I was talking about sanding mops and other things and only referenced that I’d polished things with it. On all these pieces my finishing regime is the same: 1. Sanded to 320 grit. I don’t have anything finer that I care to use on a piece that’s going to be polished, and I’ve found that 320 grit seems to be perfect for getting a smooth finish. (Side note: I’ve polished some unsanded surfaces. It doesn’t smooth them, but it will polish the high spots. )...
There are many more ways to create postcards now because of the computer and easy to use graphic software. Most inkjet printers will do a great job with postcards, and you can purchase blank cards inexpensively, the problem is the high cost of ink. I suggest making a few with your printer to get an idea of the per card cost. If it does work out too high, you can create an original and take it to a quick print shop to have a quantity of them made. You may be able to go to one of those self pri...
No, don’t die but for goodness sake get some good lighting in your shop. Until recently, I was working on four 75 watt bulbs. It was a little annoying and gave me a bit of eye strain but it was workable. I basically didn’t know what I was missing. My shop is undergoing quite a bit of renovating, being transformed from an unheated two car detached garage with open stud walls to something more comfortable. By comfortable I mean isn’t -20 degrees in the winter. I figured...
The Nets are done and I’m really pleased with how they came out, this being my first attempt at steam bending or building my own net frames. Two of them will make nice gifts for my Dad and my Brother. Net#1: Walnut and Alder Hoop with a Walnut Handle. The inside diameter of the hoop is 9”x14” with an overall length of 21.5”. One of my hand made fly fishing lanyards is on the table behind the net. I fish with a lanyard to hold my fly fishing tools rather tha...
This will definitely be a work in progress and will take a while so bear with me. This is all very alien to me. In this blog? I will endeavour to show some jigs I have built to cut and sand perfect circles. Tool of Choice Is the Bandsaw. While circles can be cut with a router and trammel I find the bandsaw is far quicker. the Jig Is basically an extention table with a sliding dovetail dohicky for adjusting the different radii for larger or smaller circles. I will be making some La...
Here is a quick over view of the table saw crosscut sled I built for the new table saw top.
Just a quick update to let you know where I’m at. Rough sanding is done and so are most repairs and modifications. Some finer sanding and a back for the top then it’s painting time. I also wanted to share the modification I did to the “roll up door”. Here is a pic of the original track. This setup seemed kind of chincy. The door rolled up upon itself which, to me, seemed like it could lead to binding. Not only that, I was afraid the slats would rub t...
This weeks Project is a great little Photo Carousel / Candy Dish It is made using Mahogany and Maple it displays 4 photos and holds a lot of candy inside..lol. A great weekend project and a project that would make the perfect holiday gift or a great gift for any occasion. And Congratulations Eric Rusch AKA Woodwrecker for winning the WWGOA DVD!
Adjustable Height Rolling Outfeed Cabinet #1: Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
But the past I am condemned to repeat is the creation of a new design that I have never done before, am not certain of the existence or availability of key materials and hardware, and possess the barest notion of what it is I want the thing to do. Welcome to my world. I knew I wanted a sturdy outfeed table atop a cabinet that would provide much needed storage in my small shop and would provide another work surface. If that were the extent of my desires I’d have whipped it out in n...
The hardest challenge in this series is to make the WOODEN HINGE for a cylinder side. The difficulty of the curve fitting and the alignment of the pin to cater the correct pivot. LID PART . The lid being the one that is on top will take the whole arc that will be close to the outermost part and length will just be enough to hold the post on each end. This must be tangent to the circumference and must be at right angle (at first only so as to route the slot that will hold the pin). You ...
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