Hand Tool Cabinet Drawers Followup

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drawersI know I said back when I did the video of the drawers I was going to do another follow-up video.  I will be honest, in many ways, I felt that video is a bit of a disaster, so much that video prompted me to retool my video production capabilities a bit.  However, I am ready to move on to other projects and videos, so I decided to finish up the drawers without the eye of the video camera.

knobThe first thing I worked on was the pulls.  I went through several design ideas, including sometime on the lathe, band saw, and shaping with hand tools.  In the end I went with simple square pulls that taper inward.  I did this by ripping a couple of strips of maple on the band saw, with the table set at 15 degrees.  Keeping the fence and table in the same position, I crosscut each strip to the square pulls.  I sanded them down thoroughly, and glued them on to the drawers.  After the glue dried, I put a good coat of boiled linseed oil on each drawer.  I let them sit and cure for a week.  I then sprayed them with several coats of shellac, and then gave them a light sanding to smooth out the finish.

full_cabinetWhile completing the drawers for the hand tool cabinet is a significant milestone in its build, I will not call it done.   As my hand tool collection grows and evolves, new additions will be made to the cabinet.  I will of course document them here and on video as well.

When I posted the pictures of the drawers out on social media, I got quite a few comments about the Asteroids sign on top of the tool cabinet.  The sign is an old marquee off of an Asteroids game cabinet that I bought via E-Bay.  When I was a bit younger, and not yet married, along with some coworkers, I set out to start build an arcade cabinet.  I built a control panel, but never got beyond that.  I had the marquee lying around, so I built a small case for it, and put a light behind it.  Skip ahead a few years, after moving out of thatasteroids house, getting married, going back to school for my masters, and several job changes it had been put in a corner of the garage and gotten forgotten about.  When I hung the hand tool cabinet, I did a fairly extensive clean out of the garage.  A lot of junk gotten thrown away, when I came across that sign.  I found that the light still worked, so I put it on top of the cabinet, and plugged it in with the shop lighting.  It now displays proudly whenever I am out working in the shop. While the sign has nothing to do with hand tools or woodworking, I often think back at what I had when I made that sign.  I was still living on my own, and had a very modest amount of tools, mainly for home renovation.  I didn’t have anywhere the woodworking tool capacity that I have today, but yet I was able to build a simple piece that has held up well over the years.

What a journey its been, and will continue to be!

Video 9 – GRR-Rip Block Storage

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jointer_grripblock_storageLike most jointers, mine came with two basic push blocks.  While they are safer to use than nothing at all, there is a better alternative out there.  A couple of years ago I bought one GRR-Rip Block at a woodworking show, and loved how it worked on the jointer.  I ended up buying a second one, and both are now dedicated for use at the jointer.  Since I no longer use the standard push blocks, and I didn’t want to start the new ones on the jointer tables, I decided it was time to change the storage on my jointer to accommodate the GRR-Rip Block.  I used scarp material from around the shop to put this together.  Since I got all my measurements off the blocks and jointer, I don’t have and any drawings on this one.  Just make sure that the bottom board is wide enough to accommodate both blocks as well as the two side pieces.  For the length, make sure it is long enough for the back support and the length of a block.  The new storage solution for the GRR-Rip blocks works very well to keep them out-of-the-way when they aren’t needed, but are easily grabbed when I am ready to face joint a board.

Painter’s Easel

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easel_complete The artist of our family is most definitely my step-daughter.  As her skill and talent develop, she needs a true easel, rather than books propping up a canvas on the kitchen table.

The construction is a basic a-frame style easel.  The center rail has a rabbet running down each side of it, forming a reverse t-track.  This allows the bottom shelf and the top clamp to be adjustable for both height and various sizes canvases.  The two movable parts lock in place with a couple of star knobs which essentially clamps them in place.  The support leg is adjustable so that the easel can tilt at various angles.  easel_inuseThis is accomplished  by using two lengths of wood, one of which has a through groove ran down most the length.  The other has a knob to hold the two pieces together.  A third piece links the to the lower length of wood and to the main a-frame of the easel.  This makes for a very stable support leg.

I decided to keep the wood unfinished.  This is because I honestly didn’t see the point of finishing it.  With being used to paint on, it is going to get messy.  Also, there is a good chance my daughter will want to paint it to make it her own.  She is the artist after all!  For this reason, I used poplar for the wood, both for the economy as well as it takes paint nicely.

This was a fun project to build!  In addition to that, I am looking forward to seeing the wonderful works of art my daughter will create on it!

Video 8 – Paper Towel Rack

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SketchUp Drawing – Paper Towel Rack

paper_towel_rackOkay I did have some fun, perhaps too much fun with this one, but both our cat and dog make a guest appearance in this video. :) I will state for the record, despite the light cast on the Pudge, our cat, she is a very good cat.

This project is good way to help freshen up the look of any kitchen. If I had to change one thing on the design, I would have put the rabbets on the sides rather than the back. It would have eliminated the clamping issues I had in the video, as well as made a cleaner looking joint. I had actually debated whether I wanted to redo the entire video to make the design change. After thinking it through, I felt there is still a lot of good information in the footage I had, and attempting to recreate that footage, some of that information may have been lost. However, this will be something I keep in mind as I design future projects for video.

The wood I used in the paper towel rack is cherry, and the finish is shellac that was buffed with a carnauba wax finish. It has hung over the sink for about a month now, and everyone in the family loves having it now.

March 2015 Shop Update – Redesigned Website!!

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logo So if you haven’t noticed yet, I have completely redesigned my blog!  Before I get into too much detail, there is a group of people, that are in The Woodwhisperer Chatroom that I need to give a shout out to.  First is Travis (aka SynCro) he took the photo that I use as a logo, and made it into a more usable image for me, and his advice went a long way in coming up with the header design.  He did a great with it!  Next is Jason (aka Beamer) as he gave some great design advice as well helping me debug some Javascript and CSS.  Another shout out to Gary (aka EI).  He also did some treatment to my logo that I hope to eventually turn into a t-shirt design.  A big THANK YOU to you guys!  Finally, one last thank you to the entire chatroom.  The feedback you guys gave really inspired me to reconsider my ideas of web design.

There are a few features I want to highlight on the redesigned website.  First, the fresh look is a huge improvement over the old one.  The new look was long over due.  Next, I have made it easier to find the various avenues to subscribe to my content with the social network bar under the main menu.  More links will be coming soon as I am expanding those options as well.   Another improvement is that I made the comments links more apparent, in hopes that more comments are left.  The last new feature I wanted to highlight is the Video page.  Since I am planning on making videos a more integral part of my blog, there is a video page where my most current videos will be nicely laid out.  Over the next days & weeks I will likely be making tweaks as I go, so if you seem something out-of-place, let me know and I will get it fixed.

2015-03-30 23.56.33On the topic of videos, yes it has been too long since my last video release.  The good news is I have footage for two more video projects that are ready to be edited.  The delay in getting them edited was a result of getting the website redesign going.  Now that is complete I am going to circle back and get those videos edited and posted.  I really do want to get to a point of where I can post these weekly, but that may take a while to build up to.  Right now, especially since the weather is improving, I am hoping to get them out every other week.  If you have an idea of project you would like to see a video, leave your idea in the comments, or send it to me via the contact link.

kimmyLast, I mentioned a couple of updates ago that I quit drinking pop just after Christmas.  It has been 3 months now and I am happy to report that my beverage of choice is still water!  I have not touched a can or bottle of Coke or Pepsi at all since then.  I have lost around 10 pounds as a result, and have found I have a lot more energy.  Now with the weather warming up I try to take a daily walk with our dachshund mix, Kimmy.  The next phase is also trying to take the bike out a couple of times a week as well.

Until my next shop update, happy and safe woodworking to all!