All posts filed under: Note to self

TV Console: problems, problems

All is quiet in the shop. I have run into a series of problems with my current project and I am taking a break. I vowed to be brutally honest on this blog. With each project I offer a critique; you know, what went well and what didn’t. I started a series of posts called “Note to Self” where I offer a lesson learned. And with this post, I am going to open up about the problems which have already surfaced as I tackle the TV Console project. This weekend has been a humbling time in the workshop. I have quickly learned that when it comes to processing lumber like my African mahogany, I am woefully unprepared: I don’t have a jointer that can put a straight edge on long boards. I made a jig for my tablesaw that has helped, but I need a jointer with a longer bed. I don’t have a thickness planer. The mahogany has subtle variations in it’s thickness and some of the boards are warped. A thickness planer could …

Note to self #4

Over the past two days, I have completed only a little woodworking. Most of the evenings have been spent working on some project plans and watching House and Glee. But I have worked a little trying to complete the three drawers of my built-in; most of it in the mornings before work. It’s nice outside now, and great just to raise the garage door and let the cool morning air in. In the photo above, I have an unforeseen problem. After taking the trouble to mount the drawer slides properly and making sure that the interior of the cabinet as well as the drawers are nice and square, the front of the drawer is not parallel with the face frame. You can see this in the photo if you look closely at the space between the drawers and the face frame. When I add the oak drawer fronts, I am concerned that this will look bad. I am not sure why this alignment problem exists. What I think is causing this is that when I …

Note to self #3

One of these days I will learn to stay away from the pine lumber sold at the home center. I am talking about the 1x stuff which has become some pretty horrible lumber (as opposed to 2x material which is very handy for some projects). I spent about 45 minutes in Lowes this past Friday buying material for the torsion box beams used on my workbench project. I really searched for the right material to fit my needs at this point. The beams are going to be six feet long and the sides are to be three inches deep (see the plans in this post). Buying a full sheet of plywood would leave too much waste, so I turned to dimensioned stock for the sides. After looking at alder, poplar, select pine and the really bad “Top Choice” lumber, this is what I settled on… Stain grade – really? This pine panel seemed perfect for my project. This pine panel was six feet long (no waste in length), was straight and flat. Since I am …