A Farm Getaway

April 8th, 2018

As evidenced by my woodworking-related social media posts slowing to a trickle, I was away from my woodshop last week.  My family and I, including some extended family, rented a farmhouse in the western part of Virginia – a relaxing retreat in an early 1900-era farmhouse.  This required that I put my table build on hold for a week, but it was a welcomed and blissful change of pace.  Although I am not particularly fond of leaving dimensioned project pieces unassembled on my bench for too long, it is sometimes unavoidable.  Now that I’m home and fully energized from my exposure to the outdoors, I hope to make copious progress this coming week.  If you find yourself in the very unfortunate position of having missed the first installment of my table build, then I highly recommend that after you’ve completed reading this delicious word ensemble that you bring your attention here.

A Chisel Rack in Cherry

February 16th, 2018

Organization probably isn’t my strongest attribute in my woodshop but I do give it a solid effort. A lot of the hand tools that I use are stored on my pegboard on my side wall, including my bench chisels. In the past, when I would need a different sized chisel I would have to make trips to the pegboard from my bench. In order to fix this time waster, I decided to make a chisel rack for all of my bench chisels. This way, I could bring my entire set of bench chisels over to my bench in one shot.

The entire chisel rack was made from scrap cherry and didn’t require very much of it. It was designed so that the bevel side of the chisels would be prevented from rocking and would be trapped between two rails. For those rails I decided to use through tenons and I made them 1/8″ proud of the surface where they exit.

The entire project was made using integral tenons, which is a rarity for me. I finished the project with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal which has quickly become my favorite finish.

Watch the build video here.

New Twin Screw Vise

January 31st, 2018

I recently made a new twin screw vise to replace my older one (build video).  There’s nothing wrong with my old one; I just wanted to make a new one that was a little more aesthetically appealing.

For my new one, I turned my own screw blanks at the lathe instead of using commercially available 1″ dowels.  Aside from the look of the front jaw, the wooden screws are the only difference.

If you’d like to build your own twin screw vise, I have very detailed plans available for a small fee.  I am giving my old vise away to a Patreon member that has already been selected.

 

Old Twin Screw Vise


New Twin Screw Vise