Inside Out Turned Ornament

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.

2016 Woodworking Holiday Gift Guide Under $50

2016 Woodworking Holiday Gift Guide Under $50

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.

 

    • Chisels – Even the most devote power tool woodworker needs a set of chisels!

    • WorkSharp WS3000 Sharpening System – While this one is more expensive then $50 the woodworking in your life will love how easily they can keep their tool edges sharp with it.

    • Kreg Pocket Hole Jig – Not everyone uses pocket holes all the time but they sure are handy and everyone has a use for them sometimes.

    • Kreg K5 Pocket Hole Jig – This jig does the same thing as the previous one but it’s faster and easier to use.

    • Pocket Hole Screws – If you are making pocket holes, you need the screws to go with them.

    • F Style Clamps – Not only do woodworkers need lots of clamps, they need several different types.

    • Leather Strop – If you are using chisels or plane irons in your shop you need one of these, along with the honing compound to keep those edges sharp.

    • Bench Cookies – Similar to the painter’s pyramid, these are great for keeping your work stationary while sanding or planing.

    • Bench Dogs – A must have accessory for any workbench with 3/4″ diameter dog holes.

    • Hold Fasts – Along with the bench dogs, if your woodworker uses a workbench these are a must have accessory! Be sure to buy two of them.

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!

All of the links above are affiliate links.  That means when you purchase something, anything, through a link I’ve provided I’ll receive a small kick back from Amazon at no extra cost to you.  Thanks for the support.

Streets of New York | a Jimmy DiResta Film

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.

Enjoy the video:

 

A New Handle…

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.

Building a Split-Top Roubo Workbench

Recently The Dusty Life Podcast hosted a workbench build off. I decided to build a split-top Roubo bench.

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. 


Walnut Barn Door

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.

 

 

Reclaimed Bar Top with Epoxy Finish

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.

Products used:

Festool 574447 XL DF 700 Domino Joiner Set

Festool 498899 Assorted Domino Beech Tenons and Cutters in T-Loc Systainer

Festool 561593 Carvex PS 420 EBQ Jigsaw

Grizzly G0715P Polar Bear Series Hybrid Table Saw with Riving Knife, 10-Inch

Jet JJP-10BTOS 10-Inch Bench-Top Jointer/Planer

Rockler 3-Piece Silicone Glue Brush Application Kit

Best Bar Top Epoxy

Minwax 70046 1 Quart Wood Finish Interior Wood Stain, Red Chestnut

DIY Diamond Discs for WorkSharp WS3000

I’ve had my WorkSharp WS3000 for around a year now and I love it.  It is super fast and repeatable, two things I really enjoy about a sharpening system.  It is also very clean compared to water stones.  What I don’t like about the WS3000 is that the paper abrasives used to sharpen your plane irons and chisels wears out rather quickly and it isn’t cheap.

There are other options out there for diamond discs for the WS3000 but the reviews weren’t great and I wasn’t about to spend around $150 to get the whole set up to find that I wasn’t satisfied.

Recently I put out a video about tuning up an old Stanley No. 93 shoulder plane.  In the comments section of that video it was mentioned that I should make my own diamond discs.  That is exactly what I did.

Check the video below to see how I did it.  And if you’re interested in doing this yourself you’ll find links to everything I bought after the video.

Work Sharp WS3000 Wood Tool Sharpener

6″ 120Grit Diamond Lapidary Faceting Flat Lap

uxcell® 6″ Stone Granite Diamond Grinding Wheel Disc 400 Grit

6″ 1200Grit Diamond Lapidary Faceting Flat Lap

Flexible Magnet Sheet With Adhesive, 0.030″ Thick, 12″ Wide, 24″ Length (1 sheet rolled inside tube)

The above links are all Amazon affiliate links.

Making a Segmented Bowl

Recently I had to opportunity to make a gift for someone.  I decided to turn to my lathe and give a segmented bowl a try.  I’ve never done any segmented turning so this was a bit of a gamble but it actually turned out far better than I expected.  Check it out in the video below.