When i spent time with my dad in his woodshop I often heard him complain that he “couldn’t see” what he was working on. I still have the floor lamp he put together from this and that to light his work area. As he got older, the bulb got stronger. Following in his foot steps, mt shop in Milwaukee and once moved here in Michigan are well lighted. There are seventeen flourescent fixtures overhead in the work area. Some are single tube, some are 2 tube squeezed between th...
The drill press is a terrific tool in the woodworking shop especially when it has a drill press table that conveniently clamps the work, provides a fence for repeatable and accurate cuts, and also offers a safer working environment. The drill press was originally set up for metal working and most tables that come with the drill press are small metal tables. As a result, the metal tables can be rather awkward for use in the woodworking shop. A better solution for the woodworker is to buy...
Resawing lumber bandsaw JIG – HOW TO MAKEOr your own little mill, if you find a nice peace of wood in the forest! I visited a friend the other day, and in his firewood pile I found these nice pieces of wood, and could see a little box, a new handle for some chisels, a mallet and God knows…So yes a new jig was needed… Or perhaps wanted – and since I love making them, here we go: First a plywood sled that fits your bandsaw size.Route some T-tracks (or buy s...
howdy folks ,got some inquiries about some cabinet work i do .so here is a sampling of that . first off , let me say i have NOTHING to do with them , i am just a satisfied customer , http://www.cabparts.com/ i have used their CNC precut and ready to assemble cabinets for 15 years now , and thought you might like to hear about them , and see what it is all about . you do have to buy a catalog , mine cost $40 15 years ago , i don’t know what the deal is now , as they have R...
First let me say that I think it is awful nice of Martin to give away the shirts he’s handing out.I am one of those who never win’s anything but, in this case, if I happen to win one and a1Jim doesn’t then I want mine to go to him. I really thought he would get one in the first ten that went out for the 100 most active LumberJocks.( before you say it, I know, it is a random drawing and I don’t mean to sound like I don’t appreciate what Martin is doing, because I ...
One of the beautiful aspects of woodworking is that there are so many facets to the craft. Marquetry is one of these woodworking crafts that requires just basic woodworking tools and is well with the reach for all of us. The primary shop tools used for this wood project are the scroll saw, table saw, and the band saw. The hardwoods selected for this project came from a number of wood species that were in the scrap bin. Selected woods for this woodworking project include hickory, maple,...
Coping with Crown I was killing some time watching some videos at YouTube the other day and came across a bunch of videos about “How to install Crown Molding”, I felt many missed the mark. Crown molding has gotten a reputation of being difficult to install and I admit I have seen plenty of poorly installed crown, but with just a little bit of understanding and guidance almost anyone can do an admirable job. Part of the problem is just figuring out how to cut the molding. That topic will be ...
this is just double edged for me ,i am working as hard as i can to catch the rain ,and i am getting rained out every evening ,when i could be getting more done .today i had an important video call ,then when it cooled off enough to work outside ,and i was just ready to work on the gutters some more ,the rains came again , this time for longer ,and stronger than in recent days past .we left off where i had gotten the tank out of the hole it was in , http://lumberjocks.com/patron/blog/16857 ...
Once the banding segments are organized we can now focus on creating the interior design. We’ll need a few outer rippings that will sandwich the segments together and keep them in alignment. You’ll notice in the picture that the outer hardwoods are walnut and maple glued together. In this case the walnut will be on the inside with the maple on the outside. The reason for this is to create contrasting colors within the banding and also with the mahogany picture frames that will...
The Glue Dance Day 1Everything is all ready for glue up. This is always much more fun with a friend, but I have my Lab who provides my much needed supervision. So here is all of the stock Ive got, and remember it was free so my “Kitchen Sink” bench top will be mostly cherry, with a little maple and walnut for added flavor.I used every clamp I could find that of course was big enough. My battens were 2×4 wrapped in wax paper to keep everything as flatt as possible Day 2-I was...
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