Here are the instructions for making my style of the wine bottle balancer: 1. Cut pieces to size on the table saw: 3”x12” (3/4” stock). 2. Drill angle hole at 45 degrees, 3” from one end on the drill press with a 1 3/8” forstner bit. 3. Cut rounded top on band saw, jig saw, or scroll saw. 4. Round over edges on both sides of the board with a round-over bit on router table (this is optional, but it just makes for a more decorative look and...
Here are some of the latest slabs that have come off the mill. I have been trying to get as much juniper as possible lately because it seems to be fairly popular around here. The color and grain make it perfect for rustic cabins or southwest furniture. It is also a lot easier to mill then mesquite. I also attached a slab of the mesquite burl that I came across. If anybody is ever around tucson,az or payson,az give me a call I have slabs in both areas. 520-444-1225
Working on a unique bench design. Customer has requested that a bench be built to accommodate his 4 dachshunds….He has a converted a laundry room into a Mud room. The kennels he has in there now are too large for the dogs, so he wanted something smaller for them. The bench will have a kennel on the bottom of the bench with 2 doors, the openings are set and ready for the doors.He also asked that the bench be tall in order to hide the water lines /drain that are in the wall that were used...
I picked up this Ryobi oscillating spindle sander yesterday on Craigslist for $30 with all the extra sanding tubes as shown in the photo. I saw this ad on Craigslist a week or so ago, and it was $45, then yesterday morning when I checked the ads, he had it down to $30, so I snatched it.
In my last blog, I created the tray bottom. In this blog, I will cut the grooves for the tray bottom, rout finger holds and put the tray together. First step is to cut grooves in the tail section. I use the MCLS 13/64” plywood bit (because 1/4” plywood is smaller than it’s nominal size). As a rule of thumb, I like to cut the groove 2x the groove width (so 1/2” in this case) from the bottom in order to leave enough material for a strong assembly. I mark t...
The final shaping of the body is done using a band saw, router, and sander. First I laid out the taper of the sides. Either way the cuts are done means that the flat surfaces will be reduced after one cut or the other, and it will also be harder to lay out the cuts because the lines need to be drawn on non-flat surfaces. I decided to cut the side tapers first thinking I could use double sided tape to re-attach one cut out to help preserve a good flat surface. I didn’t end up followin...
So I got a 24” grizzly drum sander recently that was in working condition (sort of) but needed some parts replaced and needed a lot of tinkering! So i thought i would share some pics of the journey. this is not the exact one (i dont know what happened to the pic i took), but to give you idea picture this in much worse shape!I am not the best at remembering to take pics of everything so I will explain what I had to do. The back drum had felt well pieces of felt on it so I cleaned up the...
I know, weird title, but I am busy celebrating the release of my latest video, “The Making of the Rocker Cradle.” Sure had a lot of fun with this one. As they say, “what I really want to do is direct…” Okay, maybe not. Hope you enjoy the clip. Cheers! video
I posted a blog entry a few days ago about some different sanding aids I use in carving that I thought might be helpful to others. I of ten see products in catalogs and wonder how/if they actually work, so I thought a semi-review of the products I have used might be helpful. Apparently it was useful info for some, so I decide to mention a couple more that I don’t use frequently. But one of these might be especially helpful to Spoontaneous and other spoon carvers. I occasionally carve...
I wanted to do a blog entry that talked a little about sanding, since some carvers may not be familiar with all of these accessories.It may also be useful info for other woodworkers who do some shaping on boxes and such. Some carvers prefer not to sand, leaving a more rustic hand-carved look. Certain styles of carving do stress clean cuts and I also prefer to cut as much as possible before starting to sand. But one of the things that I feel has improved my carvings or at least their appearanc...
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