Many of the tips I have read regarding starting to round a spindle on a lathe recommend starting with octagonal stock. Many of the tool handles on tools I like, have octagonal handles. So I thought I would define the simplest method I have found for making octagonal stock from square stock. Be sure you have square to begin with.Find the center of the square. Take the length from corner to center and transfer it to the side face. Set your marking gauge to that length and...
Cream Furniture Polish RecipeFurniture Preparation Oil Recipe or (Furniture Cream)Ingredients:32 oz 1.8lt Pure Turpentine (Not Turpentine Substitute or White Spirit)16 oz 908ml Boiled Linseed Oil8 oz 450g Beeswax1 oz 225g Carnauba Wax Flakes• Grate the Beeswax in a double bowl with hot water in the larger bowl (like a double boiler). Add linseed oil, stir well. Add Pure Turpentine, stir well. • There are double boilers available for wax candle making. They are expensive though and un...
This past weekend my wife was nice enough to forgo her own hobby to watch our daughter and I got about 8 hours in the garage to work. I’m desperate to get as much done on my jointer as possible because as you can see, it is completely stealing my wife’s parking spot (but it is shinier than the car!). I’m going to try and explain the processes I went through while providing before and after. Sorry the shots aren’t from a consistent angle. I didn’t really...
”Dreams are made possible if you try.” ...Terry Fox This episode is part of the Let's Build Series Woodworking Techniques: 1.) Cutting 45 degree miters using a flat board miter sled on the Table Saw.2.) Cutting dados on the Table Saw using a Sacrificial Fence.3.) Sneaking up on table saw cuts with the aid of shims. In this online video tutorial we continue the woodworking process of using an exotic wood in the construction of a jewelry box. The walls and base of thi...
When ideas come to mind, I find it imperative that I should try to work it out. The least I can do is to make a sketch or visualization of what that idea is all about, lest it goes to waste. The lowly saw horse is an example. There are many versions, from simple to complex. Some are easy to build the others require more advance skills. My version I would think is fairly easy. http://www.flickr.com/photos/edurink/sets/72157624855604149/detail/ The illustrations were done with “Wing...
So I started working on the first box tonight. I am working with 1/2” walnut that I ordered from WoodCraft. I had decided to take 1” off the front of the prototype and add 1” in width instead. Now the inside compartment can comfortably hold an iPhone or Droid. First I ripped the board to 2” wide then proceeded to cut it to 4 pieces each 6” long. Next I routed out a 1/2” dado for the dividing wall slot. After routing a dado for the box botto...
After posting my “Floor Dominoes” project, several readers expressed interest in how the dominoes were made. I wrote the following article and, with minor differences, it has now been posted on both Lumberjocks and on Rockler Woodworking’s “Buzz Saw” site...Set size: Mine is a double-nine rather than a double-six set, even though more than twice the work was involved. The additional work is because a double-six set has only 28 pieces and 168 pips, whereas a do...
I posted a few days ago the prototype design I came up with for a men’s valet station. These were to be prizes to be presented at an upcoming golf tournament in November. I asked you all for input and comments on the design and of course I can always count on you guys just for that. The feedback and suggestions were great and have allowed me to modify the design to make it even better. For those of you who have not seen my submission here is the prototype that I had you all comment o...
This episode is part of the Let's Build Series Woodworking Techniques: 1.) Slicing wood veneer on the Band Saw.2.) Laminating veneers. 3.) Using a Vacuum Press. Woodworking tools for this episode include the band saw, table saw, and the vacuum press. As woodworkers we seek to challenge ourselves as a way to improve our craft. Sometimes we take on a fine woodworking project to learn new techniques of the wood craft. As a result, this requires us to hone our current woodworking...
Paris toolbox (a Lumber Jerk in Paris)A simple tool box from recycle plywood Ok I admit I’m lucky! I found this old piece of plywood in the street.[Ohhh, yea, and also lucky to have had a patient French fiancé] And here we go home to the apartment (Martyn it’s your favorite hat…). First I cut the board in two, and mounted a pice of wood under to be able to fasten it to the new workbench.(Those of you who read my Wolfcraft 200 review, can scroll down a little). Then I painte...
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