I have started my next project that will certainly test my abilities in all aspects of woodworking and marquetry. I have decided to construct a jewelry box with bombay curves. I have never built a box with curves and never veneered a curved surface so it will certainly test me. I had problems trying to locate a web site with designs that took my fancy (some good designs on craftmanspace well above my ability). I sat down looked at the wife’s quilting books and come up with some designs ...
This is the biggest bowl (size-wise) that I’ve made yet to date. It’s just over 5” deep but it’s just a bit more than 1” wider than that other “bean pot” I turned. This one is layered (top to bottom) with maple, oak, cedar, oak, and maple. Wiped a coat of BLO on it before spraying it with about 6 coats of rattle-can lacquer. Here’s several angles of the finished product. ..... ..AFTER I had glued up the slices of wood, I noticed the bottom ...
So I’m turning my latest bowl. It’ll be the biggest one yet that I’ve done. Everything is going along fairly well and I can only guess ( in hindsight ) that I must have shifted my weight and leaned in a bit too much, because all of a sudden … BANG! The tool catches and next thing I know I’m holding only HALF of the tool! YIKES! Made me jump when it happened. .Looking at the pix you can see that my glue joint actually held, it was the walnut that snapped. .......
The core of the table is 9 feet long, with a pair of openings on each end for two ~18 inch wide drawers. The drawers are made out of maple, which I knew would wear well on the drawer runners. I also knew I wanted dovetailed joints because these drawers would end up being pretty heavy. I marked out the tails first after reading much debate about pins first versus tails first. Tails makes sense to me, so I marked them out, cut the rough dimensions out on the tablesaw, and cleaned it up wit...
Last week I made two hydraulic cylinders. The cylinders should be able to hold the crane boom in position. Therefor I additional made a “clamping” ring from ash. First I tried to do this with a rubber ring but finally I prefered wood. (I,m making two cranes at the same time, that’s why sometimes you she two cylinders) Below you can see how it was done. Thanks for watching.
So I’ve got the big pieces of the wagon vise ‘finished’ and trying to see how they all go together before I make the hole in my bench any larger to compensate. I also realized I may be in need of making a second one as the hole I cut for my bench is not in line with the leg vise but along the other line of bench dogs. Whoops! Nothing huge though – at least I’ve had some practice :) Mine doesn’t look a ton like Shipwrights though…hm… VS ...
Top Assembly The top consist of two sub-assemblies: The lower half and the upper. The lower half is made up of two plywood sheets glued together, edged with maple and joined using doweled bridle joints. The doubled up plywood is attached to the frame using a basic butt joint strengthened with 3/8” dowels and glued down with epoxy. I used this method because my wood was not wide enough for the desired final dimensions if I rabbeted in the panel. This simple butt joint gave me some a...
Here I show how I upgraded my Grizzly G0654 6” Jointer with the H7653 Indexable Insert Spiral Cutterhead and do a little needed maintenance to the bed of my jointer. https://youtu.be/o1EkdHILrL4
One of the key design features of this project is the three-way half lap joint, a joint I learned here on Lumberjocks. I’ve been practicing making them on scrap. After making my 120° sled, I started out on my own. I just tried to figure out the cuts on my own. The result wasn’t terrible, but it was clearly not the best method. So I went back to the thread on LJs and found the youtube video that shopbuilt posted, and I learned the trick to doing this much easier, so thanks to...
I should preface this blog with a note about myself. I recently shed most of my power tools in favor of old hand tools, like Stanley Planes, Disston saws, and old Braces/Bits and eggbeater drills. This was around December of 2014 (about 9 months ago as of this writing). The two power tools I decided to keep in the shop were a band saw and a drill press. Problem was, I didn’t own a band saw (at least not a decent one). So the search began. I hemmed and hawed about it, researched, a...
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