All posts filed under: Alabama Woodworker’s Guild

Building The Scott Meek Wave Grip Jointer Kit, Part 2

This is an interesting project because the construction process has me doing some things I don’t normally do. Case in point is the wedge for the jointer plane. This part is the second component in this project which I have been stressing about. My thinking is that for the wedge to properly hold the plane iron in place, it has to be perfectly shaped in thickness. If while forming the wedge, let’s say the left side is a little thicker than the right edge, the plane iron probably won’t stay in that perfect spot while in use. The perfect spot is where a tissue thin ribbon of full width wood is effortlessly removed from some wood (like at the end of this video). But, one thing I have going for me is Scott Meek’s Popular Woodworking video in which Scott explains in great detail his process for making wooden body hand planes; things to look out for and what to do if something doesn’t go just right. I had been watching this video on an …

Using My Backup Workshop

I joined the Alabama Woodworkers Guild about a year and a half ago. I quickly began thinking of the guild’s Woodworking Education Center (WEC) as my backup workshop. The WEC is a former schoolhouse now converted into a killer shop and is about a 20 minute drive from my home (photo above). It’s where the guild’s monthly meetings occur and then the various guild woodworking classes use the WEC to build projects. In the photo above, you can see a table being built for an upcoming Habitat for Humanity home. A key benefit of being a member of the Alabama Woodworkers Guild is my ability to use all these professional grade power tools as I build my project. Since my last blog post on the tool cabinet, I have been to the WEC twice; but these two visits have been the first time I’ve used the guild’s tools, specifically their big, honkin’ jointer and then the equally honkin’ thickness planer. Take a look at the these two tools… I decided to use the WEC’s professional …

AWG Weekend With Bob Lang

How is it that I spent the whole weekend woodworking and did not turn on my table saw a single time. I am using screws as the primary joinery on my current project; a new tool cabinet, but I did not pick up my drill at all. How then did I participate in woodworking without spending a single second at my workbench? I took two classes organized by the Alabama Woodworkers Guild featuring nationally known woodworker, Bob Lang as teacher. FRIDAY NIGHT The weekend started Friday night at the new and promising City Hardwoods in Birmingham, a new hardwood supplier which had some amazing exotic lumber (wide and long boards aplenty). This location was the back drop for an overview of SketchUp with Bob. Bob is very much a SketchUp expert having written three enhanced ebooks on the subject and has taught countless classes (I reviewed his most recent SketchUp publication here). The attendance was good (about twenty-five people attended the $25 class) and Bob went over the finer points of SketchUp for three hours. …