A couple of LJs have done this already, but they all used a lathe. The only part of a shop made screwdriver handle that needs to be round is the “tenon” in order to fit a proper ferrule. I had the notion that a tapered plug cutter could be used, and I was right. With that obstacle conquered, and a batch of screwdriver shanks from Lee Valley Tools, I went about making my custom screwdrivers. There are pictures of each step, so that should help. I made several extra handles and t...
To cut the compound angles on the cedar 4 by 12’s I made this jig which is more of a rolling trolly.I used bed frame steel angle, and inline skate wheels. Got from Goodwill store at low cost.I cut 10 off, 7 degree wedges off the end of a one foot wide ply off-cut using my sliding miter saw. Using screws to secure the wedges while I played around with the general arrangement, at first I thought I would need two trolleys but then I realized that I could use one trolley if I centered t...
Finally!!! We get to do some upholstery!!! 45% preparation – 45% finishing 10% upholstery. You will need cotton which can be bought at an upholster supply company for about $30. Mine is 30 inches wide which is just right for upholstery. I walked over to my roll and literally tore off about a 25 inch length. I’m going to say my magic words again. This isn’t wood working. You measure precisely and cut with scissors. There is no benefit except for saving a few inches o...
Man oh man – there are tons of ways that the seat of a piece of furniture can be prepared. I just don’t have time to go into all of them. If you have questions about yours, feel free to ask. I’ll give some pretty decent details about mine though. I’ll say something else before we go too far because we are a woodworking community, They don’t make em like they used to. However, this frame is pretty good for having been constructed in the last 10 years or so. ...
I left one chair fully upholstered and I stripped one to the bone a year ago. No it doesn’t take a year ;) I just stripped it and stashed it. That means I don’t have any current pictures to show you. I’ll need to come back to this post and flesh it out later. In the meantime, I put together an incomplete blog series on home refurbers. Since we weren’t getting much readership over there, I got lazy and didn’t flesh it out like I plan on doing here. This is actu...
There is very little on these chairs that I need to sew on the body. Still, a little might be just enough of an example for some of you. The front of the chair and deck need a bit of sewing. Take a look at this rounded front edge and the old stiches. There are several ways to skin this cat. One is to take off the fabric, undo the stitches then trace the cutouts onto you new fabric. I have to do that sometimes. Let’s get a little adventurous. Since I have a pattern with a center...
We have all of the body measurements. It’s a good time to pull out the scissors. Here is what you may need. Cutting list, Chalk, pen, Yardstick of straight edge, measuring tape and in most cases a carpenter square. I bought a carpenter square at a sewing supply company for $20 once. I bought the one you see for $9.00. It is far better than the one I bought at the sewing supply store. Live and learn. Here we go – let’s hurry up and pause. Before marking my cut...
So what is the big Deal about upholstery fabric. What do I need to know? Is there a top, left side, right side and bottom. Is it stretchy, is it velvet, is it thin, is it thick, is it heavy, is it slippery, is it clothing fabric, is it drapery fabric, is it upholstery fabric, is it, is it and is it? In this part of the blog, I’ll answer some of those questions. I’ll focus a lot on the fabric I selected. And then I’ll just answer your questions as they come up like –...
Oh, my goodness! The last several days have been FULL! The past several days I have put in at least 14-16 hours per day working on my new patterns and packets. Sometime around 9pm last night, I finally finished creating the two packets for the ballerina projects (one packet for painting them and the other for the woodworkers to scroll them out). As much work as it was, it was still enjoyable and I am pleased with the final results. I am eager to get them posted on the site and see how others...
Here’s the design process of my latest project in sketchup. It’s a drill press table with a locking adjustable fence, 4 drawers, and a removable sacrificial insert plate. Project video and free plans soon. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjK9cInrbJU
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