Here’s a shot of my bookmatched sides ready to be bent: Many luthiers shape an edge on each side with a compound curve before bending. This aids fitting the back and makes it a good idea to label everything before you get started. I’ll shape this edge after bending, but want to ensure the grain is as symmetrical as possible from bass to treble sides of the finished instrument.Bending begins at the waist and I’ve marked this location approximately 14” from what wil...
Turning a plank of cherry into a wooden bowl.
For those of you who asked me for a tutorial on how to make the zig zag legless vegetable death table (cutting board), here is my best shot. I am far too impatient to take photos when I work, so I decided to illustrate the process using some good old Adobe PhotoShop. I hope you find this useful and informative. I will outline the process in 10 steps below. I have assumed that when viewing these steps that basic woodworking skills are familiar to you. If you have questions, or run into snag...
Still without a climate controlled work room, I’ll continue through the list of tasks that can be done without a dehumidifier. Next up is one of the steps that seems to mystify a lot of non-guitar types: side bending. There are many different approaches to this task ranging from hi-tech electric blankets to boiling. My method is based on conversations with luthier friends and guitar geek research. It’s also probably one of the simplest to set up without spending a ton on exp...
Oops! began as an idea about outside the box hinges. I’ve always liked the “box on stand” idea but had never tried one so that sort of fell into place and one of the first ideas I had about box decoration was a “spill” pattern. I sketched these on a bit of paper at the kitchen table one day and it was left there. Last December I restored an old ShopSmith 10 ER and had been wanting to see how good a tool it really was and what kind of precision I could achieve...
I’ve been traveling a lot for work so I haven’t been able to get into the shop much lately. So what better to do when you’re sitting in a hotel room in Altus, OK than create a couple of google sketchup videos. I’ll release them over the next week or two. Thanks for watching.
For the project I am currently working on, I required a perfect curve for the front of a desk and for two shelves. Because the top material is Melamine Faced Chipboard, I decided to strengthen this by using construction grade ply. This gave me a good practice material to get the curve right, before cutting the MFC, which is 3 times the price of ply! Although I own two routers, I have never really used them to cut. I was looking through Fine Woodworking website and came across a build off vide...
”I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.” Albert Einstein… Physicist…1879-1955 This woodworking online episode is part of the Let's Build Series Woodworking Tips and Techniques:1.) Using cyanoacrylate glue for a quick glue-up…along with a spray accelerator.2.) Turning wood using a spindle gouge with a fingernail grind. In this episode we continue with our wood project, a Koa wood veneer jewelry box. If you recall we started out this woodwor...
Episode 80 Entertainment Center Part 1 from kostas workshop on Vimeo.In this episode I start working on my saw dust chronicles build challenge entry. I start working on the panels that are going to be used for the sides and the top and bottom. After I cut all the parts to size I glue up the boards to make panels.
.So the rules say we can only post one entry and I’ve done that. But since we are in the kitchen, I’ll post this little gizmo anyway. It is another way to reduce the contents of that off cut bin! It is also real easy and quick. The only tools required are a drill, a coping saw, jigsaw or band saw, and sandpaper. So what is it exactly?..I think the photo says it all. Pardon our dirty oven. My wife has a sign on the fridge that reads: “A clean house is a sign of a wasted life!”..I first drew a ...
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