carefully considered everything that was said. The thing about working on my own the way I do is that sometimes it is hard to see all sides of things. I have three cats here who I consider ‘co-workers’ – although their jobs are more of the ornamental variety, and a partner who is kind of too close to the situation to give a good unbiased opinion. I guess that is why ...
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