The idea of having a First Aid Station was not at the forefront of my thinking when I began assembling a woodworking shop. However, when I stumbled upon some good information over at the Wood Whisper regarding this I quickly realized the extreme importance of it and created what I hope & feel is a good mix of what should prove to be beneficial in the wood shop if and/or when it may be needed. The basket sits at about eye level with the telephone right underneath and a first aid ch...
In this video, I build a boot jack to help with getting those mud boots off! http://youtu.be/onEJrdQw1o4
Marquetry……a gaming table of pewter, brass and faux tortoiseshell…….various techniques #2: Marquetry using metals and update of the gaming table project
Just completed and placed an instructional video on YouTube. It is on making packets of metal for cutting. You can search YouTube for Marquetry Using Metals to see it. The making of packets of metal sheets is very similar to those of wood veneers; however, there are a few precautions and alterations that make it important to differentiate. The video layers pewter, brass and faux tortoiseshell——-all about 22Ga. thick. I also submitted an article on this subject but in more det...
To be honest, I’m not a big fan of miter joints. They just aren’t that strong and they can be fussy. However they’re good design option….like on the corners of a blanket chest. To strengthen them, I like using a spline. A spline looks kinda cool and will help alignment during glueup. Now some woodworkers might be able to get a two foot long spline to fit perfectly and look great on the exposed ends….but they’re better than me. So I cheat. Here’s ho...
I was asked by a local photography studio if I could make props for baby photos. Apparently this is quite popular, to pose babies with different props. I did some searches and was given some websites to look at for inspiration. The moon prop was made from 1/2” thick MDF with twelve 7” long pine slats. This is how I cut each moon. I had a piece of MDF that was 24” x 48” which I used to cut both moon pieces (one for each side). I cut a larger circle using my ro...
Yesterday I completed the combination pallete and wet canvase holder. It is constucted out of birch plywood with oak inserts for holding the wet canvases. The pallete is finished with two coats of BLO. It is shown out of the box with an inserted canvase and inside the box with the pallete in view. I trimmed the drawers with walnut and put two coats of Danish oil on the box. I’ll let the oil dry for three or four days and then finish with satin wipe on polyurethane. ...
Ok, here’s how I make mortise and tenon joints with a dado blade and mortising machine. Even with my zeal for hand tools, I can’t get away from this method. It’s just so darn efficient and consistent in results.Also I kinda had LJcamps764 in mind, since he recently scored a mortising machine off CL. That’s a good place to find the little benchtop versions. I can’t imagine making chairs or anything with a lot of M&T joints without one. Here goes. Usually one would make the mortises firs...
Alrighty folks, I try to ‘splain my wood drawer slide process. First, find a hardwood in your rack that would be good for the slides. I used some 5/4 red oak in this case. Then, make a jig that will fit that stock snugly. Make the jig so the groove is centered on the drawer side, so it will work on both sides of the drawer. For the jig I use scrap plywood, brads, and a tablesaw for the jig. Takes a couple minutes: After you have your grooves in you drawer sides, find some stock to make ...
Solid bookmatched panels. They seem simple, but there are techniques to getting great looking panels. On a piece like this blanket chest I working on, I start with the panels. They get the choice cuts, and I want to have some flexibility on the project dimensions depending on how the panels are turning out. With QS material, I like to find medullary rays like this. For something like knotty alder, I would strategically place the knots…etc. When cut and bookmatched QS can have ...
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