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Minor Bench Top Repair

December 29, 2013 1 comment

As the blog for the Small Tool Chest Handles came together I noticed in one of the pictures an indent in my bench top. Going out to take a look, I realize that the plywood top must have a cavity and it was caving in one spot. After briefly considering building a new bench, I decided a quick fix was in order.


Cutting away the area surrounding the cavity with a chisel was simple. I found a scrap of poplar in the bin and cut it to rough size then placed it over the cavity and marked the edges with a knife. Cutting along the marks I fitted the replacement piece and glued it into place.


A minute with a plane and it’s ready to go. Now on to a new project!


The World of Woodworking is closer than you expect!

December 28, 2013 2 comments

One of the best parts of my blog is the group of followers that read and comment. They provide laughter, criticism, advice and  links to projects yet to be built. I have a group of bloggers that I interact with regularly, and may others that stop in occasionally.  I’m not sure how many followers I have, but I am much more aware of the many countries they come from. Finally after a year of watching I have reached South America with someone from Chile and Columbia reading. As I look at the countries around the world I often wonder about the wood that these readers are using, the different styles they encounter and tools and techniques they use. Sadly many of the readers from countries outside of the United States have not “Followed my Blog” so I am unable to see if they have a blog of their own.


A couple of days ago an email notified me of a new follower to my blog.  Looking at the email I could see they had a blog of their own and although it was in German I took a look. Pictures of stacks of lumber, beautiful hand made planes and  cabinets danced across my screen. The year of German that I struggled through in school was of no use and I wistfully looked at the page seeking to understand what was written. Then it suddenly dawned on me that I could grab the words and using Google Translate read what the blogger had written.  A few clicks and suddenly German became English and I was thrilled. I immediately showed the blog to my 12 year old daughter and how Google Translate worked. She smiled pointed to her Ipad and said “yeah, works great, I’ve had it for a while.”

Here’s to my latest follower Volker has a great blog with wonderful pictures and a great writing style. I hope you will take the time to follow along.

For myself and all of the other woodworking bloggers, if you are reading a blog and have one of your own, please Follow or send a Like. I would love to see what is going on in woodworking around the world, and if it’s not in English don’t worry, I’ll take the time to read it in Google Translate.

What’s Next?

October 10, 2013 3 comments

The end of every project is a great time to take a look around the bench and spend some time cleaning, sharpening and reflecting. since I am not earning a living from woodworking I have the luxury of time. Sweeping up, it’s amazing where all of the shavings and dust accumulate. I have three projects in mind and they follow from the coffee table just completed.

20130908-142341.jpgThe tool box is the next project in Paul Sellers Masterclass series. It sits upon the cabinet in the photo. It includes panel construction, dovetails and as in all of Pauls’s projects, great skill building. I work out of a tool chest based upon The Anarchist Tool Chest and I love it. The design works well for storage and accessibility.

However, I want to make more of an effort to get tools off of my bench as I work. When I was at woodworking class we had benches with a tool tray in the center. This was brilliant and it kept tools below the table top and within easy reach. If I ever build a new bench there will be a center tool tray. Many people have criticized the use of a tool tray as a collector of dust. It is  a great safety feature that allowed me to keep tools at hand, but below working level where I could accidentally catch a sharp edge. The bench I am currently using is adequate and until I have a shop worthy of a new bench, I will not have a tool tray.20130908-142212.jpg

Since there will be no tool tray in the near future I’m also remembering  a small apron on the bench that allowed us to keep the tools off to the side. I really liked this and was teased by my fellow classmates for how clean it was kept. (Yes gentlemen, I have not forgotten) If they had really been paying attention, it would be clear that I was storing tools in use in the center tray

20130908-141859.jpgand upon completion of a part, sharpening and returning tools to the side tray. The tray worked well in the classroom, however I would like to utilize the small tool chest to keep tools accessible. I think setting it adjacent to my bench will serve as tool tray. Paul Seller’s Tool Chest definitely in the future!

Clamp Storage is a topic that comes up for all woodworkers. There are many articles in the magazines and blogs that throw out many great plans. Clamps have always been stored under the shelves above my bench. This has been effective. There are a couple of problems…..sometimes I end up pulling out all of the clamps to get to the one on the bottom which is usually the one I want. My fingers are tired of being pinched between the many clamps jumbled up. With the additional clamps I purchased for the coffee table project I need a new system. Anyone have thoughts on what works well or what to avoid?

The last project that I have in mind is a matching side table to the coffee table. There are many lessons that I learned during the project and I would like to put them to good use. I think a smaller table that is square and matches the coffee table would look nice.

As if these three are not enough there is a blanket chest to be made, another desk and so forth. No I’m not ignoring these at all, I think in my skill development the tool chest will give me the panel skills that these projects require.


Chair Repair

July 19, 2013 2 comments

A few weeks ago a co-worker mentioned a chair that he needed to repair and inquired about borrowing some clamps. Happy to lend the clamps I went a step forward and volunteered to glue the joints. Little did I know that I was about to embark on an adventure.


The chair is a beautiful example of mission furniture and I intended to capture its dimensions when I finished, however it slipped my mind. The joints have opened up over time and it should only take a small amount of time to open the joints, clean them up and re-glue.

My first problem occurred when I could only get one side of the leg apart. Mortise and Tenon joints attach the rails at the bottom of the legs which come apart easily. The dowels however are loose but will not come out of the holes. Additionally two are cracked. I ended up drilling out the existing dowels. I then realized that one of them is a custom dowel with the hole on one side bigger than the other. Followed by nails in one of the mortises I can see that the chair was repaired previously. Needless to say what looked like an hour took four. It certainly is a nice chair though.