I have been planning a coffee table project for about a year now and it has gone through a number of design concepts. I have always wanted to build a table out of walnut and contrast is with maple accents. This is a recurring theme in my projects. I struggled with the theme and style for a long time. The intent was to be simple, but with some minor details that stand out and increase the technical aspect of the work. I also like square and simple lines with solid members. I am not a fan ...
This one is pretty self explanatory. A hold down jig that can be used for countless items. Joint one edge of pallet wood. Hold down hard to hold items to make angled cuts. Or anything else you can think of. There is a 3” x 3” grid of hold down locations offering a lot of flexibility. I actually used it to make some of its parts. For those interested in the video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SW580dHgls For those interested in the article:http://jayscustomcreations.com/201...
I dont think this really deserves the “Projects” section. I set out to build a jig to allow me to square up small hardwood scraps. It ended up being a tapering jig with a different name.
Here’s a jig I made to rip 40” long tapers that go from 3/16” at one end to 1/2” at the other. One could band saw these out and then do the finishing on a planer, but I wanted to see if I could get glue-able surfaces right from the table saw. It works well, and the surfaces are very smooth and consistent. I’m making a chair prototype with laminated curved back legs. The wood I used here is just construction lumber and it has too many flaws to really be ...
Awhile back, I was experimenting with designs for a type of lap easel for my Mom. Mom had hurt herself at work awhile back and she has difficulty doing a lot of walking. So she was looking into a hobby that she could do while stretched out or sitting on a recliner. She recently developed an interest in drawing so I thought a lap easel would be just the thing for her. Now I could have just went to the store and shelled the 20 bucks for one but, no…, I had to be a woodworker and do it ...
Well today is a short evening in the shop. Just enough time to do the front legs and get the leg assembly glued up. First I thought I’d show you a small check on one end of a board. There are obvious reasons to avoid check, but I thought I’d show you that even someone with very little hand strength can break a board if they have a check they can cheat with. Ok – back to the legs. The front legs are 19 3/4” high5 3/8” across the top2 1/8” ac...
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