First, the caveat: I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about woodworking, trying to make sense of what it is that has always drawn me to it. I’m notorious for over-thinking, overanalyzing and basically spending too much energy navel-gazing. This blog is intended to get some of it out of my head. I’ll be glib, sarcastic and flippant in my other posts. Who knows how this one will turn out. It may be a train wreck, so reader beware! If navel-gazing doesn’t hold any appeal or distraction...
Hello, The riving knife was gone. So i had to make a new one. But also the mounting plate was gone. I first started making a mounting plate. I made the plate adjustable so it is possible to make the riving knife in line with the sawblade. You can see it at the picture below. For good understanding there are 2 screws on each corner (you can,t see al the screws on the picture), one for pushing and one for pulling. I also made a poor mans riving knife. And this is the way I did it with...
Made a little more progress last couple of days, got the partitions installed and the edge banding on the front. Trimmed and sanded the edge banding and started the layout for the drawer boxes.Today was my last shop day for the next month. We’ll be leaving Thursday morning for our grand road trip to San Diego with stops in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. After a week in Diego at my Navy Ships reunion it’ll be up the Pacific Coast highway to LA, San Franciso and Sonoma Wine Coun...
This is my attempt at a book box.Made with mahogany and pine. For the inlay I just used the table saw to make the grove.The hinges have taken up the most time but are very rewarding once they work properly. I will update the project as it progresses with photos.
Finally had time to start cutting the parts for the stand. Here is a photo of all of the pieces cut: I used a Dremel tool to cut the disks. Rather than buy the plastics disks from Work Sharp, I made some disks from hardboard and also from MDF. My design called for grooves to be cut into the MDF for the 3/16” hardboard shelves and backs. I couldn’t find a 3/16” router bit locally, so I ended up using an 1/8” bit in the Dremel and making two passes. A big hassle to...
Changed the entire plan now. Decided to put the support legs back under the wing on the right side. I thought it had enough support with the rails of the fence but I didn’t think about the tipping point. So for stabilization purposes I put the legs back on. With legs back in place, it reduced the total width available for the cabinet by 5” so now it’s back to the drawing board. I did go ahead and cut the two sides and the top and bottom today and assembled them. Now ...
Oh yea! Time to kick off the summer with the 2nd Annual Whirligig Wars Woodworking Event. Spend that shop time preparing for battle and build a whirligig for the event. We have some great prizes this year from our Awesome Sponsors Laguna Tools Rockler Woodworking and HardwareWoodworkers Guild of AmericaMicro JigThe United Federation of Woodworkers Brought to you by A Simple Design of Ocala, Inc. & Woodworking for Mere Mortals You don’t want to miss this!! Here is a look ...
Recently I posted a video covering common woodworking joinery ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqXLYe783qw ) with the help of a few friends. In that video I talked to you all about making finger joints on the table saw and showed you a finger joint jig in the process. Well as I promised, here is the complete build process of that Jig. Table Saw Finger Joint Jig Also a little reminder about the 2nd Annual Whirligig Wars. It is almost here!! The event Runs from July 10 –...
My fiancee has been wanting a way to elegantly display her horse ribbons in the house. One idea she liked was the Ribbon box seen here http://www.mcguinnfarms.com/office_p1.html# This in all honesty is just a short stool with a box on it. I wanted to make something more useful but serving the same purpose. So my idea is an end table with glass sides framed in wood with a glass top also framed in wood. I decided on Red Oak for all the wood including the legs and the frames. I picked up 2×...
Now I could have finished the roof, I could have finished the back wall, but… I’m always having a bit difficulty with switching between the woodwork and the work with cement and stones. So, when the first section of the roof was on, I decided to make the front door on the second floor. Now, it’s not a door that you can go in and out, it’s about 3,5 meters above the street. I just wanted to have the possibility to load bigger items from the street. Now it might n...
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