So for the past week, I have been working with another woodworker on some raised-panel cabinet doors my mom contracted him to build. I have learned many things, albeit not the things I expected to learn. First, when you’re building fine furniture, you need to pay attention to grain from the very beginning, right from when you start your layout and marking out. Thinking about what grain is going to go where from the outset will save headaches later, and also make more attractive pie...
I am a woodworker, an engineer, a maker, and a tinkerer. I built myself a workbench that height adjustable and completely solid that will last for generations. The full project description is here. But if your like me, you will find that a project, though completed, is never really done. I started this blog to document my starting point for any modifications and upgrades I do to the bench. See a video of the project by clicking here if you don't have flash or watch below:
This is my entry into the Christmas Ornament Challenge put on by Alan Stratton and Carl Jacobson. This is the third annual challenge and I ma amazed at the beautiful ornaments folks have made! This idea came to me as I have made toys quit a bit in the past and I thought just make a version of an airplane that is smaller. Proportions were determined mostly on the fly and are just approximations of what should look good. Much of what I did I had in my head and I made the first piece then fit ...
Creating the front legs for a black walnut maloof rocker https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6RpZktuUWc&feature=youtu.be
I finally past that stinking kidney stone. I was out of work for 2 weeks because of this thing. I passed it Friday afternoon, so now I feel pretty normal now. It just aches now, the pain is manageable. I imagine that it will take a few more days to feel completely better. Anyhow, after 2 weeks off, I was able to get in the shop today and do a bit of work. (Admittedly, I tried while I was off work because I was bored out of my mind, but I could only stand for about 20 minutes, so that ...
It was one of those days where I was between projects and had several smaller things to get done. I had this older coffee table that really needed some attention nd the wife had placed it on our back porch. I guess she was tired of waiting for me to “get to it” So I refinished the top. I had an older cheap hammer that had a loose head, so I fixed that. I bought a yankee screwdriver at a garage sale and the handle was in bad shape. It is a wood handle and at first I thought about t...
Kudos to 489TAD….I also find myself as the widow of a master period furniture maker and the daunting task of finding homes for a seemingly endless supply of tools, equipment and keepsakes. Any suggestions on a good forum for sales other than Craigslist or Ebay?????.I have Windsor chair and period furniture templates as well that would be an atrocity to just throw away. Located in Georgia…Thanks for any suggestions/help
I have been waiting for parts to actually do the hanging, but over the last couple weeks, I got the frame ready and had time to get the video update put together. Check it out:
I found this sander on Creaglist a few weeks ago—-Old state spindle sander, 3 phase, needs repair (bearings?) $300.00 I have been looking for an oscillating spindle sander but I didn’t want one from the big box stores. This one fit the bill but not running and it has a 3 phase motor. Not to good… My thought was to replace the motor, I don’t have 3 phase power in shop anyway. So once I got it all tore down I found that just need cleaned out and new oil added to the...
It’s been a while since my last post, but wanted to share my finds and maybe get some recommendations. Well, I periodically check CL to see what’s out there and a week ago I picked up an old 14” jet bandsaw for $90, needs a little work, but ok. Now the slippery slope; I am in tool buying mode. I then came across a Rockwell unisaw. I don’t have any experience with these but after researching them, they seem to be heirloom machines and I had to get my hands on one o...
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