The basic assembly process is simple: Slide a panel’s edge bead into a groove in a post—that’s it. Incidentally, this basic interaction is so intuitive that my 4 yr old took one look at a post and panel and immediately put them together. Within seconds, he had grabbed two more posts and panels and added them to the wall. Tall Walls and TowersHowever, to build a wall that is taller than a single post, there’s a very simple additional trick: Instead of using a tall ...
After posting the pictures of The Rising I was asked by a couple LJ’s to post more information on the mechanism I designed to lift the book. Since I do not have the box anymore I took some screen shots from the 3D modeling software I use for initial designs (SolidWorks if anybody is interested. It is the program I use at work). Below I show the mechanism in its lowered position. Here it is half way through its motion. And here it is at the top of its motion. I think t...
So, after what feels like months, I was able to do something in the woodworking arena. I ran over to MacBeath’s in Berkeley, CA and grabbed some quality plywood. Then I came home and drew up almost the entire clock in AutoCAD, measuring everything very carefully on the original plans with digital calipers. The point being, instead of gluing the plans to the plywood, cutting them out, hence destroying the original plans, I’m going to have a fellow LJ cut the gears out of the ply...
I have always had a fascination with how things work. As a kid I drove my parents’ crazy taking things apart but it was part of learning. Even today I will look at something a wonder how it was made or how it works. For most things I believe that if someone else can do it then so can I, now I am not saying that I am smarter than anyone else, I believe for the most part that all of us can figure most things out if we try. Around a year ago I was looking at a pendulum clock, I have always...
Since I can’t afford a bunch of quarter sawn white oak to finish the dining table right now, I thought I’d look for a project that requires less materials. Having just read “Longitude” by Dava Sobel, I’ve been fascinated by wooden clocks. Being a Mechanical Engineer, I also have an affinity for anything with gears. I found woodgears.ca few years ago and have been fascinated by the stuff he makes. I’ve also looked into building some kind of kinetic sculp...
As I have grown older, now 62, I have found that whenever possible I use both smaller power tools and even smaller hand tools. I often turn to my power hand tools instead of using my table saw or even my bandsaw. Instead I use my jig saw and small power saw (5-1/2” blade) with the necessary straight-edge jigs. My block plane is my best friend and I made sanding blocks from sections of hand railing (about 6” long). This along with moving to more non-powered hand tools seems to make...
I thought “What if I coated the whole ring in cyanoacrylate finish?” ...and I tried it. The rings have since been through regular everyday wear including dishwashings, handwashings and showers. END RESULT: This finish is holding up better than both Waterlox and Arm-R-Seal. And, in my opinion, it actually looks better. CAVEATS: Obviously, this would be difficult to do on anything but very small woodworking projects. It’s just right for these wooden rings, but ...
Day 1 project 1 of the June 2009 30 projects in 30 days Off to a positive start! I’ve completed my 14th segmented wine bottle stopper (shocker I know!). This stopper is a new pattern that I have named 1/2 & 1/2 Twist. here are the stopper stats:Total pieces: 121Wood: Red Leaf Maple & WalnutCap: SapeleDimensions: 2-1/8” tall, 1” diameterFinish: CA/BLO This stopper is available for sale through my Etsy storeserial # 2009-014
I bought a board of 3/4 beech. I chopped four pieces of it and glued it up. I’ve been wanting to make one of these for a while now. My dad is helping me with parts as I am still not allowed to use the tablesaw. This is going to take a while because of school and other priorities. Im going to bed the iron at 50 degrees. Its going to be my hybrid of a coffin smoother and a krenov style plane. I hope to get to actually shaping of it soon.
The timber is still moist to the touch and heavy, probably about 28% moisture, but it will be easier to cut in this condition and will dry quickly with a smaller cross-section. It is time to rough-cut the components. You may remember that I have already selected and prepared pieces for the main members – the back legs. All this hand-work makes you think of efficiency in a way that you may never have thought of it before. If you have ever cycled around the countryside and taken a wrong t...
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