In a long career, I’ve used all sorts of rigs to bend wood, from steam boxes, steam jennies, wood boiling rigs, rosebud torches played on wet rags and heat guns. Some time ago I built myself a propane fired steam-box for bending things like boat frames and plank ends. But it is so big and gawky it mostly just serves as merely another shelf in my garage workshop. I’m on a kick building stringed musical instruments right now, which requires bending extreme curves in thin and narr...
Hello Colleagues, In this simple project I decided to combine to simple devices into oneIt literally takes 30 min. to make this jigHere how it worksHere is a 3 min. instructional video with the jig’s dimensions:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fltq6UL8jLQ Happy Woodworking!
Here’s Part 2 of my fence building project.View on YouTube
I don’t know why I did not think to include this as a part of my blog about centerlines since it is very closely related. I will call this notion ‘The Art of Middles of Symmetries’. Simply put, all symmetrical shapes by definition have a ‘middle’, or centerline. Stating that notion as a corollary to centerlines, you might say: “All symmetrical shapes have an EXACT middle centerline.” Take advantage of this simple fact by using it when laying out ...
This is the latest video in the build of the Octave Mandolin. In this segment I’m gluing the freshly made soundboard to the quilted Maple rim. Adding the tone bars and cutting out the Apertures. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmdEjQzoCDA
Many wood workers will already know these things, but for those who do not, here are a few pointers and shortcuts about sandpaper and sanding – things I’ve learned after decades of wearing my fingerprints off. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS ‘NO SAND FINISHING’, and never let any smooth-talking paint salesperson tell you otherwise! Almost all woodworking projects need finish work. Most finishes require smoothing before the finish is applied. Normally, that means SANDING ...
Hi everyone, a few weeks ago a friend asked me these slices to use as Christmas ornaments and I took the opportunity to release the laser machine. So far I had cut the logs by freehand but this jig is very handy and works very well. Hope make more jigs for the bandsaw in the future because is very handy to save money in blades. Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/dKV1M2XVJ2s Thanks for watching and be loving!
Apparently some of the initial photos of the gaming table did not get published. I have made some adjustments and now, hopefully, these will work. I’ll explain each with less detail. The first photo below is of the table opened and the second photo is of the top closed. Again, this gaming table is exhibited in a German museum Schloss Anholt. I wanted to re-create it; so I am using the same materials, pewter, brass and faux tortoiseshell. Of course the original is not faux tortoi...
In this first issue of a series of re-creating a gaming table will begin with collecting the materials and the research on putting the project together. Below is the table housed presently in a German museum Schloss Anholt near The Netherlands/German border. There were some difficulties in getting accurate measurements and specific designs, so my wife, Ronelle, and I “had” to go over there to see and embrace the table. The curator and the staff there were very permissive in mea...
So, the idea is simple—you make one main insert that perfectly fits your table saw with the wide dovetailed slot where the small interchangeable inserts (for all your blades/dados/different angles) slide in… Here is the video of the process (3 min.): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2u1xGV1NyJg Be safe and happy woodworking! Michael Makarevich
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