Blog Series

Traditional Portuguese Rajao

Part 1: A little history and some test pieces.

I found this article in the Spring 2023 issue (number 148) of American Lutherie. According to the article, this is an instrument that was one of th...

Restoration of an 1897 railroad car.

Part 3: Splicing an intermediate sill

I’ve almost finished making the first replacement for the intermediate sill. We chose a splice used in shipbuilding. I am not opposed to using trai...

Part 4: Finished cutting the scarf joint, added reinforcing plates to the joint.

Quiet week for us. I finished cutting the scarf joints and fitted them up. Unfortunately the beam twisted so things went a bit slow. [IMG_2540.jpeg...

Part 5: Wrapping up the intermediate sill.

Sorry I missed last Wednesdays update, we were camping on the coast with family. I got all but one of the mortises cut when I reinstalled the beam...

New Supercell DC for My Shop

Part 1: Designing a mobile cart.

 Background:  A couple of years ago, I found a basic Delta 1 HP dust collector that someone was throwing away.  It was in good condition and had t...

Part 2: Making a Cart

As I mentioned in part 1, I based my cart design around a  a Sketchup model I found on their 3D Marketplace.  Once the Supercell arrived and before...

Home improvement

Part 1: Sagging gate repair

Our front gate, which is now 4 years old, started sagging enough recently that it wouldn’t latch any more. I was a little disappointed by the compa...

Art Deco Jewelry Cabinet

Part 1: Marquetry & Inlays

Here are a few pictures of the marquetry and routing in the inlays. By only using two veneers for the marquetry, Gaboon Ebony & Holly with the back...

Laser Veneer Parquetry Panel, start to finish

Part 1: Fun and Easy!

I've done a previous blog on a similar item, but this time I'm including the design process for those of you who are interested. Making another pa...

Mobile Sewing Thread Storage Rack

Part 9: Building the Triangular Support Brace

 [02.07 Design - Cart Details.jpg] The support brace is a large open triangle that connects the cart’s base and rear panel. The top of the brace ...

Part 10: Finishing and Final Assembly

 [12.13 - Finish and Assembly - Finished Rack.jpg] With the brace finished, the rack was almost ready to assemble. I started by adding the top cap...

Part 11: Stabilizing the Rack, and Making Some Final Tweaks

  [13.03 Fixes - Base Weight Rebar in Base.jpg]   When I brought the assembled rack inside, I was pleased to see that it was quite stable when the...

How I Sharpen

Part 4: V Tool - Part 2

I intended to do this all in one entry but I ran into a bit of a dilemma.  The tool I'm working with is an Ashley Iles 60 degree, 1/2" inch tool wi...

Part 5: A Hook Knife for Spoon Carving

This one isn't exactly on sharpening but it does have to do with using abrasives on a tool blade so I thought I'd throw it in here.  This is a copy...

Part 6: Knives with Power Sharpener

Haven't had a chance to get back to carving tools but I had a couple pocket knives that needed a refresh this weekend so I thought it would be wort...

Spinnekop

Part 34: Vangbalk, spanten en bekleding

The next parts to be made are a beam for the breaking system of the mill, some rafters and the cladding. On the drawing that would be these parts: ...

Part 35: Roeden

It's time to make the wings! [image.png] [image.png] Lets start with a nice piece of straigth oak. I'll be using a old bed railing. It dry and will...

Part 36: Painting and some other small jobs

Giving the head a fist layer of green paint, some small details will be white. [20230915_180208.jpg][20240518_121518.jpg] And a first coat for the ...

Shop Dust Collection

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Part 1: PVC Dust Collection System for a Supercell

Rather than drag the 4" hose around from machine to machine for my Oneida Supercell I decided to install a 4" PVC dust collection system.  The 4" h...