maandag 21 juli 2014

Workshop move 2.

My wife's school is moving to a new location, and the old kitchen is being left behind. So I got permission to grab what I could and haul it back to my shop. I got some cabinets and a kitchen sink and have been working hard all weekend to get them up in my shop. It is still one big mess, but this is what the shop is going to look like.

In the back to the left is a metal working area, to the right next to the door is the wet area where I have plenty of space for sharpening and all other kinds of wet things. In front of that is my woodworking bench and on the left side of the shop are the "new" cabinets with plenty of space to finally store all my tools in a decent spot. The few powertools I have will have to live in the front of the garage, on wheels, so I can easiily manoeuvre them into position.

Most plumbing and electrical work is done by now, time to move all the tools from the boxes to the cabinets. Oh yeah, this is going to be one hell of a workshop!

vrijdag 11 juli 2014

Grain orientation in panel glue ups

Very often you see the recommendation to alternate the grow ring orientation when doing a panel glue up. Otherwise they fear that your panel will bow enourmously. An example I just plucked from the Internet:

When alternating the cup up and down, you should get a washboard effect in the panel, but not that enourmous bow over the entire length. Now, you almost never use a panel as a free standing object, It is usually build in a construction and the rest of the construction tries to keep your panel flat. When you have all the little cups it is actually harder for the construction to keep your panel flat, because the lever arm is much shorter.

In real life panels don't always behave like they should do either, I have an old table top standing in a corner of the garage. On close inspection it proved to be bowed all the way over the entire width.

But the grain in the individual boards was perfectly alternated, up, down, up, down:

Which shows how usefull theory can be. :-)

In the mean time I am inching forward on the workshop rebuild. The bench is moved into its new position, and I have attached the old table top to the wall above the bench to be used as a tool rack. It starts to feel like home allready!

dinsdag 8 juli 2014

Workshop move

There is not much woodworking going on in my place at the moment, and the blog suffers. The windows are finished, painted and all. I am now gearing up to replace 8 meters of fencing and much more painting. And in the mean time I am moving my workshop too.

Our property had a stone shed for the bicycles and garden stuff, a wooden shed that was the home of my handtool workshop, and a single car garage where the tablesaw lived, together with a motorbike, my woodstash and loads of junk. I had long since contemplated to change this configuration, but I was dreading the amount of work involved. But I had to replace a few sidings from the wooden shed, which forced me to clear out half of it anyway.

So , the idea is to move the wood stash, plus all the junk that can't be thrown away yet, to the wooden shed, and make a nice workshop in the garage. I'm going to miss my cosy little wooden workshop, but will get loads of space in return.

It is a bit of a logistic nightmare, but slowly I'm getting there. I made a sturdy rack for all the bits of wood I've collected over time. It had to be freestanding, because the walls of the shed are quite flimsy. It is now loaded with a bunch of wood, but I made it large enough for loads more :-)
And yes, that's a motorbike engine in front, A 1951 BMW R25, needing a bit of attention. One day...

The garage is clear on one side now, so I can move the workbench to the new spot. I think I have a lead on some kitchen cabinets, so I can make proper storage and a real sharpening bench in the garage. I am still contemplating to make a wooden floor, at least in part of the garage. A wooden floor is a real asset in a workshop.

woensdag 18 juni 2014

And why I love handtools...

Just a simple example. I had to fill some holes to hide the screwhead. This is a typical application for a plugcutter, but I don't have any, and the holes are 11mm which is a weird size.

So what to do? Being a handtool junky I just scribe a circle on a piece of wood and cut it with the bowsaw. Easy peasy.

In the meantime I have installed the windows. Now I just need to do a lot of painting, not in the least painting the wall again to repair the demolition damage.

woensdag 11 juni 2014

Painting, not what I like most.

This is not my favorite part of the job: Painting. But the new windows need a good coat, so I just have to do it. All is now primed, glass has been ordered, hopefully next weekend the weather will be fine so I can install them.

In the mean time I have discovered some serious damage to my workshop. It is a small wooden shed, and several boards have been silently rotten away. I have allready replaced one, but after demolishing an old fence at the back of the shed, I discovered more damage. At this moment I am clearing out the workshop, moving everything to the garage, so I can gain access to the bad spots.

That means of course, not much fine woodworking will be done in the near future. i think this is great opportunity do some much needed reorganisation of my workspace, clean out loads of rubish and sell some tools I don't really need anymore (or didn't need ever).

woensdag 28 mei 2014

Window mortise and tenon

Gary asked how the mortise and tenon in these windows works. It wasn't quite clear from my description. So, here is a picture where you can see how the tenon from the rails inserts into the mortise of the style.

But it is still not quite clear where the angled part of the style is, so I made a quick sketch, a crosscut through the mortise and the tenon.

Hopefully it is clear now?

dinsdag 27 mei 2014

Windows, almost there.

Tonight I have planed all around the windows to make everything presentable. Removed the glue from the corners. Rounded over the edges. And planed a drip profile in the bottom of the movable window and relieved the same with an angled cut, so it has room to swing out of the frame.

And that's where I am at the moment. Next job is fitting the hinges and putting the first primer coat on the wood.