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Workshop Tour

It seems that workshop postings have slowed down considerably since Steve posted his. I can’t compete with his, but I’ll show (parts of) our workshop anyway. The main portion of our shop is on the lower level. I chose to utilize the space...

How I Get The Most Out Of My Small Shop

Most hobby woodworkers probably have small shops, the majority most likely in one half of a two car garage. My set-up was a 2 car garage size but with only one enclosed bay and the other half was an open carport, but both are under the same roof...

Building Some Chevalets, a Class Action #2: Making Hand Tools with Power Tools

I would love to have the time to work on these chevys with hand tools without the noise, dust, and sharp whirly things but I’m on a mission here and time is of the essence. In that light, this morning started out (after cleaning up the glue-ups)...

My shop #2: Overvieuw

Below, counter clockwise, an overvieuw of my small garage shop. This is my 5 in 1 (saw machine, moulder, mortiser, planer and jointer) combination. You also can see my own build bandsaw and closet with dustcollector. My lathe which I bought...

My Roubo Bench Journey #23: Back at it, Boring and Mortises

After time off for Thanksgiving and fishing, I finished boring and bashing out the two Mortises on each of the two remaining legs. Here are a couple pics of the progress: Next up is sawing out the tenons on...

My Roubo Bench Journey #21: Stretchers= more Hole Boring, Mortise Bashing and Tenons

So after a long layoff, I put in a day of mortise layout, stretcher cutting, hole boring, mortise bashing and tenon cutting fun. Stretcher cutting, hand sawed this beam in half first, then to length. I started with a fine crosscut saw: It...

Work Bench Build #15: Update

Here’s another ten items finished, only about a dozen to go. Roubo Work Bench “to do,” list and, assembly order. ^ ^ equals completed work. ^ ^ ^ ^ Clean and dust workshop. ^ ^ ^ ^ Research styles and types...

A STORAGE SHED FOR MY BBQ GAS GRILL #10: Finishing Up

The carpentry work is finished and only the painting remains. I enjoyed this project and I hope it will be a convenience for us in the years to come. The space it occupies on our terrace is never used, so it was a good place to put it. The only...

I’M ALMOST OUT OF LIPSTICK

Is lipstick one of your necessary “tools” in the shop? How many of you woodworkers use it? My lip balm gets used regularly but my lipstick is just a special-occasion item. Today I installed hardware on the bed I’m making. The hanging plate...

My Roubo Bench Journey #17: One Leg in, three more to go...

I took what I thought was the worst fitting leg and started trying to remove wood where I thought it was binding. Using chisels, a block plane, a rabbet plane, a router plane and a float, I kept adjusting the dovetail tenon sides and cheek, as...