This ‘thing’ about getting really good light near and around the spindle on my CNC table has been a real PITA for me. I have tried various ideas from the web, and other places. Many worked reasonably well, but each had factors, shadows, etc., that I did not like. I think finally I have arrived at a very good solution that works like a champ, is easy to install, and the price is right! I have a “Kent’s” dust shoe on the base of the router (love that shoe!) but ...
I am signed up for the 2013 Hand Plane Swap. Never have used a plane so I thought I should remedy that. Stopped at a few flea markets this afternoon… First one was closed, the second was a dry run and the third was, as they say, the charm. They had two booths with hand planes! The proprietor led me here: and I immediately thought ‘Those are in too good of shape to be in my price range.’ I said as much just as her husband showed up with two more from “The Tool Man...
So as many of you know, I have this new found (well… it’s going on over a year now so its not so new) love and passion for woodworking and I am a self proclaimed wood addict. My kids would say wood hoarder…. but addict sounds better to me. LOL. I may not have every mentioned what I do for a living. I’m an office manager for a small business. I’ve had different jobs throughout my life (even been a correctional officer at a prison). But most of my life I’v...
I recently found this set of antique tools at a garage sale. They look and feel like old railroad spikes. Dad said that’s a “punch set” some of the tips a varied sized chisels while others hav combs (for lack of a better word) the combs vary in length and width. There are 25 total and I bought the entire set for $5. The elderly gentleman had an intriguing story of his grandfather plowing up a field when he was a child and the set was in an old box underground. This would ma...
In this segment I assemble the right and left legs. I go over the half-blind dovetail and also the bridal joint. Thanks for checking it out!
Sometimes you need long round parts made from wood. Prior to the 19th century, specially made wooden dowels often served where nails, screws and bolts are used today. For instance, in barn building and shipbuilding, ‘trunnels’ were used to fasten timbers together and planks to a ships ribs. Outside of lacking the strength of of metal, trunnels are not affected by electrolysis and do not rust, important considerations in ships – although of course they can eventually rot. The word ‘trunn...
Here I am trying to clean and organize my shop, told myself that I wont buy any more tools or supplies until I take a full inventory but look what followed me home today. A friend from work over heard me saying I would like to get a radial arm saw and he said that he had one that was collecting dust since his father in law passed away 6 years ago and that I could have it if I wanted it. Of coarse I’m not one to turn down a free tool, especially when its a power tool. So I followed...
So in the spirit of getting everyone in the shop and cutting up some wood I decided to post up a measured drawing of a 3/4” wooden rabbet plane in the 18th century style. It is all wood with the exception of the blade which is easily gotten from Lie-Nielsen here. It features a conical escapement and some simple embellishments that a hand plane, chisel, and #7 sweep gouge can handle. The plans are basic with a few things that can be easily changed if you like. Such as the bed angle...
Designed by Scott Shaeffer of San Juan Carpentry and fabricated by Mitchel Dillman of Colorado Rock*N Logs, this new tool is a must have for any log craftsman! In this tutorial we give you a little introduction to see it in action! Read more about the clamp by following this link: http://logfurniturehowto.com/review/the-log-clamp-review/
Every wood worker has to start somewhere. My somewhere began with the purchase of a Shop Smith and this began the evolution of my woodworking tools. My mother and father had a friend that was selling their Shop Smith multi tool system back in the mid 1990’s and I was lucky enough to purchase it. This Shop Smith is perfect for doing small projects but not big construction jobs like I was used to. I decided that buying this system gave me a reason to put my creativeness to work and begin doing ...
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