Having a buddy in the shop is always a good thing. Sometimes our buddies are human, like my buddy Greg that helped me build the Thomas Walnut Dresser. Sometimes our buddies are dogs, like Shannon Rogers’ buddy Alex, a great looking dog that sleeps in the shop and occasionally hits his head on things. Tom Iovino has (and is) a Shop Monkey. And of course Tommy MacDonald has Al and Eli. So today I thought I’d introduce you to my woodworking buddies.
Hayden is almost four now, and loves to come into the shop. She has her own little projects and work area, and a little toolbox of plastic tools. I think it’s time to build her a little bench and get her some wooden tools.
Who are your shop buddies? Do you have fond memories of being a shop buddy?
I’ve been holding on to some video for a while, things have been busy at work shipping the Internet Explorer 9 RC. If you aren’t running IE9, you should, and check out the Site Mode Integration for Upper Cut Woodworks.
Today was a snow day, so I’ve been working at home and getting through some blog backlog. Marc Spagnuolo posted on Twitter “one of the first things I’m going to do in the new shop is make a break-down spray booth. I hate the nibs yo!” and Shannon Rogers replied “@WoodWhisperer I hear that, did you catch @uppercutwood’s post on his knock down booth?” So I figured it was time to get off my butt and post the final video for the spray booth. Marc is currently moving his shop back to its previous location and he’s going to take the time to design a very functional space. I can’t wait to see the completed shop.
I’ve made a lot of progress on the Trophy Bases this week, as you’ve seen in my recent posts. After ensuring my miter gauge was perfectly square to my blade and my blade was 45° to my table it was time to batch out the sides for the trophy bases. These are just 8” x 8” boxes with mitered corners. After laying out the pieces on the board, I numbered them to keep them in sequence and rough cut them to length with the miter saw. Then I mitered one end on the table saw using a stop block to ensure the piece didn’t slide along the miter gauge fence. When that was done I moved the stop block to the correct length, flipped the pieces around, and cut the other miter.
Here’s a tip: after you rough cut the pieces they may be different lengths. When you cut that first miter, you’ll want to use a stop block for extra precision, but you don’t want to move it for every piece. In your stack of four boards, find out which is shortest, and set the stop block for that piece. You can then cut the miter on all four pieces precisely without moving the stop block.
To clamp the pieces I lay them out on my bench, inside face down, in sequence. I then use (lots) of blue painters tape to pull the edges together tightly. When the pieces are held together I stand them on edge and check the dry fit and make any adjustments. You can tell you’ve made the tape tight when they sort of snap or pop into place. After the dry fit I lay them back on bench, this time inside face up, and brush glue onto all the miters. The whole assembly then rolls up and the last joint gets taped. I check for square and twist, and while I go cut the miters on the next box, I clamp the box to a board held in my bench vise. This helped keep the assembly square while the glue set.
When the next box was ready for glue up, I removed the previous box from the clamps and stacked it on the jointer table.
Here two boxes are done and waiting for their glue to dry so they can get cleaned up.
After going through lots of blue tape, all six boxes are done.
So how did they turn out? Check out the video to see a nice, tight, grain-wrapped miter, and please – leave a comment it would be great to hear from you!