Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Doug's Bench Part VI: The Finish

When it took it out of the clamps, Doug’s Shoe Bench was almost done and almost due. It was just before Christmas I needed to have it 100% finished and ready for presentation on 12/25. That lead me to spray lacquer, one of the quickest finished I know of.

All finished, except for the finish.

When I tested spray lacquers last year to see which finish looked best on a spalted maple backpack rack I made, I settled on Deft Gloss Clear Wood Finish as the rattle can spray lacquer brand with the best combination of finish and ease of use. It worked well on Doug’s Shoe Bench too.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Carley Eisenberg on the MWA Podcast

This first appeared at modernwoodworkersassociation.com

Hello, everyone and welcome to this - the 70th edition of the Modern Woodworkers Association online discussion about all things woodworking. Today’s special guest is Carley Eisenberg. Before we get to her, let me introduce our usual panel. I'm Tom Iovino of Tom's Workbench dot com, and I'll be your host for this program.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

2015 March Shop Tour

The March shop tour isn't as exciting at the February tour. It does show some slight progress though as the shop continues to move forward.

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Doug's Bench Part V: Assembly

The seat and wide leg are cut to size and dovetailed. The square legs and arm are milled and cut to fit. The seat is reinforced and the epoxy has been sanded flush. It’s assembly time.
All the parts, ready to go.
The assembly of Doug’s Shoe Bench is a two (2) step process. First I assembled the seat, wide leg and diagonal stretcher. Because of the direction of these joints, this first glue up was broken down into two (2) sub glue ups.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Doug's Bench Part IV: Reinforcing the Seat

To install the threaded rod reinforcement in the seat of Doug’s Shoe Bench I began by routing three (3) ½” x ½” grooves down the length of the underside of the bench seat. Then I cut three (3) pieces of 3/8” threaded rod to fit into three (3) respective holes. I use 3/8” threaded rod in the ½” slot in order to allow room for the epoxy around the threaded rod.

Getting ready to route the slots.

The final step before mixing up the epoxy is to cut shims. The shims are used to hold the threaded rod up off the bottom of the groove and roughly center it to allow the epoxy to completely surround it. For shims I uses standard composite builders shims, such as you would use for a window or door installation. I cut about ½” of off the bottom at the narrowest point. Then I take that ½” x about 1” piece and cut it into roughly ½” x ½” squares. I do this by eye. The exact fit isn’t critical. The point is to raise up the threaded rod so that its high enough for epoxy to fit below it while sitting low enough for epoxy above.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Dividing the Drawer

For years I've used a wall hanging toolbox system for my screwdrivers. The system is pretty neat. It consists of a cleat to fasten to the wall, a frame which hangs on the cleat and three (3) drawers which are removable from the frame. The frame has a handle and removed from the cleat and carried around as a big, three drawer tool box or an individual drawer can be taken out and carried around by it's own handle.

The trusty old toolbox system for my screw drivers.

The toolbox has been a great way to store my screwdrivers, with straights and Philips going in the top drawer, Torx and Allen keys going in the middle drawer and nut drivers going in the bottom drawer. The arrangement works so well because 95% of the time I just grab the top drawer and take it to wherever I'm working. In the decade or so that I've had the system, I don't think I've ever taken more than two (2) drawers. I know I've never taken the rack off the wall and used is as a single big toolbox.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

2015 February Shop Tour

The February Shop Tour begins with my being locked out of the shop. Once I've cut through the attic and climbed down from the ceiling, we take the tour.

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