We moved into this building about 10 years ago; it was badly neglected and really just had gotten past the previous owner. So, the plumbing was such a disaster that I hired a plumber. My uncle introduced me to this super-drunkard who went by the name of Tommy the Plumber. He was about 75 years old, big, giant Irishman, with a thick accent, and a gleam in his eye. I liked him immediately and hired him. Once he started working, I hated him. He got the job done – but did it ...
I save just about all of my scrap. It comes in handy for jigs, blocks, shims, whatever. It’s also my city firewood. Each year in Chicago, smelt fishing season runs during the month of April. It’s an annual tradition for our family to throw some nets into Lake Michigan and wait for the little fish to swim into them. As you can imagine, this is a tough way to fish, so we bring a year of scrap lumber, have a fire, grill some sausages, drik some cocktails, and have a marvolou...
I ask a couple of my woodworking friends to help me talk to you about some common woodworking joinery. Woodworking joinery is the method of joining two pieces of wood together to create a more complex item. Woodworking Joinery is the one thing we as woodworkers need to know and this video talks about 4 common woodworking joints that you are most likely to use in your projects. In this video you will learn about the following joints Half Lap Joints – Presented by Jay Bates Jays...
This week’s Project is a horizontal Murphy Bed. The bed I built is a twin size bed using the Create-A-Bed Hardware kit from Rockler Woodworking and Supply. The finished look of the bed can be trimmed and finished to match your homes decor, really the limit on the final look is only limited by your imagination. These videos just tell you about the use of the hardware kit and the general construction of the project. I hope you enjoy it.
My wife hinted strongly the other day that a new set of adirondack chairs would be a nice addition to the back yard. Wood has a set of pretty easy plans in their most recent issue, so I picked up some 5/4 PT pine and have spent the weekend cutting all of the parts to size and then rounding over all of the parts that will get handled. In this case, that’s a pretty significant pile of pine, about 50-60 parts for the pair of chairs. I Might have enough wood for another chair, but honestly...
Decided to make lamps for Christmas for my mother in law. Found a very cool book on japanese lamps so decided to take a crack at it: Key Steps in process:1. Prep plans and Mill stock (not shown)2. Cut and Route legs3. Cut, Route and Rip kumiko (rails and styles)4. Cut and route top5. Test fit sides6. Glue up side panels, legs and lid7. Add light socket8. Light up! Step 1 – Mill StockStarted out with book, shoiji paper and reclaimed wood from a prior project. Instru...
It’s that time of year once again. The 2nd Annual Whirligig Wars event is approaching! Woodworkers around the globe are beginning to construct their whimsical whirligigs with the hope of winning one of the great prizes this year. Whirligig Wars came to life last year when woodworkers across the globe battled it out and waged a war in wood. Due to it’s success Whirligig Wars has gained recognition from woodworkers and woodworking enthusiasts across the globe. In the Summer...
While I know that everyone says you should only really mill as much wood as you can work with in a day, the reality of it is that the wood I bought for the bench is taking up my entire garage, so, while I have cut the wood for the top down to size, before I can really get much further on it, I needed to cut the material for the legs down to size, then move the rest that I wont need for this project to the storage shed. In my last post, I mentioned my rip sled and some of the comments (I be...
Garlick and Son Rip Saw The original Garlick and Son Saw Company was started in 1858 according to the webpage. http://www.flinn-garlick-saws.co.uk/acatalog/The_Lynx_Range.html My Garlick and Son (Lynx) saw arrived today. I purchased it on EBay taking a risk and trying for a great price; well lady luck turned my way. The saw is in fine shape and looks great. It’s a Lynx line saw according to the Lynx website which acquired or obtained Garlick and Son Saw Company sometime in 19...
Building a portable box drillpress to drill holes in the 5’x4’ tabletop for festool clamping elements. Now I’m ready to start work on the tabletop. I first saw a box drillpress on Allan Little’s YouTube channel AskWoodMan.tv.
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