It seems like the arched form needs to be lifted off the table by some amount. I’m not sure by how much. My technique in situations like this is choose from a range. Start with too little and keep adding until it seems like too much. Somehwere in between “too little” and “too much” there should be a “just right” or at least a “close enough”!In this case I start adding spacers underneath each end. Here is the range of heights. The wi...
AGAIN I HAVE COME HERE TO WISH YOU ONE AND ALL A GREAT HOLIDAY SEASON. I’M NOT WORKING WOOD MUCH MOSTLY JUST LEATHER. NOT EVEN ENTERTAINING MUCH. NOW HERE IS THE BIG TIP; IF YOU PULL UP CRAIGS LIST FOR BOISE, IDAHO, YOU WILL SEE IN THE “TOOLS” SECTION A FAMOUS JOINTER THAT IS 12 INCHES WIDE!!!!! THAT’S RIGHT, 12 INCHES. AND IT’S FOR SALE!!! IF YOU’VE EVER HAD DREAMS ABOUT JOINTERS THAT LOOK LIKE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS, HERE’S YOUR CHANCE TO OWN ONE. i B...
I recently purchased a used Jet six inch cabinet jointer. The last time I used a jointer was decades ago in high school shop class. I don’t know if I have just forgotten, or if I was never taught the proper operation of the jointer. What I do remember, is coming out of high school thinking it was exclusively used for flattening the edge of a board, not also the face. Through investigation, and experimentation, I have come to some ideas on how the jointer is to be set up and used. The...
I have been thinking about what William wrote on getting overwhelmed with all the projects for the season. About October I start thinking about what I’m going to make and who I’m going to make it for. Then the anticipated weekend that I get started. Everything goes great and by the end of that weekend I’m thinking that if I can keep up this pace I’ll be in good shape and have all that I wanted to make done in good time. I don’t know if I mentioned that I ...
A Mastery student of mine came through town to visit. Over 10 years ago he studied with me and he’s building still. Not as much as he’d like but it’s a tough game this woodworking world. Not everyone understands how much time it takes and how much skill. Nor do most people appreciate how long it takes to develop that skill. This isn’t a new hobby for folks that they get good at in a couple of weekends. It takes work. It takes dedication, commitment, practice. I have always found it interes...
I’ve been laid up with a herniated disc for the last couple months and haven’t done much of anything. Time to start an easy project with light materials, so I’m screening in the porch under our deck. The deck material is 99% watertight and designed for this purpose. All the lumber is either pressure treated or cedar. All new components are getting stained with a 20 year waterproof solid color stain on all six sides because I’m only doing this once. Some observations...
I am one of these people that I just want something to work, I don’t care how the jig looks as long as if it functions they way I want it to, and works well and to make what I am making look good. I work out of a small basement, (still has the uneven dirt floor) and working round house piles, so space is at a premium. For a while I never even had a router, and once I got one I had to work out the best way for to set it up. No room really for a table… While I was thinking about ...
This october on pbs a new woodworking show will be coming out. With norm gone now, and the internet taking woodworking by storm I am querious to see the quality of tommys new show. Im sure it will be great. To read the full story and get all the latest details that pbs posted today Click Here
Today i made a video of me just showing you some of the projects I’ve made, I hope you like it!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfcqVyGRLU0
El cheapo mortising chisel #1: Cheap $2 prying tool from bargain bin at hardware store into mortising chisel
I needed a mortising chisel, but got sticker shock when pricing them. Old ‘pigsticker’ things on e-bay were going for $30 or so not including shipping, and new mortising chisels were nearly $50! I had a $2 bargain bin pry bar from the hardware store with a square shank. I cut off the business end at an angle. A bit of grinding, and few strokes on a fairly course stone and viola! I was pleasantly surprised on how serviceable the steel is. I don’t think the steel would...
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