Part of every workshop success is being organized and having templates on hand to trace and cut out, my shop is no different, for the longest time I kept my templates stuffed in a box, as of lately I have been getting request for shelves, rather than dig out these templates I created the “I SEE IT BOARD” this way a person can see the options that are available, it will be easier for me as well because I will be able to grab what I need and when I am done I can easily put it back ...
Being a woodworker without a brick and mortar studio to sell my junk I have to rely on portraying my goods on-line and that requires acceptable photos. I do sell my furnishings in local art galleries, but they take a big commission and don’t have a high turnover. I have sold through www.custommade.com for years and done very well, now I have gotten the all important word of mouth and don’t need to go looking for work anymore which is great, but I still need good pictures of my wo...
Sometimes in woodworking you need a shape that just won’t work because of short grain issues, stock availability, design concerns etc. It comes to a choice of steam bending or bent lamination. When choosing bent lamination there are some concerns to consider. The First consideration is the form you wish to use to use for the glue-up process. I normally hate MDF with a passion, but for this application it works well. I have used cdx and a/c plywood, solid wood, and phenolic plastic t...
Adjustable Bench Hook Bench hooks are a very nice addition to a workbench. Sometimes for carving a small piece, a bench hook can be a bit too deep. Using a woodtek router bit (bit #942858I 14” shank) had for making jigs I routed two slots in a bench hook and drilled some holes for the hardware to slip in. I had thought about using a T-track inlayed in the hook for the adjustment, but I thought ...
Hello; I had to Explain this to my wife the other day, then I realized I’ve never heard of anyone talking about this on the forums. In a nutshell; Don’t throw out your broken drill bits. Especially the smaller ones. Why? Have you ever made your own marking gauges? What are you using for the pin or cutter? A nail will work….. but a sharpened bit of drill rod will work better! My wood lathe copy device came with a crappy (soft) cutter. Which just happened to be sh...
Hello Everyone,Just uploaded the last video for the Krenov cabinet on stand build. This build was a lot of fun and had a lot of firsts for me. All in all I think it turned out very good. Here is a link to the video. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQEr3xm4llk
just sort of a progress report I am making 2 stools for Rittenhouse Needlepoint.one is tots rectilinear walnut. dullthe other is more interestingthey wanted pale or white wood “like pine” and a square cabriole leg. Obviously pine would not do, but I have this nice white beech on hand… I’ll post these under the finished projects when I get them done. If any of you are leary about making a cabriole leg like this, let me tell you, it’s dead simple...
Had a lot of fun producing my video on the setup of my first Japanese plane (‘Kanna’). It’s tempting to leave the entire process in, and much easier too, but for the sake of viewer sanity I cut out periods of sole and bed scraping, and blade lapping, etc. just leaving enough to show the methods. It still runs to twenty minutes, but hopefully anyone interested will stick with it to see the results! I can’t figure out how to embed it here on the page, but you can w...
I completed work on the jointer today and got it running. I had the camera rolling as I did it and got that all packaged up and loaded. I hope you like the conclusion of this small series on my jointer. It takes a lot of time to make them, but it is fun time. I am enjoying this combination of hobbies. Thanks for watching! https://youtu.be/i4-7iqLnnxY
Wedges are very useful to have around. If you are using wedged tenon joinery they are a must. You can use them to fill a bad dovetail joint, hold an un-level chair from rocking while you mark out the leg to be cut, repair a bad tenon etc. When I make my wedges I try to make them is a mass scale so I don’t have to worry about running out in the middle of a glue up. I have had that happen, where I had to stop in the middle of a glue up and make a wedge, very annoying. So here are some pic...
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