So i finally got some work done today on my box. first i started by making the bottom. because i am using thick material for the sides i wanted to add some rigidness to the box so it is a 1/2” thick poplar bottom and i did the bevel with a hand plane. rather than set up machinery or anything. then it was time to focus on the dividers. these are hard because they are very thin stock and to get them good they have to fit right. so what i did was cut them and did almost what resembl...
I was asked by a fellow Lumberjocker to further detail the process of bent lamination. I am sure that there are many of you FAR more qualified to document this then I but in the spirit of sharing knowledge and to honor a request I have blogged this process in a more indepth manor. Please note that I have included pictures from two separate projects. I start by building forms from MDF. I prefer to use light weight MDF if you can find it but the standard stuff works well too albeit alot h...
hey everyone, just got a commission from the club that i am in for school to build a money box for when we have bake sales and other various sales. I am planning on making it out of Jatoba because thats what i have around right now. i am planning on dying it up and everything too. so first i started by milling the lumber down to a little under 3/8” and a little over 5/16ths. i am using such thin material so i could get as much lumber out of my lumber. i resawed the rough boards on ...
So I do three types of furniture projects; Practical, Restore, or Inspired. All have their pros & cons, these projects have 3 main parameters; Quality, Speed, and/or Cost. Now pick two you can have the other will suffer. Practical project is to build something that meets a needed usually now; a book shelf, a peer, sun shower, a shelf, radiator cover, etc. Usually speed & cost ware what I choose, and quality would suffer, but I usually over engineer the thing, so it is more bulky an...
Woodwork Joints : Where wood meets wood to stick! If you need to connect two pieces of wood, this blog is an excellent resource. Lot’s of useful and clear illustrations too. Table of ContentsDOVETAIL GROOVING JOINTS FOR CURVED WORK MISCELLANEOUS JOINTS PUZZLE JOINTS SHUTTING JOINTS THE BRIDLE JOINT THE DOVETAIL JOINT THE DOWELLING JOINT THE GLUED JOINT THE HALVED JOINT THE HINGED JOINT THE MITRED JOINT THE MORTISE AND TENON JOINTTHE SCARF JOINT THE TONGUED AND GROOVED JOINT
I am beginning to think that a dead on PERFECT miter is about like big foot or the Loch Ness monster. We’ve all heard of it, a few claim to have achieved it, most of us probably don’t believe it. I am an engineer in occupation and by nature, so when I say perfect; I mean PERFECT. Dead on 45 degree not 44.99 nor 45.01. The vertical face of the wood is completely vertical as is the blade so the sides don’t tilt. And the wood is absolutely of consistent thickness so the re...
Many of you probably cut dovetails with power tools & jigs —and so do I. But for some projects, I really prefer cutting them by hand and I never tire of learning how to do it better. That’s what took me on one of my recent video “treks” (journeys), where I filmed the segment I’ve posted here — this time to the shop of master cabinetmaker Craig Vandall Stevens. In this two-part series, Craig (who studied under James Krenov) uses only a saw, chisel, and several sh...
When things become confusing, and I’m talking about the design aspect now as I have yet to begin this project, the shop gets quiet. My mind scopes the shop in search of something. A piece of material? A jig? Anything that can “push” me in the direction I need to go. Does my piece require the use of my leigh jig? Maybe I should start with the material instead of thinking about the process first. I search through the pile of wood looking for figure, something that stands out...
Hey Everyone! i know its been awhile but i finally have another episode of the Teenage Woodworker to put up! in this episode i talk about how i do mortise and tenons. so i hope that everyone likes it! So I hope that everyone likes the episode. i will have another one out sometime next week. I’m taking the T-Chisel challenge and making a step stool so i figure that i will document that. i have some cool things to show. especially the finish! so i hope that everyone liked it and...
As of my last blog entry, I had received the hardware from Gramercy Tools, and I’m very satisfied with the quality of materials and service. The shorter blade necessitated a shorter stretcher, which I whipped out in a couple of hours from a scrap piece of cherry. Like many of my shop projects, the finished saw looks different from what I had visualized at the start of the project. The pins that catch the blade simply epoxy into the handles, which are pre-drilled to the proper d...
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