Now that I am finally settled in to our new home near Fort Hood, Texas, the wife has allotted me a small portion of the garage to be used as my workshop. Thanks to my latest birth/anniversary day, I have also added several new tools to help the beginning process. The table saw will still have to wait. Instead I have a new circular saw, a router, orbital sander, and a few other gizmos to accessorize. Anyway, the first project I intend to get started on will be making a few clamps to assist ...
So I decided to blog on the woodworkers and writers who inspire me to “work the wood” besides the fact that it is a thing that is just “in my blood” or a legal addiction…how nice! Slant Top Desk by C.H. Becksvoort The Short List Woodworkers (in influential order)1. C.H. Becksvoort-maker of amazing Shaker Style Furniture plus great Shaker Inspired Author2. Thomas Moser-the great American Dream in real life, Thomas Moser Furniture-and a great classic book ...
I recently purchased a Snap-On KR-56 6 drawer tool chest to restore just for fun.Pictured here are the before and after pictures.. I used Electrolosis to strip it down to bare metal. I had never used that method beforeand I’m totally blown away at how efficient it is. I built the unit using Carbon Plates instead of metal.There is hardley no mess at all..Has anyone else tried Electrolosis? Anyhow here’s my pictures..
I’ve been playing with wood for quite a while, but beyond the simple power tools I’d had for a while (scrollsaw, drill, circular saw), I hadn’t really done much, although I’d wanted to. I looked at the shop which has a bunch of random (and some not-so random) power and hand tools. I have stuff I have no idea how to use, that was either given to me, or I’d gotten inexpensively. I knew how to use a bandsaw, although my blade wandered. I have a shaper that a...
At last spring! This year’s swedish winter was perhaps not the coldest or the most snowy, but it’s still just as great when spring arrives. For me it’s also about moving my projects and tools to my “Summer” workshop.As some of you know, i have two different workshops.In the winter I have my shop in a tiny basement here in my building in the city, and in the summer i move my shop into the countryside to our countryplace. In my Summer shop I have much more space...
I tried my hand at drawboring for the first time today, inspired by Peter Follansbee's hearty endorsement (skip to 10:00, and then 20:00 for the impatient). The project in question is a toolbox made from salvaged pine. I was pleased with how the mortised sides turned out, so I didn’t want to spoil the look with fasteners. Enter the drawbore: The perfect solution to cinch up those joints and make the pesky cracks disappear. As for the choice of peg material, split oak is common...
The new tool box at work. It’s not a pretty thing, but the design has a long gestation. Chris Schwarz has been promoting his conversion to hand tools for years now – and he finally documents the slow spiral in “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest”. He’s got a book, I guess I have a blog. Either way, I decided on a 24″ by 18″ by 18″ dovetailed box. The moldings and bottoms were nailed and glued on, while the top has a split piano hinge as it’s method of movement. Most of the dovetails are ...
Papaw is my Grandpa, but he is no longer on this earth. However he has left behind a part of himself in our hearts and some artifacts that I will still be able to use and enjoy! Thank you Papaw for the memories! Come join me on a treasure hunt into the deep recesses of Papaw’s toolbox! There are some unexpected discoveries that will thrill the mind and soul. I hope that you enjoy.
I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but Lowe’s has a product line called Red Toolbox. It’s a combination of kid’s tools and kid’s projects. Well, my kid saw it and wanted it. The price didn’t suck completely and I figured what the heck. Well, when he needed to finish a school book, I resorted to a tactic my folks used with me: bribery. I told him Friday that if he finished it that day, I would take him to Lowe’s to get him some of the tools (in...
For quite some time I have been contemplating a workbench that I could pack in the car, with a small set of tools, so I could do a bit of handwork during my lunch breaks. The thing that has always stopped me is the worry of wood movement due to the temperature extremes in the car. But when I think of it I don’t want to do my major projects out there, even if I just practiced joinery I think it would serve the purpose of helping to ease my stress levels. So here comes the tricky parts...
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