Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Doug's Bench Part I; Design & Wood Selectioning

The 2014 Long Island Woodworkers’ Show included some amazing pieces. While admiring the pieces, my Dad noticed a nice low bench made by Tony Fuoco. He mentioned that it would work perfectly at his house on the landing where he changes his shoes as he goes from the shop into the house. To that I asked that he please not make or buy one.

Tony Fuoco's great bench from the 2014 Long Island Woodworkers' Show

I immediately got to work on my design. I began by looking though my copy of Education of a Woodsmith by Arthur Espenet Carpenter (if you’ve not read it, you should). Carpenter shows many of his amazing pieces in the book. I took a liking to his style of making benches and tables by taking a single board, cutting the ends, and then reattaching them as legs via dovetails.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

2015 January Shop Tour

Happy New Year, my friends.

After a crazy month in the shop making the Shoe Bench for my Dad for Christmas, the January shop tour finds the new band saw in the shop and the homemade cyclone up and sucking.


Ready for another January shop tour? Here's is Chuck McGhee's January tour. He's just started posting monthly tours as a means to share the shop and keep himself motivated to make progress in it.


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Friday, December 26, 2014

The Last Minute Bench

Happy Boxing Day dear woodworkers. Have you given your saw its Christmas Box?

I haven't either, though I did wrap up the bench I made for my Dad for Christmas.

In the coming weeks I'll share more of the build and I'm working on a video showing my method for reinforcing the bench seat. In the mean time, here's a brief photo essay of the bench build.

Don't forget, now that Christmas is over, there's still time to share the gifts you made as part of the +Modern Woodworkers Association Last Minute Elf contest. You can read all about it here. Just send an email to iggy@tomsworkbench.com and you'll be entered.

I hope you enjoyed your Christmas build as much as I did.

In order to flatten the bench seat, I hot glued it to a piece of melamine and ran it trough the planer.

Friday, December 19, 2014

It's The Last Minute, You're Building . . . So Share

While I'm bogged down with very little shop time and a large holiday project still half-built, please do as I say and not as I do.

Hopefully, this will be a bench someday (soon).
The +Modern Woodworkers Association is running the Last Minute Elf project this year. We know we're not the only ones rushing to finish projects for the holidays. With the Last Minute Elf, we're looking to share each others projects and methods. Anything from an heirloom piece of furniture to a simple turned ornaments. Even quick and fancy ways to finish them. If you're working on a project for the holidays, or know a method or finish which would be helpful to others for their holiday projects, please share them with us. Please email the project or a link to your post about the project to iggy@tomsworkbench.com.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Sucking, Part VII

Much of my Saturday evening was spent fighting with the 240v wiring on the Bastard Dust Collector. It wasn't that there was anything wrong with it. It's just that I'm not that good with 240v.

I was finally able to get the machine to kick on and draw suction on my third attempt. I documented the emotional roller coaster in this brief video.



Now that the Bastard Dust Collector is up and running, I be putting it to use this week. I'll also make a video showing and describing the Bastard Dust Collector as soon as I kick this head cold and can talk clearly again.

If you're rushing to finish projects for the holidays like I am, be sure to share your projects in the Last Minute Elf for a chance to share and win.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

2014 December Shop Tour

With the 12th month comes the 12th shop tour of the year. December sees many changes to shop, such as the new homemade cyclone.

Since the step is almost gone, won't you check out the shop tour?


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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Finishing the Funeral Chair (in Blue)

Construction and assembly of the Funeral Chairs was only half of achieving the look I wanted. Subtly changing the aesthetic Tom Fidgen went for on his original, I opted to dye my chairs blue before finishing them.

With the construction done, it was time for finishing.

I began by adding a few drops of TransTint blue dye to a ½ lb cut of dewaxed shellac. The TransTint only requires a tiny amount to add plenty of color. As the blue coats the insides of the TransTint bottle and obscures how much has been squeezed out, it is difficult to tell how much has been added. I usually end up putting in too much TransTint.