Part of every workshop success is being organized and having templates on hand to trace and cut out, my shop is no different, for the longest time I kept my templates stuffed in a box, as of lately I have been getting request for shelves, rather than dig out these templates I created the “I SEE IT BOARD” this way a person can see the options that are available, it will be easier for me as well because I will be able to grab what I need and when I am done I can easily put it back ...
Sometimes in woodworking you need a shape that just won’t work because of short grain issues, stock availability, design concerns etc. It comes to a choice of steam bending or bent lamination. When choosing bent lamination there are some concerns to consider. The First consideration is the form you wish to use to use for the glue-up process. I normally hate MDF with a passion, but for this application it works well. I have used cdx and a/c plywood, solid wood, and phenolic plastic t...
A neighbor of mine gave me this table as he is not a woodworker and felt he did not have the skills to refurbish it. So now I have another project. The table has no commercial markings on it so I feel that it was home made some years ago, maybe 50 years ago but I have nothing to base my estimate on. At any rate the table looked interesting enough that I will make an attempt at fixing it up but I am looking for a lot of advice and suggestions from anyone. My first ste...
just sort of a progress report I am making 2 stools for Rittenhouse Needlepoint.one is tots rectilinear walnut. dullthe other is more interestingthey wanted pale or white wood “like pine” and a square cabriole leg. Obviously pine would not do, but I have this nice white beech on hand… I’ll post these under the finished projects when I get them done. If any of you are leary about making a cabriole leg like this, let me tell you, it’s dead simple...
I have used material that had bolts and washers in it. The holes are 1-3/4” and I need to plug these holes. Cutting the exsisting holes with a router or drill bit is easy. How can I cut a plug accurately that is 2-1/2” in diameter and 1/2” thick? I can make the hole smaller (maybe 2-3/8” or 2-1/4”), but I want to cut out the defects around where the bolt holes are. The material is oak and there are about 200 holes to plug. I guess I could turn the plugs,...
I’ve been itching to try new and challenging projects. Over the past two years I’ve made some mortise and tenon joints. Some simple inlay. Intarsia, (not yet finished). I bought a used band saw and have been experimenting with curves. I have wanted to try building an instrument. A guitar seems too big. A dulcimer might be a better start. But I’m learning to play a mandolin, so that’s what I’m going to attempt. There are kits available. I debated buying a kit a...
Before installing the fretboard started some shaping using the Festool disk sander/grinder. My experience making Maloof chairs has paid off as I found this very easy and fun.Started to Take Shape I installed some small bits of 4d nail in the bed of the fretboard and the fretboard itself to hold alignment while clamping up. Alignment Pins in Neck and Holes at White Marks on Ebony Fretboard Then I glued with Titebond III, clamping down to table saw top for dead flatness. There is a...
Hi all, I measured at least 10 times before making the cavity cuts. These need to be done before shaping so there is support for the tools – drill press and router. Before beginning the routs I had a little cleanup to do on the butt end of the through neck. The photo shows I back cut the tuner mount (this travel guitar is headless and has the tuner behind the bridge) to 20 degrees. This is so the tuners swing nominally level after tensioning the strings. If I didn’t ...
I took a look at my project lists this morning, like I do every Monday, and picked out a something that had been waiting a while. It was a carpenter project, custom exterior stair rails. I went out to my shop to take a look around and decide where to start. I decided that before I went outside in search of material, I needed to clean the place up. As I vacuumed the planer shavings out of the base of the band saw stand, I decided to finish the case and build the drawer that I had p...
In the first video of this series, I start by making the table legs. They are 3” walnut with a tapered peg at the bottom, and a small turned detail. Thanks to Matt Cremona for the help with the slabs to make them! As always, I welcome your questions and comments! You Tube Link – https://youtu.be/NX7A4XSW2CE
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