Tired of coffee table videos yet? I took a break from editing it and put this one together. Yes, a complete build in one video! My niece needed a key and mail organiser for her new home. View on YouTube
Wood has three dimensions and the table saw cuts both X (length) and Y (width) The Z (thickness) axis needs a lunch box planer. The table saw has the Incra rip fence and miter gauge so X and Y are covered. Z however needed some help getting the same accuracy as the saw. One of the benifits of digital gauges is that I can see the reading without squinting or having to bend down. I have a digital height gauge to set the saw height and set the router bits consistently. Repeatability is...
So I was given what was basically an old chunk of walnut firewood by a friend, as well as some random scrap pieces of milled walnut (among other useful things as well). I decided one day to roughly slab the big chunk when I was already doing the same with a cedar log for another project. It looked amazing when I opened it up, so I continued with the process. I started by using my router sled on one side of both slabs (2 pieces is about all the big chunk yielded). Then sent both thru the plane...
This is an overview post of how I went about building this box. You can read a more indepth article on my blog Building a box from scrap wood and upcycled bamboo Or watch it be built on Youtube To start I gather up all the small cut offs of 8/4 wood I could find to make the legs. Ripped them to approximate length on my band saw and jointed them square. Cut to length at the table saw using a stop on the miter gauge For a quick and easy joint between the legs and sides I used the...
Well I finally decided to complete my “finishing” of this box, flock it, and to add hardware. I chose to final finish polishing with Johnson’s Paste Wax (JPW) which comes out with a satiny semi-gloss sheen. Here are my last steps on this project. I really learned a lot from finishing this box. Too glossy brings out every single flaw and amplifies it/them, making things look worse rather than better. Too much effort IMO. Semi-gloss seems to “ask” to be touche...
Thought I’d try making a small “finished” box for my watches. Had some walnut and maple and thought they would make a smart looking combination for this. I re-sawed the walnut to create book matched side panels. After I found one of the boards had some stress in it and bowed a little. That didn’t make me happy. So I cut the side pieces to rough size and then wet the side that was causing the bow. I then clamped them in my bench vise for about an hour. Low and ...
This is to blog a build of a pool cue case, requested by a friend who donated a chunk of old-old American black walnut, supposedly from a 150-year old barn in Oklahoma. Wood was 8/4 about 90”x10” and twisted, bowed, cupped, but we thought maybe salvageable for the cue case. Part 1 of this is the initial milling of the blank just to see if enough material will be left after resaw to 3/8”. Chunk 1 ready for truing up in the planer (no jointer here). Had to cut the orig...
I started this a few weeks ago so I thought maybe it’s time to share the progress with my fellow model makers.Most of the wood is American Cherry and Walnut. I have added a few small pieces on New Zealand Swamp Kauri.All the dark colored dowel’s were made by me (see my blog on making dowel’s with a router). Hopefully I will get a bit more done before Christmas. Speaking of Christmas I would like to wish all my fellow timber ...
This is the 9th layer being clamped. The larger this piece grows (with layers), it requires more clamps. This process is not difficult but takes more time than the normal segmented ring glue ups that I have done in the past.
Ready to choose finish Here are my options in stock: Wipe-on Varnish (MW Tung Oil Finish) Epoxy—West Systems w/#207 Clear Hardener Shellac (Clear) BLO FWIW, I hate “flash” photography. It really brings out flaws and false contrasts, IMO. To the eye, my corner lid fix does not have that much contrast. I wet with denatured alcohol to clean of dust and to be able to see what the box looks like with a finish. Things look better than these im...
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