As you may know, I recently moved to a new shop where I’m building furniture full time. This gave me the opportunity to overhaul my old dust collection system. Previously the system used a 2hp single stage collector with 4″ flex hose running to all my machines. I was never happy with its performance and assumed it was the fault of the collector since my shop at the time was small and the runs were short.
The new system uses the same 2hp collector but the ducting is 6″ diameter HVAC metal ducting with 4″ diameter flex hose only at the tool. This system performs so much better than my old set up. I now blame the olds system poor performance solely on the flex hose.
Check out the video below to see how I installed the new system and look below the video for links to the products I used in building it.
Items used in building the dust collection system:
I recently purchased a L. Power & Co. 12″ jointer. It is massive and made completely of cast iron.
I got a great deal on the jointer but of course I had to move it from its current location to my new shop. This presented some challenges. Here is the video of the move.
To get the job done I enlisted the help of my Dad and a few friends, Gib Clark and Mark Saunders. Gib is one of those guys who knows a lot about a lot of things and he was instrumental in getting this job done. Mark was generous enough to let us use his truck to haul the jointer in the U-Haul trailer that I rented and my Dad was the extra muscle.
We stated moving the jointer by removing the 3 phase 5 horsepower motor and blade guard. This just make the jointer a little easier to maneuver through the shop. Then we slid the jointer on to a 2×12 and used a pry bar to get some short lengths of conduit pipe under the 2×12. This allowed us to roll the jointer to the other end of the shop where the garage door was located.
Once we had the jointer to the door we were fortunate enough to be able to use the owner’s Bobcat to lift the jointer out of the shop and onto the trailer that I rented.
Gib brought some tow straps that we used to provide spots to lift the jointer from using the forks on the Bobcat. Once we got the jointer off the ground, placing it in the trailer was a piece of cake.
From there is was only a 3 mile drive to my shop. At my shop we unloaded the jointer using a chain fall that Gib attached to a beam on my ceiling with some steel rope. We simply backed the trailer into my shop, and used the same tow straps to attach the jointer to the chain fall. We then very easily lifted the jointer off of the trailer and drove the trailer out from under it.
To get the jointer into its spot in my shop we lowered it on to the metal conduit pipes again and rolled it into place.
This could have been a much more difficult process and I really want to thank my Dad, Gib and Mark for all their help. I never could have done it with out them.
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For a long time I’ve wanted to turn a Christmas ornament for our tree. Each year the holidays come and pass and I never have the time to make it happen. This year was different.
I grabbed some walnut and mahogany I had laying around the shop and got to work. This was my first attempt at doing an income out turning. It’s not perfect but it is certainly acceptable for a first go. If you’d like to see how I made it check out the video below.
Every year people always ask what sort of gifts I would like for the holidays. Of course my mind immediately goes to woodworking, as does theirs. But buying gifts for a woodworker can be intimidating. We all have our own preferences and gifting something that falls within those preferences can be difficult.
This year, I’ve decided to put together a list of woodworking related gifts that can be purchased for the woodworker in your life. Or that the woodworker in your life can point you to for a little help. The majority of these gifts can be had for $50 or less!
Corner Chisel – This is a super handy tool for cleaning up the corners of hinge mortises.
This is just a small list of things that any woodworker would love to get as a gift for the holidays or any other occasion. I personally use many of these very same products or would love to have them in my shop. Buy with confidence for the woodworker in your life this year!
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An episode or two or three ago the guys at the Making It Podcast suggested that someone out there in the world make a compilation video of every time that Jimmy DiResta said “streets of New York” in his video celebrating 600,000 youtube subscribers.
I waited a little while before making the video because I assumed that later the same day that the episode was released the video would exist. It didn’t, so I made it.
If for some reason you haven’t already, be sure to check out Jimmy’s YouTube Channel.
We have a hairbrush and the handle broke off of it. So instead of throwing it out I turned a new one for it from a walnut scrap.
This was a really easy and simple project and I debated about whether or not to film it at all. However, it afforded me the opportunity to begin to get used to using my traditional turning tools instead of the carbide tools that I typically use.
If you’d like to see how I fixed the brush, check out the video below.
The bench measures 6′ long by 24″ wide and 34.75″ high. The top and base are made from SPF construction lumber. The leg vise chop, wagon vise and sliding deadman are mahogany and the planing stop is walnut. The bench has other walnut accents as well such as the vise handles and hubs.
Having a real workbench in the shop is a real game changer. I can’t believe I waited so long to build one. Check the videos below to see the build process.
Seems like sliding barn doors are all the rage these days. Turns out I was recently commissioned to build one. In my case, it was just the door. The client took care of the hardware so I didn’t have to deal with that.
I built this one out of walnut lumber. I absolutely love walnut. The basic construction is frame and panel. It came together really nicely and all in all its a pretty simple build. If you like to see how I went about it check out the video below.
I was recently commissioned to build a bar top from reclaimed 2×4 lumber that was pulled from the walls of a home that was being renovated. The client wanted the bar top to be finished with bar top epoxy. This is something I hadn’t had the opportunity to try before so I gladly accepted as I’m always looking to try something new. Check out the build video below then keep reading for information about the products I used and other specifics about the build.
The epoxy was definitely and experience. I ended up pouring two gallons of epoxy on the top and a lot of it ended up dripping off the edges and onto my floor. Of course I had drop clothes and other measures in place to catch all of the dripping epoxy. While the mess was contained, it was hard for me to see all of that epoxy all over my shop.