Monday, June 29, 2015

Dave's Trophy Part II

Dave's Trophy is a traditional, yet tacky trophy made for a fantasy football league. When I last left off, I had constructed the three (3) tiers from walnut and I was deciding how to attach the columns.

Now, how to attach the columns?
I decided on milling recesses in the walnut to house the top and bottom of the glass columns, almost like mortises. After some testing showed that the grain of the wood was the weakest link, I concluded that Marine Silicone Adhesive would make the best adhesive between the glass and wood.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Chaircast Episode #5

The Sculpted Rocker moves ever so closer.


In this episode of Chaircast, I discuss my first impressions, of Charles Brock's Sculpted Rocker DVD and my soon to be released interview with +Paul L of Canadian Woodworks.

I also introduce Bell Forrest Products as a Chaircast sponsor. You can pick up your sculpted rocker lumber set from them here.

You can also check out my Soundcloud page, where Chaircast will be hosted. And finally, if you're really into it, you can subscribe to Chaircast via the Chaircast RSS feed. Just import it into the podcast app of your choice (I use Pocket Casts) to subscribe.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Mozart's Tiny Piano

One of my 10 year old sons is working on a book report. The book has be a biography, and he chose one on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. As the report included an oral component, and the class is to use a puppet of their subject and present the report from the first person, using the puppet.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
When my wife and son had finished the puppet, we were discussing the report and decided that it needed a little more something . . . so I decided I should make Mozart a piano.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

I Cut My Table Saw Rails

I have a rather run of the mill Delta Contractor's saw. It's a good saw from the days when Porter-Cable Delta was it's own company and I have cast iron wings. There's not much to rave about, but neither is there much to complain about.

This is actually the same saw Shannon Rogers used to have.

Yet, one thing I did complain about was how much room the fence rails took up. The saw came with a Delta T-Lock fence (its very similar to a Biesemeyer, but not quite as substantial). I like the fence, but the 32" capacity was never used and it meant the saw sat well off the wall due to the fence length. Since I have a track saw, I can't remember the last time I made a rip bigger than 12" or 16".

Inspired by Mathew Teague's 2006 Small Shop Article in a One Car Garage in Fine Woodworking, I finally took my Hackzall to the fence rails and took 5.5" off the end.

I actually cut the back rail by hand first . . . stupid.

This wins me 5.5" of width next to the table saw and leave me with a little more than 25" rip capacity.

Not much, but this 5.5" will go right into the available space next to the saw.

While I might not have been so willing to do this if I didn't have a track saw, I can't think of any negative impact this could have in my work flow, and the added space is already appreciated.

25" inches should be plenty of capacity.



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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

2015 June Shop Tour

Summer is almost here and there is no rest for the wicked.

In the 2015 June shop Tour we find the shop it's usual mess of half done projects, with the trophy still taking up valuable shop space.





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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Deputizing the Dust Deputy

Way back in 2010 or so I bought a Dust Deputy. We were buying one for work and I figured what the hell, I'll get one too. When it arrived, I attached it to a 55 gallon drum. This worked well, but took up far too much shop space.

My original Dust Deputy setup.
So I traded my 55 gallon drum Deputy to my Dad for his unopened Dust Deputy. That Dust Deputy lived in it's unopened box, in the corners of my shop, for years.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Stabilize This!

After we were done recording +Modern Woodworkers Association Podcast Episode #72+Zac Higgins and I talked about Timberstrand and how it might turn, given it's soft nature. Zac was intrigued by the discussion and he offered to test it out for me.

I packed up some Timberstrand offcuts and shipped them his way. Zac was then kind enough to try two different methods of stabilizing them. Once stabilized, he chucked them onto the lathe and tested how they turned.