I got back on the Unisaw rehab today. It was pretty hot in the shop, so I had to keep a towel handy to keep sweat off the cast iron. Weather guy tells me that the high temperature today was around 94F with humidity in the 80% area. Not a real surprise for south Louisiana in September though. I realized that I had not painted the edges of the cast iron top, so I removed them (with my wife’s help) and set the assembled top on my workbench. I flipped it over and removed the wings. ...
Some lessons are learned the hard way. I bought a warped piece of Sapelle. I mean really warped. I thought that the little tiny pieces I needed would not be affected by a warped piece. Good lord was I ever wrong! Here’s the sorrier news. I didn’t ask the store for a price break. I just said with a real confident aire “No problem at all! It will work just fine!” Every single gap in the top of the table was due to the fact that I could not make precise cuts to the sev...
Doing a commission for a local architect with whom I’ve worked before. Furniture grade cabinetry or cabinet grade furniture, call it what you will, this is what I’m building. Her borrowed design, tweeked by me. Thought I’ld try to keep track and post photos for other woodworkers. Should be an easy build. The bridle joint at the top of the legs should be fun. This cabinets could easily be adjusted to fit in any bath. Fortunately she is wanting a light colored ...
I had a cut-off sled, but I wasn’t happy with it. it didn’t slide well at all, I wanted a taller rear fence, and I wanted to try to make some t-track to go on it. so, today, I took apart my old one and started planning the new sled. I was able to remove the old runners without breaking them, which is good, and also without ripping apart the decent plywood that was the base, also good. I was able to determine that the left side of the sled was where the poor sliding problem was a...
I had a miter sled, but I didn’t really like it. It was heavy and bulky and, to be honest, not really that well made. So, since I had a few pieces leftover from trimming down the reclaimed counter top for my eventual router table, I decided to make a new one! This time I went in knowing a bit more about what I wanted and how I wanted to make it. The base is construction-grade 1/2” ply. Not the best but it’s what I had. the miter guide / fence pieces are leftover trim from...
The miter gauge that comes with the Porter-Cable PCB270TS is typical in that it comes with a small protractor head to push the work piece with (there is a bit of side-to-side “slop” that needs to be adjusted out, more on that in a upcoming post). There are a couple problems with this design, and the first is safety. It’s preferable to have support for the wood as close to the blade as possible. Second is accuracy. Any movement of the workpiece will cause inaccuracies, es...
The partner and step line up nicely. I had a bit of a surprise when I discovered the mast was a bit thicker further up and would not fit through the partner. A bit of work with the block plane and all was good. There is a bit of reinforcing yet for the mast but it looks pretty good. I have the brace pieces cut, they just need to be painted and then mounted. I bored out the holes for the pintle bar. I ran into a bit of an obstacle in that I had not really factored in the bul...
80 days ago I bought this 1949 Delta cabinet saw and proceeded to take it apart. I have been helping afriend with his kitchen remodel-83 rail & stile quarter sawn white oak door and drawer panels, one 8’ & one10’ corian countertops made from 3/4” slabs, so this has been a little slower than normal. Took the 85 lbbullet type motor out and took it apart, ordered and installed new bearings. Turned the commutator onmy Delta Lathe using my Cross slide rest. K&N Ele...
Yup – I couldn’t wait. I took that little bit of purple heart and Peruvian walnut and chopped it into little tiny pieces. The center is glued. I was dry fitting the outside border. Thought I would snap a work in progress picture. I didn’t get to do much lumber-jocking this week but I did repair the dryer, sliding glass door tack and van. I’ll take my little bit of progress and be thankful. I think I’ll be able to do a little good this weekend but my woo...
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