since my last blogi spent some time up in colorado again working with my bud daniel on his sauna room the weather here has been on and off like for many this winterso not as fast as i would have liked itbut this monday i made the last of 19 trussesand took the ‘drawing board/truss jig’ downthen as it was cold and windy i took a nap instead at dawn today i went out bundledand raised more trusses i had to stack both ends as there just wasn’t enough room for thatthis s...
Okay, so I found the William Ng version of this video first, then I found the WoodWhisperer version. William Ng is smarter than me, so I could not understand him, but WoodWhisperer made William’s method much more understandable for me, so here’s the link to the video. I know you old hands know all about this, but I’m so green that the basics still get me excited. Go to time marker 21.45 to see the method https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uE9f4bp_wm8&list=PLLPBqw5g...
I recently posted a picture frame project that I built for charity, and I included a photo of the cove jig that I used to create the profile on the frame. Since I got some questions about the jig, I decided to shoot a quick video that covers the jig in more detail. Honestly, Marc “The Wood Whisperer” Spagnuolo has an excellent video that covers the basics on these jigs, and it’s where I got the design from. In my video, I just go through my jig and how I use it. I find...
Been working on a number of bottle openers and decided to try a lacquer finish on them as it should hold up a bit better. Problem was how to apply the finish on a round thing. Here is the simple solution I came up with. Basic piece of scrap wood (actually game that did not work out) 3/8” bolts and nuts. It worked worked well. I have 5 new bottle openers already dried with lacquer and the epoxy is now curing on them. Looking forward to delivering these to the gift shop ...
If you’re new to woodworking, or just thinking of starting, then welcome to a world of deep creative satisfaction, personal discovery and the meditative bliss that comes with the sound of a finely tuned hand plane schicking across a piece of finely figured wood. That, and utter frustration, sawdust, splinters, obsession and alienation from polite society. It’s been just a few months since I set out on the same path. I just wanted to build some bookshelves. And today… well...
Thought I’d post a few pics of the latest incarnation of ZCI that I made for my Craftsman 113 series table saw. These saws are a little frustrating for someone looking to make his own ZCIs, since it is necessary to rabbet a very thin lip (3/32”) around the outside of the insert for it to rest flush against the table. This is in contrast to most saws nowadays, which use inserts that are simply like extrusions of a basic 2-D shape, easily duplicated with a straight router bit and gu...
A while ago I put up a project where I made some straight wooden track, compatible with Brio and Learning Curve (Thomas) track. Since then, I have kept in the back of my mind how I might easily and cheaply make curved track, switches, and more easily form the male and female ends (without buying expensive, specialized router bits.) I believe I have found the answer. A pin router jig. I first learned about these from a video by Jim Steinbrecher, and later by a much clearer and concise ...
One of my staples for sale at craft shows is slotted coin displays.They are fairly simple to make and I try to make them in batches so I have inventory without setting up too often to make them.All of them so far have been made from dunnage used to ship steel radio transmission towers from India to the US. Where we would use pine 2×4’s to brace freight this particular company used an assortment of mid/far east woods. From what I can see and surmise it is the off-cuts from the India...
Yes something else involving filing cabinets.I have an old Craftsman RAS that I can’t even sell for $75 on Craigslist, so I keep it for cutting dados for card and phone holders. It has the standard spayed leg stand where I kept a couple of empty tool boxes, but not really anything else. I got two 2-drawer cabinets a few weeks ago for $5 each, about half what I’m willing to pay for good ones.As they were a matched pair I had the opportunity to join them together to make a base f...
I got a Ridgid 3550 table saw a few years ago off Craig’s List.I like the saw, but I’ve wanted to do an outfeed table.Since the saw is on rollers I couldn’t go with anything too big.Also the saw is shoe-horned into it’s storage spot in the garage, so size was a consideration. And I wanted the fold-down to cover the motor to stop me from snagging on things rolling it in and out of the shop. I also wanted to use just materials I already had on hand (read scraps and cu...
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