I know that most of us covet that next slick power tool. I’m like that too. But I’ve also come to appreciate hand planes for their ability to make quick work of tasks that can’t be done easily by machine. In this video we take a look at five types of hand planes that are commonly found in wood shops. By the way, if you’re a regular WoodTreks viewer, you know that usually I’m behind the camera, featuring some of America’s top artisans. But to mix things...
hey everyone, welcome to this episode of the teen age woodworker. in this episode i talk a bit about coloring in sapwood (duh) which is a great skill to have especially in todays world where sapwood is not considered a defect in most woods. i also did a write up on the whole thing over at my new blog with Aaron Molley. also if you want to order Charles Neil’s finishing A – Z Beyond the books dvds or any other of his dvds you can do that on his web site. they are great videos ...
The bow front vanity that I just posted has an upper portion with tall glass doors on each side with a curved bonnett going between them. I’ve been making the parts for the doors for a couple of days or so now. Finally getting started putting some of the muttins together. Sorry I’m going to blog how I go about this, it would be kinda tuff to explain I think. There is a lot to it. I just thought I would share some pictures of some of it with you all. There will be two doors lik...
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...
I was asked by a fellow Lumberjocker to further detail the process of bent lamination. I am sure that there are many of you FAR more qualified to document this then I but in the spirit of sharing knowledge and to honor a request I have blogged this process in a more indepth manor. Please note that I have included pictures from two separate projects. I start by building forms from MDF. I prefer to use light weight MDF if you can find it but the standard stuff works well too albeit alot h...
I just stumbled on to this site, it has some beautiful ideas for turning. Have a look. http://acmewoodturning.com/index.html
hey everyone, just got a commission from the club that i am in for school to build a money box for when we have bake sales and other various sales. I am planning on making it out of Jatoba because thats what i have around right now. i am planning on dying it up and everything too. so first i started by milling the lumber down to a little under 3/8” and a little over 5/16ths. i am using such thin material so i could get as much lumber out of my lumber. i resawed the rough boards on ...
For the cabinets, I wanted movable shelves. I was told that the Euro style round pins “looked tacky”, and I didn’t want to run tracks, but I’d run across a note by Charles Wilson suggesting the use of Dominos for shelf pins, and that seemed like a great idea. I cut a strip of wood the width of the spacing I wanted, cut it in half, put a lip on each one so that I could place it on the edge of my carcase sides and it’d protrude over at 90 degrees. Then it was j...
The size doesn’t really mater, they just have to all be the same AND they have to match up with the triangle and any pieces of another size you may use along with them. The reason I go with .734 or 47/64” is some of the boards I was getting were just under ¾”. I cut the strips off the edge of a board and from those strips, I cut my pieces, so I want to be able to then get the strip to the right width, and if it starts out to narrow, I can’t. Now when I use the half size pieces with the re...
Many of you probably cut dovetails with power tools & jigs —and so do I. But for some projects, I really prefer cutting them by hand and I never tire of learning how to do it better. That’s what took me on one of my recent video “treks” (journeys), where I filmed the segment I’ve posted here — this time to the shop of master cabinetmaker Craig Vandall Stevens. In this two-part series, Craig (who studied under James Krenov) uses only a saw, chisel, and several sh...
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