Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Birthday Planter II

Last Saturday I began the day with a stack of lumber and a plan to build a garden planter for my Mom's birthday. It was a very simple design and luckily, I pulled it off in time for party.

The design was taken from a gardening brochure which my Mom clipped and asked me to copy. I made it from simple ACQ with pocket hole joinery.

The brochure photo my Mom gave me as a request.

The three (3) leg assemblies were made first. They were very simple until the angled support came up. While it wasn't hard, cutting the steep angle ended up being the most challenging part of the build (that is to say the build wasn't very challenging). I ended up using a square of scrap MDF clamped to my miter saw to hold the board perpendicular to the fence so I could cut the three (3) supports. This did result in my finished piece falling to the floor after being cut. If I'd had more to cut I would have taken the time to build a proper jig which would have provided better support.

Cutting the steep angle.
The finished leg assemblies.

Once the legs were done it was time to cut the support slats. Because I'd bought 5/4" x 6" x 12' for the slats, I began by cutting them in half. I clamped them all to my BenchMark table and cut through the stack with a pull saw. Unfortunately I cut them 60" from one end, not the 6' from the end I was supposed to. This meant I had three (3) slats which where too long and three (3) which were too short.

For 12' boards, it's easier to bring the saw to the wood than the wood to the saw.
Be sure to bring the saw to the right place in the wood.

I cut the too long ones to their exact length on my miter saw and used them for the slats on the angled face (the front). For the slats on the back face, I used two (2) too short pieces on each row, with a simple but joint at the center leg. All the slats were attached with DeckMate screws. Scrap 5/4" was used as spacers for the revel between slats.

The front slats during installation.

I closed off the sides with the same 5/4" x 6" slats. Because the front is angled and the side slats run horizontal, I lined them up with the rear slats. To line them up with the front slats I would have had to have ripped the stock to custom width to mach the actual vertical height of the front angles slats instead of the total width of the front slats.

Finally I ran a length of 5/4" x 4" PVC around the top and capped it with a 5/4" x 6" ACQ lip. I used the PVC so that my kids could paint on it for their grandmother.

The 5/4" PVC is installed, the geotextile fabric is in, I'm test fitting
the top cap and I forgot to take photos after this.

The last part was to install was the geotextile fabric which lines the planter to hold in the dirt and allow drainage. I attached it with rust resistant staples.

Being the idiot that I am I don't have any photos of the finished project. It was still a great success in that it was finished on time and my Mom appreciated it.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

How We Powdered Woodworking In America, 2015 (With Bonus Tweets)
















The moral of this story is, if you're attending Woodworking in America 2015 (no matter where it is), be sure to wear a powdered wig.

This story may not end here, but this is where I went to bed.

Editor's Note: The Story Continued






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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

2014 August Shop Tour

Though I didn't post yesterday due to Labor Day, I did manage to spend a few minutes filming in the morning in order to keep my string of Monthly Shop Tour videos going.

The September installment shows the shop in a state of relative calm and tidiness before I began working on the Bastard Dust Collector and Funeral Chair later in the day.


By October's tour the Bastard Dust Collector should be up and running.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Birthday Planter

With Labor Day upon us, I'm in for a three (3) day weekend of shop mornings interrupted by afternoon parties. On Sunday, the afternoon party will be a birthday party for my mom, who's actual birthday is next Wednesday.

Since planning ahead isn't always one of my strong suites, I didn't think about what I would get her until earlier this week. After mulling it over for a day or two (2) I remembered that in the spring she had asked me to make her a planter. I figured, I have two (2) half days of shop time before her party. Why not start a new project?

I'm not sure which catalog my Mom found this planter in.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Who I'll Miss at WIA14

As listeners of the Modern Woodworkers Association podcast know, I'll be missing Woodworking in America for the first time in many years. Unfortunately it coincides with my youngest's birthday and my oldests' first Webelos camping trip.

As I'm weeping over the posts of fun and woodworking I'll be reading from afar, there are a few classes I'll particularly miss.

On Friday Will Neptune will be talking about Curved Work in Furniture. Will is a great instructor and this should be a wonderful class.


On both Friday and Saturday, Wilbur Pan will be presenting. Japanese Chisels and Japanese Saws for Western Woodworkers on Friday and Japanese Planes: More than just a backward moving pretty face on Sunday. I've attended earlier versions of these lectures, and I assure you that Wilbur not only knows what he's talking about, he knows how to share it.



While I think these highlights of the classes are enough reason to go, it's really your fellow attendees that make WIA such a must attend event. Where else would you make friends from another country kind enough to send you pictures of you a child?



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Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Sucking, Park VI

In between working on the Funeral Chair and Sal's Clock, I continue plugging along on what I've come to call the Bastard Dust Collector.

The Rockwell Dust Boy.

The design I'm looking to build consists of cannibalizing one of the Dust Boys to connect the motor and impeller directly to the Super Dust Deputy and then add an after market pleated filter. Rather than take apart the new-ish Dust Boy I currently have setup for dust collection, I instead took the motor / impeller unit off the older, Rockwell Dust Boy collector I still had in the attic. This older one seems to be the same spec as the newer one providing a 2 HP 220V motor and 3450 RPM.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Funeral Chair Joinery

On Sunday I managed to finish the joinery on the Tom Fidgen funeral chair.

All milled and joined. Ready for some sanding.

It consisted of routing out a slot in the rear legs to accommodate the slide, drilling for hinges in both sets of legs and the seats, notching the legs for the front stretcher,  and cutting dominos in the legs, stretchers and back.