Thursday, July 27, 2017

An Excellent Jig Saw Project

  I have been a fan of Izzy Swan at for a few years now.  He sometimes makes crazy things but often makes useful things too.  This folding stool project is an excellent jig saw project, and as he says in the professional video it can be made using only a jig saw. The entire project requires only a saw, drill, glue and sand paper. Nice.  Notice Mr. Swan reminds you to use a good saw blade. Sharp tools make all jobs easier.

  This project of Mr. Swan's has many things to recommend it to a home work shop guy.  It is basic enough that it need not be intimidating. Further this project can be made in volume if one wanted to equip a play room or to sell the stools at a yard sale. Once you get the patterns set you can cut out lots of parts at one time.  Lastly the shape and design are classic enough that you could be finished in many different ways for many different looks.

cheers ian

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Oars - A Opa and Kieran Project

  My Grandson likes to work with wood and tools.  When he comes to our house we usually end up making something in the shop.  It is best when we can make something that is useful, and this time we did.

  Soon we will be going to a rented cottage on a lake, we are taking a small inflatable boat and yesterday we made oars.

  We used cedar fence boards to make these 39 inch oars. Since we began the project with 1 1/2 inch square boards it was an opportunity for K to use a hand plane to shape the handles. The blades where cut on our band saw and screwed to the handles with a cordless drill. The new tool for K was the random orbital sander.  He liked how much faster things went when using the sander.  It was always tough to get him to spend time hand sanding.

  Over the last couple of years Kieran has learned to use the band saw, cordless drill, drill press and orbital sander.  The important hand tool he has begun using is the hand plane, and he does like clamps too.  His education in the shop is progressing, slowly, but steadily.

  When he is paddling the boat around at the lake using paddles he made I am sure his level of satisfaction will be higher that if he was using plastic paddles.  

cheers, ianw