In this episode, I make the back from some maple stock. The back is ship lapped and will be installed in a groove in the back legs I also make a solid cherry top with a curved front. Now I will say I completely screw up the first attempt by, well just being really stupid and not paying attention to what I was doing, and using the wrong bit in my router. I do show how I recover from this mistake in the end. As always, I welcome your questions and comments! To keep up with what I’...
School budgets are pretty slim. They come out of our tax dollars and I think we all feel the same way about taxes. In one of our local public schools they have a bunch of inexpensive guitars for their music program. They are bought used, or donated, so most are in pretty rough shape. Particularly after a few years of being banged on by a bunch of kids. Here I am shimming a nut on one of them. An Oscar Schmitt that is buzzing from the nut being too low. I do not charge anything for my time,...
Sooooooo…. my daughter wants chickens. We’ve never raised chickens? How hard can it be? First issue will be housing. We have plenty of room, but other than one incredibly antique fencepost (this land was part of a plantation from the 1700’s, probably the last time it had fences), we have no boundaries. So, security and housing will be item 1 on the agenda. I can build a chicken coop.. I think… . Well, I drew up plans and realized right away that unless I wanted t...
In this video, I cut the curved door panels to size using the bending form I used to create them. Then I cut the veneer for the edge banding, and install it on the doors to give the illusion that they are a solid bent panel. Then install the hinges and hang them. After the doors are hung, I can start working on the curved drawer front. I cut the face of the curve on a large blank and them create the half blind dovetails for the sides. I then veneer the face of the drawer front so that the ...
My son asked me to make him a stave container for his basement hobby shop where he builds custom bicycles. It will serve a dual purpose as a waste basket and a leg for one corner of a wall mounted fold away work bench. The dimensions are 101cm or 39´1/2” tall and 30cm or 12” inside diameter. It will be made from some cheap pine sold to be used for construction on cement forms. The wood dimensions are 15mm or slightly over 1/2” and a finished width of 7.77cm or about 3R...
I’ve finished planing and getting ready to build my table. My material list is in the photo above and the plans as well. The total board feet is 8.9 ft squared. I will have about 2 months to complete it and it’s gonna be the best freakin end table Tooch has ever seen. On Monday I will begin building my legs and the aprons of the table.
Now that I know the thickness of the doors, I can start working on the internal structure of the piece. I have to account for being able to put the lower shelf and divider for the drawer being put into the piece after glue up, so I have to do some unconventional things to get it to work. After I get those made, I taper the legs and do the initial glue up. Then I modify my bending jig to make the cut to separate the curved front into two doors. As always, I welcome your questions and commen...
- Making a Slab Coffee Table I have a very nice walnut slab that I plan to make into a coffee table. I am happy to say that flattening a slab of wood with a router in my shop was even easier that I thought it would be! Not only was it easy, but the results were great! This is one of those tasks where an adjustable height workbench came in very handy because setting it to a very low height made it easier to move the router across the slab. The slab is a slice out of a tree, some p...
First step: Upgrade the blade. A good blade is only ~$15 and is a world of difference. 1/4’ mdf attached to the right side of the saw base so It will match the height of the jig. (1) perfect straight edge on 3/4” MDF glued to-(2) 1/4” MDF that is 1-1/4” wider than the 3/4” MDF . Once the glue sets, cut the 1/4” MDF using the 3/4” MDF as the fence(3) run through Table saw to make Edge #3 parallel to Edge #2 Bonus – add clamps ...
Here is a video I just finished on Center Keyed Box Joints. One of the harder things about box joints is getting an equal sized key on both the top and the bottom. Here I show how to get equal sized keys regardless of the height of your board or the width of your dado stack. It is a really cool way to do the joints and the result is as decorative as it is functional. If you like this video and want to get updates on my future projects please subscribe to my Youtube Channel. You can also see 1...
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