Instructions for making functioning and decorative fireplace bellows: Feb. 9, 2004 (Up-dated Sept. 2016) I have made well over sixty of these. I developed this process and pattern from a carved bellows I bought in Norway in 1984. The decorative inlay process is explained in another blog of mine. Wood can be any kind that you like to use. Needed is about 30 inches of 1×8. One half-inch thick wood will also work if you can find it. I have used Oak, Cedar, Pine, Waln...
Boy and Girls, This blog is to supplement a project I penned earlier, regarding Lathe disk sander with micro adjustment. Please click on the link to read about the micro adjustment feature of the brains behind the underlying mechanism. Just a quick memory twister…. This table was designed using Sketchup and here is a link to it for anyone interested. Again I have not provided measurement as everything depends on the person undertaking the build and their respective timber and hardw...
Let’s see, cleaned the bench off a bit Except for a couple tools I thought I might need.. And brought this thing out of hiding.. Yep…that pine scrap did wind up glued in place. Wide chisel to pop it off. Got to looking at the legs….decided in the interests of it NOT falling over, a fourth legs was needed. First two legs were NOT 120* apart… Did NOT feel like digging another dovetail joint into the base with three already glued up. Used one leg as a pat...
Yet, somehow I keep forgeting that one rule…. Came away from the Doctor’s visit, needing X-rays and Dr. Feelgood for a sore knee, I now have a Handicap thing to hang in the window of the van,,, I thought that somewhere in the shop, there were a few wood screws. Slotted heads, hopefully Brass ones….nope. Went to Lowes, to by a few screws…..#8×3/4” round head, slotted Brass screws…...that were priced like they were gold plated. 3 little ...
Today I will be talking about sanding Redwood. I personally am not an expert, but I’ve been around it for quite some time now. I want to share some of what I have learned. This is geared more towards the non-professional woodworker. The best advice I can give you is to begin with the finished product in mind. Wood finishing can be fun and easy. Take your time and don’t rush through finishing a piece of furniture. Imagine how it will look finished in your home. It is better t...
Just one of them days…..while waiting on the help to rouse himself out of bed…..went to the shop for a little while. Set the beltsander into the vise. The three leg blanks were wavy, and a couple were a bit fat. Turn the sander on, and hit the lock button. Held each part on the moving belt until the saw marks were gone, sides were flat. Found out that the inside curve was a decent enough of a match.. That it would fit the front roller. Got rid of some other saw m...
Well..I did find Mr. Gumption today…...and he put me to work, so much so, I was dripping on everything in the shop. Gave the lathe a rest for a while. Decided to flatten the top, and work on it until a circle was done….almost. I have a Stanley No.5c, with a Schwarz style cambered iron. Scrubbed all the high spots down to match the low ones, was a bit rough. I went at an angle to the grain, mostly. Then went with a slightly bigger plane.. Used this #5-1/2 as a ...
And looking a bit..rough. About like me before that first Mountain Dew of the morning… And each “face” looked like this. I clamped the box into the vise like this, and worked that side over.. A smooth plane to do most of the work…except around those pins One of the very few “Low Angle” planes I have. Went at an angle to the pins, to bring them down level with the sides. Then a palm sander to round the corners a bit. Then back to the #60-...
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