I’ve got a carcase that needs to be divided into sections to house five drawers for hand tools at the Roubo. As is usually the case with my shop work, there are more efficient ways to put drawers in cabinets than the methods I’ve chosen. Part of the answer to that is this Cabinet will be matched up to a bench that, as a pair of shop tools, will be productive way beyond my time with both of them. The balance falls into the mantra ‘practice with a purpose.’ I build things for the shop using too...
At our old house we had what my wife liked to call a breakfast nook, it was a small table with two benches that occupied the corner of the kitchen. It had cost us 50.00 bucks on craigslist and is/was just the right size for that kitchen prompting us to leave it there. The fact that the benches were notorious for dumping the unsuspecting on their asses may have assisted the decision. The result is that the wife is requesting a replacement. I decided that I really like the look of butternut ...
Hi everyone. My extremely talented wife just wrote a groundbreaking new APP for the iPad. It’s the first of it’s kind for woodworkers, enabling you to play with a 3D rocking chair (and all of the separate parts) right on the iPad. You can order parts, take notes and do lots of other cool stuff including watching come never-before-seen videos right within the APP. I admit it, I am a gadget guy, and this is so much fun to play with it makes it hard to go back to making sawdu...
I started this little adventure into Woodworking just over a year ago. It has been quite the God send as an escape from the mind numbing boredom that can result from permanent Disability. In that time I have learned enough to fill an encyclopedia, although I have just scratched the surface in terms of overall knowledge. In the beginning I tried to get it done on the cheap with a mixture of Shopsmith & Harbor Freight Tools. After 6 months of “practicing” the craft I realized...
Just a quick post today. Carved out handle with rough spots. A little scraper and a little time. A little bit more here. And there we have it, smooth enough to work with. No sandpaper was harmed during the writing of this blog.
We are to the point, fellow woodworkers, that progress is being made that directly results in something that resembles an actual cabinet. So if you’ve followed along up to this point waiting for ‘real work’ to take place, yawning with each installment that detailed build plans (boring!), material prep (double boring!) and panel glue-ups (A blog entry on gluing panels? Are you kidding me??), this just may be the pay-off you’ve been waiting for. Of course, maybe not. But I digress, as usualR...
I don’t always subscribe to ‘measure twice, cut once’ because the stuff I build isn’t set in stone; designing around mistakes, when they happen, isn’t too difficult, typically. The foam board mock up I did for this cabinet, for example, represents a high-water mark of up-front design work for shop furniture! With more complex builds, Sketch Up may be something I need to learn. But I digress… After the many hours of work required simply to get panels made to work with (example of one of the...
Laid out the pieces to get panels that will be the top and two sides of the cabinet / carcase, paying some attention to grain pattern as well as grain direction, to get pieces that would be visually appealing and that would (hopefully) smooth well at final finish. Here’s the walnut all laid out: I’m gluing up a total of four total panels – two walnut and two pine. Not rocket science – apply glue to both edges: Brush out, then squeeze. Walnuts were first, and one of those needed ...
So I’m going to be turning a salt and pepper mill this weekend and I’m curious as to what kinds of finishes I should use. I was planning on a sanding sealer and maybe a friction polish, but does anybody know if the salt from the mill will damage any of this? should I use a poly? Thanks everybody…. i love this site.
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