This time I mark the layout for how the butterfly hinge is going to be installed. Then I use a steel rod and bushings to create the hinge mechanism. This all gets installed into the support system of the table so the leaf will store under the table when it is not in use. I also show how I add the splines to the edges, and a cool way to hide the end grain of the splines. Then I level the table halves, then the leaf to the rest of the top. Almost complete! As always, I welcome your questio...
With the holidays over and the house starting to return to normal I took the time to edit some more video on the essential oil cabinet I made for my son for Christmas. A lot of hand work over a lot of days, and a long time to edit it too. View on YouTube
What was the last difficult moment you had with a project? Was it a particularly complex joint or a nasty bit of figured grain? How did you tackle it? I bet the solution regardless of the tools being used was to slow down and take care of it meticulously. If you think about it, “difficult” tasks just force us to slow down. Sometimes to glacial speeds.So when you look at it that way, no project is really that hard to make, but rather just slower.Its quite liberating! I’m a firm believer tha...
In this video, I cut the three pieces that make up the top that totals 8’ when fully expanded. I also show how to install the butterfly hinges for the folding extension.Then I cut corners off and prepare the lumber for the solid wood frame along with making a solid “inlay” detail around the entire top. As always, I welcome your questions and comments! To get updates of this build as I go along, please follow me on Instagram – https://instagram.com/guyswoodshop...
This is probably one of the most asked questions for those just getting into wood working. Obviously there is no real right answer. My self getting and choosing router bits is a simple enough decision to make. While in some some sense buying a 150 – 172 would over all have cost benefits in overall savings, other ways it would be a huge waste of money because my chances of using all of them would be slim. The best way at least for me when choosing a bit is I ask myself the following ques...
If you own any tools, you inevitable will run into rust at some point, or if you by a used rusty tool, removing rust can be difficult in some cases. Of course there are countless ways to remove the rust, all of them requiring some form or another of good ole fashioned elbow grease. I found in most cases what works well, is Wd40, 60 grit Aluminum Oxide sand paper, and a good palm sander. On my drill press this is all I used, these are the steps1st I took some disposable shop towels and wiped o...
After driving myself really crazy this year I finally broke down and purchased a Band Saw. I had been looking at everything from a Rigid 14 to Laguna 14LTE to a Grizzly 17. However all through the process I kept wondering what would I do with the thing. 99.999% of the projects I’ve done are using table saw, drill press, planer, jointer. And on rare instance a jig saw. What gives me angst goes back a few years ago when I started building a corner of my barn into a workshop. ...
This time I’m starting to make the top for the table. Since it’s going to have a solid wood frame around it, I need to use veneered panels. I show how to make shop sawn veneer and get it ready for veneering. Then I show how I glue it to the substrate, and how to use the vacuum bag to press it to the substrate. I had a lot of fun doing this as it is a new process for me. If you would like to learn more about the vacuum bag veneering process, I recommend going to Andy Pitts’...
Okay so this is more of rant than a blog, but I need to get something off my chest before I explode, so excuse my being blunt. I’m pretty sure many of you have come across “primitive wooden projects” being sold at craft fairs etcetera. I my self in my area run into this every where. My problem with this I don’t consider these pieces to be primitive, I do consider them to be nothing more than piss poor excuse of craftsmanship. from the knicks in the wood you were to laz...
After the base assembly is complete, I start working on the sliding mechanism that will carry the split top. I use maple for some of the parts, and walnut for the slides that will be attached to the table top when I complete it. Although not very complex, it is a design that demands precision to work correctly. You Tube Link – https://youtu.be/KXypIMnhh3g As always, I welcome your questions and comments! To get updates of this build as I go along, please follow me on Inst...
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