So i finally got some work done today on my box. first i started by making the bottom. because i am using thick material for the sides i wanted to add some rigidness to the box so it is a 1/2” thick poplar bottom and i did the bevel with a hand plane. rather than set up machinery or anything. then it was time to focus on the dividers. these are hard because they are very thin stock and to get them good they have to fit right. so what i did was cut them and did almost what resembl...
Starts down in the Dungeon Shop. I have a belt sander set up in a vise. And a pair of block plane irons to work over. This is how they looked when they came back from the Dungeon Shop. Backs were flat… and the makings of a decent 25 degree bevel for the edge. Next up, the first of three oil stones… A cheap, little Buck Brothers from Home depot last year. Two grits, don’t remember what they were. Gave it an oil bath, and worked both irons on both side...
I found out about Andrew Crawford via an article somewhere here at Lumerjocks. For those who don’t know, he is a master box maker. I joined his mailing list at fine-boxes.com fine-boxes.com/ and just received his newsletter with a link to his article “A Riddle in the Sand”. Very, very interesting. In the article, Mr. Crawford argues that abrasives have evolved rapidly in recent decades and should be part of the toolkit of any woodworker, not just for finishing and p...
Well yes, my twin brother got a painted egg… I had to wait until the middle of the night…I guess you’ve never seen a rabbit painting an egg on a pole lathe, but now we know they do! We just want to wish everybody:Boa Páscoa, Nice Easter, Schöne Ostern, Belle PâquesBuena Pascua, Bella Pasqua, Güzel Paskalya! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJsmFnmf3w0
<div> Click To Play </div> In this episode I talk about the 5 most used tools in my shop and why they are used so much. I talk about the saying by your last tool first and how it doesnt make any sense.
I’m letting the wood acclimate to the garage a bit and focus on other tasks around the house before we head to my wife’s class reunion. But, I did manage to make a nifty little cross-cut jig for my circular saw to prepare for trimming the 2×4s to length for when I build the top. For details and pictures, please click here. Can’t wait to get started on the top!
When my grandad was a carpenter he worked in Aras an Uachtairain (the irish presidents house), he brought this table home from there one day when he was in his 20’s because it was going to be thrown out, he did some repairs and salvaged it. But after being used for 60 years (which the first governor of ireland wrote on the table) and then being used another 40 years when my grandad got it, it was in pretty bad shape. My granny said i could do what i wanted to do with it, because she had...
I had this moment where it clicked – out of all the stupid hobbies and interests I’ve spread my attention so thin across, the one that really drives me and could be a career is definitely lutherie. I’ve always been into upgrading and repairing my own instruments, and working on friends’ gear. It’s also in my blood: That’s my paternal grandfather’s work. Unfortunately I never got to meet him as he died when my father was young. Still, just knowi...
I just wanted to give a quick update about the porter cable sander give away. So far we have had 7 comments and 17 E-mails enter the give away. I guess people are more comfortable giving there story over e-mail witch is great. We have had 24 entries total witch is great, I just wanted to remind you that you still have until May 9th to enter the drawing. All you have to do is comment or e-mail why you wood work, what do you love about working with wood. Thanks for all the entries we have been ...
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