All posts tagged: workshop

Moravian Workbench: Leg Assembly Is Complete

It has been a long, long time since I last reported on the progress with my Moravian workbench. I have been taking my time cutting the four different leg joints to ensure I get them right (or reasonably close to right). My methods have relied heavily on power tools for the bulk of fabrication and then gaining a tight tenon fit using hand tools. Warning: this is a long blog post with a lot of photos. Let’s dive in by reviewing the various leg joinery… As far as I can remember, I have never made a through mortise and tenon joint. This joint is difficult to make well because the fit between the tenon and mortise can be easily seen. Making a nice, tight, square mortise and then duplicating that same shape on the mating tenon is time-consuming and even a little stressful. After having made the dovetail joint at the base of the leg (something I did twice before I was happy with the result), I made the angled mortise which will ultimately house …

Building The Paneled Wall

With my tool cabinet completed, my next project has been finish the paneled wall to the right of the cabinet. The tool cabinet and the paneled wall are step two in a long-term project to hide all the stuff (junk, furnace, water heater) that has traditionally been a part of the photos of the items I make. Part three of this project will be to get rid of the rickety handrail which is void of any spindles. In its place will be a better handrail system to include spindles making the stairs more safe and better looking. Building the new paneled wall involves mostly trim carpentry work and I had to come up with a way to make this small section of wall removable. We keep our luggage in this area and there are more items stored on the opposite side, so being able to easily get them the few times we travel means a removable wall. The most challenging part of this process will be getting accurate angled cuts. But, after thinking on what …

New Tool Cabinet: Eleven Drawers Completed!

I knew making eleven drawers for my tool cabinet would be a long process. And making all of them inset drawers would add a level of complexity absent with overlay drawers. One thing I did not count on is the paralyzing anxiety I felt when it came time to process the curly maple from long, slightly warped boards into smaller, flat drawer fronts without tear-out. Drawer fronts which fit within their drawer openings with perfect gaps on all four sides. And that is the truth: I was stressing over ruining my prized curly maple. This lead to at least a two-week break from any meaningful woodworking. But, I did move forward and here is where we pick up the story… Firstly, let’s review the basic construction of each drawer… I used dowels to join the 1/2″ thick oak sides to 3/4″ pine drawer fronts and backs. Then, the curly maple drawer faces are added using the process below… The hardware I am using is from House of Antique Hardware and I selected three items: bronze …