Turning a Walnut Vase

Each month I make something and then give it away to my patrons over on Patreon.  This month the project was a walnut vase that I turned on my lathe.  I’m not a super experienced turner so this is a great way for me to get some practice and another upside is that turnings shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg to ship.

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If that isn’t your thing check out the video below to see how I made the vase.  Thanks for watching!

Best House Hold Cleaner for Saw Blades

I’ve never cleaned one of my saw blades.  I used to just buy what I’d call disposable blades from the big box store.  Usually Freud blades.  They are great blades and relatively inexpensive.  

A while ago I purchased two Woodworker II combination blades from Forrest Woodworking.  These blades are significantly more expense but provide a great cut and can be resharpened by Forrest.  My plan was to use one up, send it in to be cleaned up and resharpened and then just use the other blade until it needed the same treatment.  Well of course I used one blade then started using the second without sending the first one in.  Now I have two blades that are covered in gunk and need resharpening.  I’ve heard that simply cleaning the blade will bring it back to life and perhaps a sharpening isn’t necessary.  So I decided to see if any of the household cleaners I have on hand would do the job.

Check the video below to see the results.

After all is said and done, I don’t think that I’ll be waiting to send my blades in any longer!

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How to Build Pallet Wood Herringbone Benches

I’m not a big fan of pallet wood.  If you’ve followed my work for any period of time you know that I typically don’t build from it.  It’s just not my cup of tea.  However I was commissioned to build a pallet wood project for a customer.  She wanted two benches in the herringbone style.  This style was extremely popular a few years ago as I write this in 2017.

If you’d like to see how I built the benches check out the video below.  And if you’d like the plans to build these benches yourself you can check those out here!  Herringbone Bench Plans.

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How to Attach A Table Top

I’m often asked how I attach a table top to the base of the table.  If you’ve been woodworking for any period of time you know that wood expands and contracts along its width.  Because of that you need to attach the top in a way that allows it to move as it needs to.  That is why I use table buttons that I make myself in my shop.  Want to see how I do it?  Check the video below.

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Building Walnut Strip Doors

I was commissioned by a client to build several pieces of furniture that incorporated walnut strips, specifically a few credenzas and a table base.  Those projects while challenging were nothing compared to these doors and the issues I encountered building them.  Check the video below for details.

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Extending Trestle Table

I was recently commissioned to build a Trestle table.  The only issue is that the client wanted the table to extend and accept a leaf in the middle.  This is tricky as trestle tables generally aren’t able to extend due to the stretcher that goes between the two leg assemblies.  Because of this I came up with a rail and guide system that allows the top to slide apart with out the base moving at all.  Take a look at the video to see how I built the table.

If you are interested in any of the tools that I’ve used during this build visit the links below to get more information.  These are Amazon affiliate links which means if you make a purchase through one of my links you won’t pay anything extra but I’ll get a small kickback from Amazon.

To see a list of all my tools visit http://mccauleysdesign.com/about/tools/

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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:

 

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.