The wood shaped to the line. If you check back a few posts there were two lines. My ‘final’ line is what you see remaining. Here’s a jig I made to cut the edges to size. Does anyone see what ‘the problem’ is in this picture? Think hard… It’s a 1hp Craftsman router with a 3/8” straight bit. I call it a ‘face off’ bit, but I could be wrong? The jig part is the device holding the router steady. It’s 1/8” alu...
This segment discusses how to use a grinder. You don’t have to have a grinder to make stained glass, but it helps to make a better product. It smooths the edges and makes them square, so when the pattern is put together the pieces fit tightly together. Whereas if you don’t use a grinder the edges won’t be smooth, and there is more of a chance of gaps. If you can make decent cuts though, most gaps will be filled with solder, so it may not be a huge deal if you don’t...
Before we begin making a stained glass project I want you to take the time to practice using a glass cutting tool on inexpensive clear glass. This will help you get the feel for your cutter, and get a decent feel for how to score a piece. When scoring, listen to the cut. You can hear whether or not you are making a clean cut. Once you are good at scoring glass you will be ready to move on to the more expensive stained glass.
Tommy MacDonald has expanded the FREE content area on his website to provide more “How To” information. There are some cool projects and many helpful tips that might be of use to all of us. You can check it out at the link shown down below. Here’s the link to the HOW TO area: http://www.thomasjmacdonald.com/content/howto/ While you are there browse the rest of the site and check out some of the outstanding woodworking being done. As you probably already know, some of our fellow LJ...
I appreciate that people showed interest in this blog. I have been wanting to do something like this for quite a while, but never put an effort towards it. In this series I am going to discuss Foiled stained glass, and the methods involved in the making of a lamp. I am not a professional by any means at stained glass, so if you have any input or suggestions it’s much appreciated. I am merely a hobbyist that is self taught. Here is the first video. Sorry that I am not an actor or g...
I so enjoyed putting together this little preview of my latest video, I just HAD to share…mostly because the music is so darn catchy! I dare your toes to NOT start tapping… you’ll see… I hope you all enjoy the clip…and thanks for watching. Video>
When it comes to building boats, I guess after 30 years of it I am a professional, but as a hobby woodworker I’m pretty new. Boatbuilding has given me lots of skills and abilities with tools but the scale of projects and the individual manual skills required to make small cabinets and art furniture are totally different. I am a real beginner at this stuff and am having a ball trying to learn everything at once. I retired five and a half years ago, following which my wife and I rebuilt o...
I’m still trying to organise my clamps and keep them within reach but out of the workspace.I find it is harder than it looks. I have about thirty of fourty small clamps that I use for various projects. Until now I kept them in a box and it was not working for me that well expecially for glue ups. I whacked this together this morning: From small clamp holder.The nice thing is it hangs above me on a clamp hook and out of the way most of time except when I need them.From small clamp ...
“I will see it when I believe it.” Dr. Wayne Dyer…Motivational author and speaker (1940 – ) There are many times while in the shop working on wood projects that we find a need of various woodworking jigs and then at times we also will have a need for an assortment of saw accessories. Sometimes we need to make a shop accessory while in the middle of our project and then again there are instances when our project is actually the building of a shop accessory. In eith...
Well, thanks for all the nice replies.When he started coming here it was always in the company of a carer or the title of support worker. This was a strange set up, whenever we spoke to him he would look at the floor and wait for the carer to answer. This we soon solved, Gordon (my right hand) took the carer to one side and taught them to turn.This gave me the opportunity to work one on one. So begun the making shavings. He must have made garden dibbers and spurtle’s for everyone that he knew...
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