Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday's Jobs

  Many people are filled with grand plans and noble ideals.  I'm not.  Today my great hope was to not to have to put on socks.  I wanted to spend the day wandering about our house and maybe do some work in the wood shop too. 

   One of today's jobs was finish off Kieran's submarine bank.  Kieran drew a plan for me two weeks ago.

  The submarine has two compartments and one side is glued on while the other side is held on with screws. Kieran wanted to be able to get the money out, I didn't want it to be too easy.

  The real job of the day was making a picture frame for a painting by our friend  Rhonda.  I made the frame from elm.  Elm is a wood that has wonderful character, but is stringy and working with it can be a challenge. 

  When I was cutting the rabbets on the back of the frame sections the wood came away in strings and choked the dust collection system on my Jess Em router table

  After I got the elm cut to length I used my KREG Klamp table for assembly.

   The picture frame is finished with tung oil and once it is dry, the glass  cut and the painting installed I will post a picture for you to see the result.

  Here is a link to an instructable making a wooden picture frame using biscuits.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Home Made Router Plane

  If you are working in a small shop area there you can make a good argument for a Hand Tool shop. If you search the Internet you can find dozens of sites that feature D.I.Y tools and short cuts for making hand tools.  Paul Sellers  has a you tube channel where he shows some of his projects and in the above video he shows how to use a chisel to make a hand router plane.  If you had to cut many dadoes it is cost effective to buy a router plane, if you occasionally need to clean out hand cut dadoes this shop tip is a way to save money and get the job done.

  Winter seems to have arrived a bit early.  We've had several days with wind chills below zero. I want to remind you to bring your iron and steel tools in out of the garage.  If your tools get warm, when you heat the garage while you work and then cold over night with the heater off your tools will get condensation on them, and then RUST. 

 I think it is easier to have a tool box that you fill with steel tools and bring in at the end of the work day than it is to remember to clean and oil all your tools at the end of the day.  It is also cheaper to move the tools than it is to heat the garage 24/7.


DeWalt ToughSystem Complete Combo Tool Box w/ Cart Kit DWST08212
Dewalt Tough System
     A tool box system like the Dewalt is not cheap,but replacing your auger bits, drill bit, planes, knives and chisels is more trouble and expense in the long run.

  Get out there and build something.

cheers, ianw

newest look for the shop???!!!