Friday, December 18, 2009

The Wood Shop Jr.

Well as explained before, my family and I have again moved back to Wisconsin, It's good to be home, I don't believe we ever should have left, but what do I know. anyhow

We now reside in a small 2 bedroom upstairs of a duplex. Not a whole lot of room to move around at all, and no space for a real shop, The only saving grace for my sanity...I mean my hobby (could be insanity just as easy I guess) is a small almost 5 by almost 9 space at the bottom landing. It is here I have settled the shop for the time being.

I have wanted to do more hand tool work anyhow, I's my opportunity... I have to say as far as efficiency goes everything is at reach, but as a matter of poor pity me, I miss my table saw and I really miss my workbench. The other than hand held power tools the only thing I made space for is my bench top band saw. Relegated to the floor when not in use.

I am proud of the construct I made for the woodworking vice, a 2x4 scrap and there you go. I secure it to the cabinet top with 4 screws when I need it and back the screws off to reposition or remove it completely. What I wanna work on now is a bench dog system with some wedged stops and maybe a Wonderpup (Veritas)

Anyhow here are some pic of the new shop we'll see what I can wrangle out of here.


Finishing the antique buffet repairs

well I thought I should finish up what I started here by setting out the pics of the finish of the repair, I know it has been a while, the family is finally starting to get settled, next post I do will show the new shop and what I've done there but first to finish the repair of the buffet,

After I stripped the whole thing down to it's bones I started by replacing the floor of the interior cabinet, the original piece was held up in the back by a small scrap of wood, I placed something more substantial that would support the floor all the way across, I also added a support cleat in the middle. Placing this cleat was difficult until an idea dawned on me...I needed to do one of my top five favorite things to do. Go shopping for a new woodworking gadget!!!! I went and got a Kreg pocket hole jr. jig, worked like a dream, and since then I have come to love the little thing, infact I'm not really sure how I got along without this thing for so long. It's like moving from dowels to biscuits... love it!

Anyhow, cleat in placeand shelf set it was time to glue and clamp the pieces back together. This actually fell together pretty easy and left me with just regluing some of the veneer and adding supports around the bottom drawer area, withthe mirror back in place I supported it with some small ripped scraps of pine and covered the back with the rest of the 1/4 in luane plywood that I bought for the floor of the cabinet.

I was relieved when the piece came back together, I have to admit I was scared of turning the thing into a pile of kindling, but the piece is once again sturdy and functional, can't ask for much more than that I guess.