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Winter 2013-2014

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  • What to do with an extra board?

    by Steve Newman     Thursday, November 18, 2010
    When i made that Floating top table, I had an extra 1x8x6' pine board. Needed a small project for this board. I came up with a "chair' of sorts, called a "Pouting Chair". Although this one would be a bit small, one could put a doll...
  • Old Floor boards= Blanket Chest

    by Steve Newman     Thursday, November 11, 2010
    Old Tongue and groove Pine floor boards from an old school house. Cleaned up, the T&G ripped off, left a lot of 3/4' x 3" vertical grain boards. Using a frame and panel construction, and raised panels, made a box for the Blanket chest. Raised...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Still working on a block of oak

    by Steve Newman     Friday, June 6, 2014
    Hmm, must have run out of room , so, here is the rest of the story ( I hope) Carving the top was just a few saw cuts, and some chisel work to make a step on the end. The rear end was just a chisel to rough out, then a belt sander to refine a bit to make...
  • Reindeer parts

    by Steve Newman     Wednesday, November 17, 2010
    To make that Reindeer: Basically, just four different kinds of parts, you'll need to make two of the front and back legs a body from that 1x6 Antlers, note the grain direction. Use a 3/8s round-over bit on both sides, the notch is cut to fit the notch...
  • Old Pin-nic Table

    by Steve Newman     Sunday, November 7, 2010
    That I re-cycled into a TV Table. I had about eight pieces of 2x6s from an old, non-treated Pin-nic table. I re-sawed some into useful pieces, cross-cut others into a top. The wood turned out to be redwood. The style requested was to be a "Mission...
  • 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...
  • 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..
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • First, get a block of oak

    by Steve Newman     Thursday, June 5, 2014
    And after awhile, you wind up with a wood bodied edge plane. Almost a skewed Rebate plane. Say this being built on a youtube show from China. Any way, here we go Not too bad a start? The cutter at one time was an old Harbour Freight Skew Chisel for a...
  • 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...
  • How I build a chest of drawers

    by Steve Newman     Saturday, November 13, 2010
    end panels web frames details of the frames face frames and drawers. Top in place Details of top's frame, showing a center stretcher. Plywood top sits in the rabbet around the edges. More to follow later...
  • Just...shelves

    by Steve Newman     Wednesday, November 24, 2010
    Every now and then, I get a board or two. No real project for just a single board. I usuallyjust make a shelf , fancy or not, depending on both the wood, and what "exras" I have on had, maybe a railing sitting on some dowels, or some Shaker...