Looks as if I can’t make furniture like the rest of you folks… I’m forever stuck making instruments… This guitar took me two years to make partly because I started from scratch. No molds or jigs so I had to make them. I got the bug to try an archtop because 1. play guitar, 2. always wanted one, 3. it costs a lot less to just go out an buy one ready made. Here’s the process beginning to the end. Layout Transfer to wood blank At...
I am taking today to do some editing. Long past due. I figured I would start with a couple of short ones from the Doc’s Little Docs series of quick tips. Not much to say except I hope you enjoy them. Now, back to editing. View on YouTube View on YouTube
I get asked quite often for a shop tour video and here it is! Sorry for the shaky camera. After all, I am a woodworker, not a camera man! As always, I welcome your questions and comments! To keep up with what I’ve got going on in the shop, follow me on Instagram. Instagram – https://instagram.com/guyswoodshop/ You Tube Link – https://youtu.be/C7L0TJw0lVw
Ever had a spray glue nozzle glued shut? Well I have and now I guess most of you are asking why I didn’t turn the can upside down and empty the nozzle when i was finished with the glue up. Good question. Only answer that I have is that I just didn’t. End result is that I have half a can of expensive glue that wouldn’t spray out. I tried all of the usual methods that came to mind. A small wire to ream it out, compressed air, cursing and throwing a few things. End result was t...
Accurate, clean marks are critical to any fine woodworking project. For years my marking tool arsenal consisted of a tape measure and a pencil, sometimes sharp (maybe). To mark the center of a board edge was hit or miss—mostly miss! As my quality progressed, so did my need for accurate ways to mark. How can you cut it or drill it right if you don’t start with a proper starting point. For the last few years I have been on the look-out for anything that would help achieve that. Not ...
I don’t know why this video didn’t embed properly. I did it the same way I always have, but this time I got a black square. If you know why then please let me know! At least the YouTube link works. Here is the photo, but you will have to click on the link below the black box to see the video: Photo is not the video, click on link below black box to see video. View on YouTube ANYWAY… I inlaid decorative black stars in my slab coffee table. This is one of thos...
I needed a steam box to steam bend a walnut handle. The last time I, steam bent a handle I just threw it in a contractor bag and pumped it full of steam. This worked OK but by the end of the steaming process the bag had started to melt and it turned into a bit of a mess. This time I decided to build a proper steam box, but lost interest because I hate shop projects, I’d rather be building furniture. Instead, I built a down and dirty steam box. If you would like the deep down detai...
Today it occurred to me while working in my shop, I have used a little trick for decades which is handy, saves money, is neat and tidy, and costs almost nothing. I didn’t think to pass this on before. To make up for that, here it is now: Using paint or varnish out of a can is always kind of a messy operation. This is not an issue if you are going to use the whole can of paint, but if you only want part of it for a smaller project, it is. You pour paint out of a can into another conta...
Often some of the handiest ideas are so simple we all think—why didn’t I think of that! A while back I ordered a set of these “Quick Corners” from Woodcraft. http://www.woodcraft.com/product/124220/quick-corner-four-pack.aspx I have found them very useful several times, In the past, like most of you I was looking all over the shop for something with the right radius to mark a rounded corner. Usually it was a can of putty, or maybe a paint can or anything round. Thes...
[Below] Ever have one miter that doesn’t quite close? Here’s a trick I got from somewhere at some time. [Below] Dab some wood glue on the open miter and work it in to the joint. Wipe off any excess, but don’t use water. [Below] Go over the joint with your sander. A random orbit sander works best. The saw dust from the sanding fills the joint. Note: this won’t work on wide gaps unless you’re painting the piece.
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