When I slabbed a huge oak, the «skin» of the tree was left over. I took one of’em and made a bench out of it. Live edge slab. No waterfall, epoxy or spalting though…
Accurate marking of mortises, dovetails, lap joints and what have you, needs good tools. I bought two different marking gauge models from Veritas. Let’s review!
I want unique things, as long as they are identical! My magazine page home decor demands it! Serial production of uniqueness???
Which style of tools should we use? Are pull better than push? If a katana slices a silk scarf floating to the ground, the tools from that culture MUST be good. Right..? Onegaishimasu!
Splitting bed rock open is usually a blast! A slightly more safe way is using feathers and wedges. Feathers… and wedges????
And it took only a week to do so! I noticed some minor cracks in one of the planks of my side table top, but thought nothing of it. Until I sat a while in silence next to the table. Then I raised up.
Richard sometimes start his videos with “righty then!”. So I’ll do the same for this article about the build of a side table in oak.
Paul and Stevie hollered on about the piano keys living in perfect harmony. Since ebony is VERY expensive, let’s make a cheaper wood very black using the ebonizing technique.
Measurements is meaningless unless you know the uncertainty, Walter said. Being a physics professor, SI units was the norm. Join the dark side of the empire, and you’ll wonder how many Fahrenheit there are in a cup.
Should the vise be mounted flush with the apron, or with a spacer? This is a topic that are discussed from time to time, so I’ll give my stack of dimes on the subject.
Sharpening is a subject with exponentially more solutions than there are woodworkers. Squared. Hurl a wad of cash at it, and you will get sharp tools. But for basic hand tools, I have chosen an affordable and simple solution.