Monday, February 17, 2014

Simple Resaw-Fence Dust Channel

I had a problem on my last cut while resawing some stock for the back column of Angle Madness. A simple modification to the fence would help to avoid it in the future.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Shop Tips - Organization Ideas that Worked for Me

I've been asked a few times for a shop tour.  You see the shop enough in project videos :) but a recent request added "because I see some ideas in the background I want to know more about".  Ah, that I can do!

I recorded this beginning of December and promptly forgot about it. Ironically, I started using a tool to better organize clips for editing because it "hides the clips that aren't for the current project". Well, out of sight, out of mind :)

Hope there are some ideas in here you can steal, improve, and put to use.  I needed to get organized cuz as my dad would put it: I try putting 10 lbs of crap in a 5 lbs bag :)


I had a lot of queries about the plastic boxes I use for manuals. For people in California or Hawaii, find a Marukai Market near you (4-5 in LA, one in San Diego iirc, and one in the Bay area).  All those boxes were purchased there and are generally $1-$1.50 each.  Buy lots :)

I can't find a US online store that has them (Marukai's are imported from Japan and the labels are long gone).  However, I found Amazon UK has both the slim ones and the deep ones.

Lee Valley at one time sold the boxes as a special purchase. They are long gone, but I wrote Rob Lee tonight to ask if they'd be interested in another run. He said they have ordered more a few months ago and will have them by the end of March 2014 for an April promotion.  You'll be able to pre-order them in March.  Product number is 99W0145 and will be a pair: one legal size, one letter size for $7.60.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

No Comment #2 - Dem Legs

I admit it, I nearly forgot to get back to the remaining build videos of the Tim Burton table! mea culpa...

This episode goes over the legs; not going to go over the actual shaping process as that's just rasping, but do cover how they were designed and laid out and something useful for anyone making a table: how to easily level it.

Next episode will cover the finish as I did that before assembly. Since I'm going to the shop after this post to work on finishing Angle Madness, it shouldn't take forever for the next episode :)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

YouTube channel improvements and a fun video

Awhile ago, YouTube changed rather dramatically to link the G+ social network into its comment system. That was a bit of a mess.  However, at the same time, they updated how the channel page works and I now can create sections on the channel page for certain videos.  I've since created a section for Angle Madness besides a few other projects, like the Tim Burton Table (No Comment #2), the Sculpted Mahogany Vanity, and the Quilted Maple Frames.

The videos under each section are in reverse chronological order and if you are logged into YouTube, it will remember which videos you've seen already and watermark the thumbnail with "Watched".  Makes it a bit easier to navigate around.

I still cross-post those videos here as well as other non-video content. Certainly searching, whether with the search box to the right or the label cloud, is much easier here than there :-/

The link to my YouTube channel was buried up there, here it is again: Half-Inch Shy YouTube Channel

-yawn- boring post! ...but here's a cool video on making trees with a lathe... someday, I'd like to try this!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Angle Madness! - Odds 'n' Ends

Before closing up the drawer boxes with the top panel, they need glue blocks in the corners. Normally this isn't something that needs much discussion, but these blocks are special (as you can see from the photo!)  Each needs to fit into a corner gluing two sides and a bottom panel. With the angles, each drawer tier has 16 custom-fitted glue blocks; some aspects are mirror imaged from other blocks, but each requires a different saw setup.  Won't bore you cutting them all, but will show how you extract the included angle between arbitrary sides like those in this project so you can exactly match the angle for a block.

We'll also make a unique marking tool to eliminate some of the error I was seeing in marking the panels for the rabbets.

Overall, it's an odds 'n' ends episode. Next episode, you'll start with the boxes all glued up (top panel as well) and sanded ready for the outside surface finish.

I chatted with Charles Neil about some goals for the final project's finish for the boxes, burls, and the lower support box in WengĂ© I haven't yet started (it's just a box! no, really!!)  I gave him a run down of the design including some elements we haven't worked on yet and why they are there. He came back with 2-3 schedules for the boxes and some great tips for what I wanted on the burls.  I have some experiments to run this week to see what the final finish will be; we'll go over the options and how they worked out, too, in case something that didn't work for this will work for something you are working on.