While planning my first veneer marquetry experience I was a little worried about using hot hide glue to fasten the marquetry to the box sides of my project. I worried that the glue would cool too quickly before I could get it into the veneer press. I had read an article here about making your own liquid hide glue that could be used at room temperature and which had a very long open time. Realizing that this would eliminate any risk of the glue setting up too quickly before pressing I decid...
Well, after two power outages that caused the loss of the last two attempts, I think I’ve got this “save” thing down. We left off last time with a admonition to make a detailed plan of the proposed final project for which the board we are about to make will be used. The next step is to select the lumber with which to make the board. This is a major step. First the species is to be determined. MDF is out! As is plywood. Rose wood is nice and so is bird’s eye maple...
My Craftsman lathe would not change speeds so I had to stop and fix it today and I’d thought I’d share the process in case someone else has this problem. This is my second Craftsman 15×38 wood lathe and they both have had this problem. This time the the lathe would not slow down. When I tried to crank it down, it just lost drive power. It has a Reeves Drive in it with an upper and lower sheave. The lower one is opened and closed with a crank and lever inside and the top sheav...
Hello ,during the school year i created and made a box joint jig work. The downfall being it used a deepthroated bar clams as its mirco adjust clamping the jig fence to my miter gauge. Now im bulding a tool box and need do to a finger jointed side , i have no clamps large enough and have seen no clamps large enough to accomdate in the same fashion , the panel is 11×14x1/2”. the 14 inch width is the one recieving 1/4” finger joints. Anyway im looking for any help or ideas on h...
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 have enjoyed lathe work for years. And, for some reason, getting completely covered with saw dust was a woodworking badge of honor. Not to mention the look of horror on my wife’s face when I tried to get back into the house. Then, I ruined the whole gig:. I aimed a small fan on a low setting at my lathe project. Shavings and dust are blown down range away from me, pile up neatly, and are easily vacuumed up. The same dumb trick probably works with other messy operations ...
Now that I’m getting into marquetry I will have to have something to glue it to. Furniture isn’t an option for me because I wouldn’t know what to do with it and it would take way too much time away from my marquetry work. My plan is therefore to continue making small things that don’t overtax me physically or economically and which are more fun to build in my small shop and which are good gift items. There are lots of options such as; boxes, lamps, picture frames, ...
I make a wall shelf for my sons room out of pieces from an old bunk bed. Fun project and satisfying to re use material. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byAL3nPUvFQ&list=UUoiFVDvzJX8tXXF5GsUPc_Q&feature=share
At the risk of getting skinned alive these are my thoughts on hand plane tuning and sharpening for newcomers to woodworking who would like to try using hand planes.This blog is intended to steer you in the right direction, not to teach you the how to do it. This is a shot of almost all the hand planes I own. I mostly use the #4 smoother now, but I started with the Stanley #5 Jack plane (at the far left on top) and and my little Stanley block plane. These two planes were the only hand plane...
First blog entry! ENDS TODAY (6/30) I seem to come across some pretty stellar deals in my woodworking tool obsession and I though I would share my good finds with my fellow Lumberjocks. Mostly the deals will be from Lowes, Home Depot and Woodcraft. SO the find I wanted to share was IRWIN 12-in Bar Clamp! Lowes has been running them buy one get one free- but this week they are simply HALF OFF. ($10) A good find and while you are there picking some up- look around for Bessey clamps....
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