Just a Quick Update Featured
Just a quick update. No, I haven't fallen off the face of the earth. I know, you were worried. I've been up to my ears in side projects and none of it has been quite enough to blog about... I suppose I could blog about side projects... Anyways, I'm already started here :)
There's a new gallery opening in my neck of the woods and they reached out to me do display in there space! So needless to say, I've been scrambling a bit getting "enough" pieces ready for the grand opening which is tomorrow! Then Saturday I'll be demoing at our local Klingspor with the wood turners guild of NC!
Once all of that is behind me I'll be able to get back to the TV stand I started in late June (ugh, I'm ashamed). Unless of course everything sells at the gallery on opening night. That would be a great problem to have!
Until next time, be safe and have fun!
A hybrid solution Featured
I grew up learning woodworking in a power tool world. My first exposure came from my father, building custom homes and apartment complexes. In this business time equals money so I was taught that power tools were the most effective means of getting the job done. As an adult my skills have evolved into fine woodworking and it involves a healthy mix of hand and power tools. Since my first exposure was power tools, those are what I typically reach for first on a given project. But as my skills grow, I find myself reaching for a hybrid solution and it is making me a more complete hybrid woodworker....
August Bowls (so far) Featured
Here's just a quick peak of what's going on in the Wood Shop Mike corner of the world. Things are getting terribly busy between the 9-5, wood working, and life. Some good news is that a new gallery of sorts is opening in my area and they reached out to see if I'd like to display in their store!!! This is the first time I've been approached in the manner. How cool!...
How to Make Non-Toxic Paste Wax Featured
I've used plenty of paste wax in my wood working adventures and never worried about the ingredients until I started making utilitarian items. My finishes for bowls, cutting boards, or any other item to be used with food are solvent free and 100% natural. I thought I'd share a recipe for non-toxic paste wax. The best part is it's super easy and you get to melt stuff!
Hello from me! Featured
As a new blogger on the site (thank you this old Workshop for inviting me) I thought i'd write up a quick introduction so you know who I am.
My name is Amber, I'm a recent graduate of the BA (Hons) Furniture: Conservation, Restoration & Decorative Arts course at Buckinghamshire New University, England.
Farm Table Update Featured
Just Do It Featured
I firmly believe the biggest obstacle a person faces in becoming a better woodworker is not a lack of tools. It's not even a lack of talent. It's not a lack of hours in the day nor is it a lack of all those shiny tools that would make Norm Abrams jealous (or Roy Underhill if that's how you roll). In a word, confidence is what makes us better. Frankly there is only one way to get it and that's by DOING....
Trapped in time Featured
Made in America Featured
As a child I remember back in the 80s, during the height of the Cold War, when "Made in The USA" was a badge of honor that American companies would tout to signify superior made goods. I'm sure some of you readers can remember back way further than that. As we celebrate Independence Day, I believe that this country is gaining a newly renewed sense of patriotism when it comes to the goods and services we buy and I, for one, am all for it. WalMart has recently launched an advertising campaign showcasing their 250 billion dollar investment to bring back manufacturing to this country. Dewalt began an advertising campaign in November of 2013 called "Tools of The Brave" which touts over 600 tools, including their most popular cordless tools, manufactured in the good ol' U.S. of A. But does today's "Made in The USA" moniker really mean the same as it did back then?...
New "Remodel" Project Featured
This is my latest customer project. It is a very old farm table that has been exposed to a few decades in an open barn. The customer told me that it was her great grandparent's. Such a shame that it was not better preserved. The splined tabletop joints and the pegged joints on the legs tell such a great story of furniture built for purpose that by it's very nature, lasts for generations. Now obviously the piece cannot be restored to it's original beauty but it can be made beautiful again. The customer has requested a shabby looking piece that preserves as much of the original wood as possible. The top will be refinished and stained while the legs will be replaced and painted along with the skirt. I will be profiling it's progress starting sometime this week.
A few days ago while driving home from an appointment I spotted a charity thrift store and for some odd reason I pulled in. As I walked the aisles I noticed the typical garage sale garbage and nothing caught my eye. Always on the lookout for wood items to recycle or repurpose I found a likely candidate. Sitting before me was an antique treadle sewing machine cabinet of unknown brand or origin....
Here is a great video I found while serfing I do hope you all like it as much as I do. In this video we get to see several items made from clogs to a chair. A lot of the work is done with an ax and all done with hand tools. I look for these old time videos all the time so when I find one I will now share all of them with you. Please let me know if you enjoy this by leaving coments and your ideas for other videos you would like to see. I have a bit of a time crunch because we are shooting our own videos and now I am having to learn how to edit this footage because I have lost my Camera Man and Video editor . I will continue to push this through and will work on making this the site our readers deserve....
Reviews we are currently working on are new Stanley 20 volt max brushless compact drill, Bostitch's first entry into the drill and Impact driver class, New Hitachi m12ev deluxe plunge router, M power point top point layout tool. Woodpeckers lay out tools. And Rocklers Cribbidge set and many more reviews are in the works so stay tuned for more from This Old Workshop.com We are also in the middle of shooting lots of video reviews some will be updates of reviews we have already done and others will be brand new. This has been a long process but we wont release a bad product so we have to work out the kinks before we go live with our new videos....
We have been testing several tools and new blades and dado sets. There are so many new tools in the shop it has been difficult to get all the tests done and with the cold weather and no heat in the shop things are slower than I would like. So we will be finishing the insulation in the attic of the shop then adding a large heater to keep the shop warm through out the winter months....
I was speaking with Martin Godfrey and we have reached terms for us to start selling woodrats in the USA. I will be attending woodshows demonstrating this wonderful machine. I will also be opening a new Website Called http://thewoodratsnest.com it will be everything about woodrats and how to use them. We will be shooting loads of videos on using the WoodRat and making some of the best joints in woodworking. After things start mooving I will be looking for demonstrators and expert WoodRat users to help sell WoodRats I want to see the WoodRat be a great success. I know Martin is excited to be back in the US market. I am very happy we have come to terms and that I will be the guy for WoodRats in the USA. The other great news is I will soon be testing and reviewing the newest Woodrat900. The 600 has become a go to machine in our shop I know the 900 can do bigger work and I am excited to have the chance to push it to its limits. Stay tuned for more Updates.
This video was posted as an answer to where your blade should be in the top wheel of your saw. In the video The speaker tells you new saws are not meant to be coplanar. He also teaches you the proper way to set up your band saw So take a few minutes and watch the video it is vital information. I will be using these methods to tune my band saw and i will continue to blog about how it works and wither or not it cures your band saw woes. Be sure to post your comments If this becomes a good topic I will follow it up with a full story on the band saw.
A lot of new tools are using those carbide cutters. Namley Rockler and Easywood and soon every other manufactuer of turning tools well they say use them till dull then toss them. Not so says James La Muraga From Trend Jamie says the thing is you can sharpen the carbide on the Trend Diamond plate we reviewd a few months back. He recomens that you use the laping fluid to aid in the removal of the material but that this is very easy to do. Simply lay the cutter on the flat sides and simply rub on the Trend Diamond stone as the stone is so flat this will sharpen the disposable cutters saving you time and most importiantly money....
As you will recall when we left the other day we had a problem with the jointer this was easy to solve once we found out the fence had become unlocked still not sure how the happened but I have my suspicions. Then we took all the glue ups out of the clamp and then cut them to the 24 1/2 inch measurement for tops and bottoms this went great then we sorted them picking the best 4 panels for sides then we re cut these to the shorter 24 inch length as the instructions call for. The next this was to cut the dovetails Now I like hand work as much as the next guy and if the customer is willing to pay for hand work I will gladly give him my best but this is not that customer . I then was going to use the WoodRat to cut the dovetails but the bit I need for this was broken and so I developed plan B I decided to use the old Reliable Keller Dovetail Jig Model 1601 you can see how to use this in this video I used the router table to do my cutting I have made drawers using this method for years I like the Keller Jig on the router table but have no problem using it on large pieces of wood and clamping to the large piece and using a hand held router. Watch the video close as it covers setting the depth which is very important . Also notice the hand cut method they use to align the jig this is very important. Please note this jig is not a cheep piece of junk it is precision at its best these jigs are used by cabinet shops all over the country they work well my only dislike is I wish the cutters were 1/2 inch shank I feel better with that bit spinning at 20000 rpm with a 1/2 inch shank....
Rockler Companies, Inc. | 4365 Willow Drive | Medina, MN 55340 | 763.478.8201 | www.rockler.com
ROCKLER'S NEW POCKET PUSH STICK
COMBINES SAFETY AND CONVENIENCE
Pocket-Sized Push Stick Keeps Safety Within Reach
MEDINA, MN (January 8, 2013) - Rockler Woodworking and Hardware has just introduced the
Bench Dog Pocket Push Stick, a small push stick designed to fit in shop apron or pants pockets. The
compact size of the push stick enables quick and convenient access, making it easier for the user
to work safely during any project. The Bench Dog Pocket Push Stick is designed to handle jointing,
sawing, routing, and additional applications where a small push stick is sufficient.
"The Bench Dog Pocket Push Stick is a combination of safety and convenience," said Rockler's Vice
President of Product Development, Steve Krohmer. "The fact that it fits in a pocket makes it a valuable
safety asset that is always at hand. Larger push sticks are often left in the toolbox or vehicle on
a job site, and people sometimes decide to perform dangerous cutting operations by hand instead of
taking the time to go find their push stick. With the Bench Dog Pocket Push Stick, it's always within
reach, and that provides the opportunity to work safely every time."
The Bench Dog Pocket Push Stick is 93/4" long and made of durable polymer material which allows
a little bit of give when it experiences stress in a pocket or a tool bag to keep the tool from breaking.
The over-molded rubber handle is comfortable and easy to grip, adding to its function as a safety
tool. The end of the body is notched like most push sticks to accommodate the 90° corners of wood
stock and push it along power tools for precise cuts, keeping the user's hands out of danger.
The Bench Dog Pocket Push Stick (48305) retails for $5.99 and can be purchased at Rockler
Woodworking and Hardware stores nationwide, Rockler independent resellers, Rockler.com, or
from the Rockler catalog. For store locations or a free catalog, please visit www.rockler.com or call
Note: Hi-resolution images and text to go along with this news release are available for download
Contact: Lorilee Torrey
Phone: (541) 552-1133
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ABOUT ROCKLER WOODWORKING AND HARDWARE
Celebrating its 58th year as a family-run business, Rockler Woodworking and Hardware is the nation’s premier supplier of
specialty hardware, tools, lumber and other high quality woodworking products. Rockler has 29 retail locations in AZ, CA,
CO, GA, IL, IN, MA, ME, MI, MN, MO, NH, NY, OH, OR, PA, TX, WA, and WI – plus 60 independent reseller
locations nationwide, as well as extensive catalog and internet operations.
To learn more about Rockler, please visit www.rockler.com or call 1-877-ROCKLER.
Rockler Companies, Inc. | 4365 Willow Drive | Medina, MN 55340 | 763.478.8201 | www.rockler.com
Today, I start with more prep work. I was thinking about this today. I want to stress that the project I am doing here is extremely time consuming compared to typical scrolling projects. These are just the type projects I like. I want to make sure that noone thinks this is the typical trouble you'll go through with all scrolling. These large detailed projects take a lot of prep time, for example, even before you touch the scroll saw. This is because of the size and detail. Please do not let it scare you off. I commonly do projects that take over a week, sometimes over a month. If you'd like, there are plenty of projects out there that can easily be completed in a day or two. Remember, all projects though, simple or detailed, hard or easy, small or large, are all completed the same way, one cut at a time....
Rockler Woodworking and Hardware has just added two new sizes of I-Semble Shelf Blocks to their custom furniture category. The two new Shelf Block options (6" x 8" and 6" x 13") join the 10" x 13" size already offered by Rockler. The I-Semble product line is a series of components designed to help do-it-yourselfers design and build custom furniture such as shelving, entertainment stands, desks, and coffee tables using common household tools....
this is a sample blog in the setup of woodworking category as a default and change on JCE editor to timmyace editor.
This Blog will be all about the 2 Glen Huey Cupboards I am making for a client. They Cupboards are found on Page8 Of Glen Hueys book Building Fine Furniture. I started out selecting the wood for the Project remembering I am making 2 of these for one client they need to look like they were made from the same tree as they will be on the same wall in their lunch room at the office. I laid out the boards and marked out the rough links removing as many knots and blems as was possible. I will post some photos this evening of the cut up and glue up process this build will be done in my usual fashion of hand and power tools. I do hope you join with me during this project....
The day began with the continued search for a fluent Joomla webmaster because after 16 years running this site Daniel and I can lo longer see things the same way. This is a sad thing for me because it is tough to loose him as a business partner and maybe as a friend. When we shared a shop for the early years there was never a harsh word but today with hundreds of miles between us and living two very different lives we were simply not on the same page. I will continue to build on the solid foundation we had together. I know there will be days when I ask why I cant tell you that today What I can say is I am looking for some talented craftsmen to share their knowledge with our readers. So today I hired a new Webmaster and our new editor began his job today kicking out a boat load of overdue articles. I have no good excuse for some of them being late and other fell victim to my personal health problems that have plagued me for the past 5 years....