Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Wiring the Shop for Excitement

Last week I cut out of work early one day and made a much needed improvement to the shop. I ran a Cat6 networking cable from the far northwest corner of my house (where my modem and router are) to the far southeast corner of my house (where the shop is).

I've had the cable laying around for a year or two, since I realized I couldn't pick up any WiFi in my garage. I'm hoping that this will let me podcast from the shop in the future, once I setup a computer there.

I had fun making another Sway of the install. You can check it out here.




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Saturday, April 11, 2015

2015 April Shop Tour

March came and went quickly. I find myself in my shop in April with not much to show for the last 4.2 weeks. I hope you're being productive out there.



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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Matt & Matthew & Paul

The Matt and Matthew show is a relatively new woodworking video series from +Matthew Cremona and Matthew Morris (+MM Wood Studio). They’re both wonderful woodworkers and their show us informative and entertaining. I’m also impressed by their editing.

Sanding that shape on Lill's Quilt Rack

Paul Lemiski of +Canadian Woodworks was a recent guest of the Matts. We’ve spoken with Paul before on the Modern Woodworkers Associationpodcast and he’s always a great interview. During His talk with Matt & Matthew, Paul spent quite a bit of time thoroughly explaining the sanding regimen he uses on his custom, sculpted pieces. I found myself constantly pausing the video and switching to OneNote to take notes on his method. I plan to follow Paul’s sanding regimen when it comes time to sand the walnut components of Dave’strophy. I’ll also certainly be using it for the upcoming Sculpted Rocker GuildBuild.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Completing Sal's Clock

Some projects start out fine and then take so long and lead to so much frustration that you check out emotionally well before the project is finished. The restoration of Sal’s Clock was such a project. Though eager to try a veneer repair, I soon learned that the process wasn’t as exciting or as rewarding as building from scratch in any measure. But Sal is a good friend and I made a commitment to fix the clock. So I sucked it up, and soldiered on.
 
Nope, this first try won't do.
 
In the last post about the clock I had just torn out my original, ill-fitting veneer patch and had applied dye and finish to my new veneer pieces. This brought me to my second attempt at fitting the veneer. To help, I extended the patch closer to the clock face so that the inner edge would be covered by the clock face door. By doing that I reduced the number of edges I needed to fit by one third.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A Wooden Glide and Sway

I'm a huge fan of my Bosch Glide Saw. I've had it since it was introduced and I think it is hands downs the best miter saw on the market. It's more compact than the Kapex and right out of the box it cut more accurate miters than my Incra Miter gauge does.

My love of the Bosch Glide prompted my interest in the DIY Glide Mitre Saw video by +Savvas Papasavva.  I agree with his final assesment, but man-oh-man, it is a cool device he built.


This weekend I also played with Microsoft's new member of the Office family, Sway. Sway is kind of like PowerPoint, but not really. You can check out the Sway I made by following the link below.

My First Sway.

This is just my first try, and its of a project you've all seen already, but I think this Sway thing has potential. I'll certainly be trying it out more in the future.

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Here's a listen to MWA Podcast #71.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Simple Drill Press Table

Earlier in the week, when I commented that I had almost the same drill press that he had just bought, +Kyle Veatch asked me what I used for a fence.

I use a shop made table/fence combination. I'm on my second one, as they are build from OSB and are simple enough to be disposable.

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.