For the project I am currently working on, I required a perfect curve for the front of a desk and for two shelves. Because the top material is Melamine Faced Chipboard, I decided to strengthen this by using construction grade ply. This gave me a good practice material to get the curve right, before cutting the MFC, which is 3 times the price of ply! Although I own two routers, I have never really used them to cut. I was looking through Fine Woodworking website and came across a build off vide...
For years I held out.. I love a hand rubbed oil finish… but when I was at the Maryborough Woodshow a while back … a woman wanted to know why my Lazy Larrys were not smooth and shiny like that other bloke’s stuff at the next stand..So I went through the whole rigamarole of how I hand rub the oil finish and how it brings out the grains etc etc… well “If I am going to pay that sort of money, I want it smooth and really shiny!” I then realised that it is not...
Ok, I’ve been working on this for about 18 months. A little here and a little there… a piece at a time. It’s finally finished and now I can move on to making instruments. I never built a bench, or anything else – unless you consider that bowl I turned in wood shop 45 years ago? – so there was some learning curve involved. I never: made box joints or drawers, glued up a top, made and installed mortise & tenon’s, installed a vice – let alone two ...
these are two spoons i made for a friend of mine in Arizona, one is a ladle and the other is a spoon, the ladle is made from red cedar and the spoon is made from sassafras , i used my scroll saw to cut part of the shape, then i used my dremel, my foredom and hand chisels to create the hollowed out portions, these were the first kitchen items i have made and they were fun, although taxing for someone who has carpel tunnel or arthritis…but they were enjoyable to make and certainly enjoya...
With so many types of slides out there, there are different ways in which to install them. So here is another type of slide installation. I hope this is informative for everyone.
Many of the tips I have read regarding starting to round a spindle on a lathe recommend starting with octagonal stock. Many of the tool handles on tools I like, have octagonal handles. So I thought I would define the simplest method I have found for making octagonal stock from square stock. Be sure you have square to begin with.Find the center of the square. Take the length from corner to center and transfer it to the side face. Set your marking gauge to that length and...
Sometimes I feel like I am sleeping with the enemy (and I’m not talking about the wife) It’s that other person in bed. the one who snores…. I am plagued with bad penmanship and feel like using a calculator is beneath me, hence I suffer from “1’s” that look like “2’s” and half of 37 isn’t 16-1/2” !! Mix those two together and it is recipe for making firewood. I tried to make cabinet doors for my wife and saw the error of my ...
A very good friend of mine recently emailed me with a status update (I asked how he was doing), and a question!I have some experience with finishes but not this type of finish – so I thought I would pose the question here as there are so many knowledgeable folks that hang out here. ”You wouldn’t have any idea of a recipe for a short oil varnish using walnut oil would you?I want to finish this instrument in a varnish with a French Polish over it.” In the meantime I w...
While finishing consruction and maintenace projects preparing for Minnesota winter…. Snow didn’t melt last year, and it was piled everywhere, 6 to 7 ft. high….I have been on my Krenovian journey. I have the “cabinet maker” books, which inspired me. I didn’t know I had joined thoese before me. Just got the woodworker book. Know there are other books but…”enough”.. Yesterday the weather stopped me again. So off to find what’s out...
A few days ago we had a disaster.NO, I mean a DISASTER.Well, our house wasn’t destroyed and nobody died, but it was terrible in another sense.Y’see, the computer I work on, here at my desk, is also the server for our little business LAN. So when my wife innocently opened an email from a good friend, Malware struck hard.And it was very sneakily malevolent. It changed all the extensions of file names ending with .exe and that halted almost everything. I couldn’t even change the extensions back ...
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