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.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

How I Reinforced The Seats For My Funeral Chairs

I'm finally beginning to work on my first chairs. Due to the fact that one is a gift and needs to be shipped, I'm making folding chairs.

After searching around for a folding chair design I settled on Tom Fidgen's Funeral Chair as shown in his book, The Unplugged Woodshop.

As you may have guessed, I'm making mine a bit differently than Tom does. I found that my seat design needed some reinforcement. This video shows what I came up with to ensure it could withstand even the most vigorous sitting.


I'll keep posting the chairs as the build continues. In the mean time you can watch Tom build his on his You-Tube channel or catch our interview with him here at the Modern Woodworkers Association site.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Sucking, Part V

In Part IV of the sucking I discussed that while I had the dust collector up and running, I was planning to make some future upgrades. Since having three (3) open projects and many more on the to do list is never enough, I decided that the future is now.

This will become the basis for my
improved dust collector.

Before heading off to vacation last week I ordered a Super Dust Deputy and a 20 gallon drum to have it empty into. They're now in the shop, taking up room.