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Winter 2013-2014

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  • Just a saw bench

    by Steve Newman     Tuesday, April 8, 2014
    Built from a few parts. A 2x10 from the dumpster, one store bought 2x4x8' and a few scraps. needed to make this so I could build a workbench later. Legs sply out about 20 degrees or so. Used that step ladder as a workbench. I clamped a spare plank...
  • Workbench build in an Afternoon?

    by Steve Newman     Tuesday, April 8, 2014
    Some of the pictures of this little pjoject. That stepladder served as a bench during the build. The patio table held the few tools i used for this. The saw is an old Craftsman 7-1/4" all-metal circular saw, and a couple hand saws. Visegrip finger...
  • Mersman Table: reborn from the trashpile

    by Steve Newman     Wednesday, June 5, 2013
    Ok, found an old table in a trash pile awhile back. Top was in layers, two of the aprons had split apart. Legs were...Ok. Tore the mess apart, leaving behind a bunch of bugs. Saved two aprons, and all for legs. Even saved the hardware,covered in rust...
  • Lap Desk

    by Steve Newman     Wednesday, June 5, 2013
    From reclaimed barn wood? I had an old plank of the stuff, and needed a project to build. Decided to just "wing it" and make a lap desk, using just the boards on hand. Plank had a nice angle crack running the length of the piece. Sawed to get...
  • cheap table part three

    by Steve Newman     Tuesday, February 12, 2013
    Somehow, I don't like this set up used for pictures. Where was I? Ok, I guess i will just show the completed project, and the Chair it was supposed to match. Chair was my Grandma's, now belongs to my Daughter. let me know if you like it..
  • Cheap Table??

    by Steve Newman     Tuesday, February 12, 2013
    Ok, Daughter wanted a small Dinette Table for the kitchen. I had some old planks down in the Dungeon Shop. Milled up an old Oak 2x8 into four leg blanks. This is what passes as a tablesaw nowadays. I used the edge of the saw's base to set the width...
  • Hand plane's tale: Crash and rebirth

    by Steve Newman     Friday, July 27, 2012
    Awhile back, I had won a Diamond Edge #6c handplane. It was kind of rusty, front knob was cracked, everything was in one piece, though.. However, when the box arrived at my front door... .something didn't look quite right. The front of the part came...
  • Rust hunting results

    by Steve Newman     Sunday, May 13, 2012
    i needed a few planes for the shop. Decided to go visit a few "thrift stores" in my area. Found a few rusty, CHEAP planes. Just needed some work to clean back up , and return to service. A Stanley Bailey #8c at one shop @ $25??? Sold !! Kind...
  • Workbench project

    by Steve Newman     Sunday, May 13, 2012
    Is underway. i started with some old, nail-sick, UGLY beams from a garage that fell down, old age. enough for four legs and some other items. I also had a beam laying around outside of the shop, kind of buggy. Wound up takingan axeto plane off the buggy...
  • Blanket Chest

    by Steve Newman     Monday, November 14, 2011
    From a few old Oaken barn rafters? Yep, after pulling a few pounds of nails, resawing down to about 3/4" thick, and planning down nice and smooth, I wound up with a nice stash of White Oak. Purdy, ain't they? Made a box out of some of the parts...
  • Cedar Chest

    by Steve Newman     Saturday, June 11, 2011
    Out of Aromatic Red Cedar. I started with several rough sawn 8/4 by 6" wide boards. milled down into something my small shop could work with. "Plan" was for a chest that LOOKED like a small chest of drawers. A top drawer would be a false...
  • Pine kitchen island

    by Steve Newman     Friday, February 11, 2011
    Just $28 in pine, from Menards. The two shelves are panels sold at Menards. The legs are resawn from a 2x4. The spindles were resawn for a 1x4. The aprons were re-sized from more 1x4s, and cut down to 3" wide. This will get a paint & contact...
  • Kitchen island?

    by Steve Newman     Thursday, February 10, 2011
    And for less than $30! It can be done. I went to the local Menards store and got a few pieces of pine. A glue-up panel, 1x16x36, and another 1x12x36. Presanded, ready to use. I also picked up three 1x4x8's and a 2x4x8'. A small pack of 1"...
  • Some older tables

    by Steve Newman     Thursday, December 30, 2010
    A few pictures of some older tables I've made. Mainly a Shaker design, just simple tables. This one has been in a grandkid's room for awhile. Just some "pallet Oak". Old Skinny Leg, more of the Oak pallet wood. Legs were tapered on the...
  • Chopping a mortise..by hand

    by Steve Newman     Thursday, December 9, 2010
    At least that's the way I do them. I cut the tenons first, and then use them to layout the locations on the mortises. Once I've mark where they will be, I use a Marking guage to mark the sides of the mortise. Next, I use a narrow chisel to start...