No woodworking class this week. but me and my mate did a bit of woodworking, and we made this dovetail (?) joint
Not supposed to be perfect, just a first attempt on a old bit of wood. A practice before doing anything to the painters bench or other projects.
After lots self congratulation, we left it overnight for the glue to set. Then today my friend says – do you think there is anything wrong with this?
Well what do you think?
a better demo of how to draw an oval or as they call it – Construct an ellipse with string and pins. Would have saved me writing this 🙂
more Geometric Constructions – or “how to draw stuff without a tape measure and protractor” ->
useful demos on those pages on making common angles like 45 degrees, 30 and 60 degrees, how to make a hexagon, how to make a line parallel to the one you’ve got.
I remember my maths teacher at school teaching us these, but I’d forgotten all about them… right, off to find a compass and ruler to practice them.
I’ve started the painters bench. I bought some wood in the week, but it wasn’t the same size as the plan.
Couldn’t get wood 12″ wide, or 1″ thick. Got wood 200mm wide (about 8″). which i reckon will be ok for my bum – or will encourage me to not sit down on the job too long.
The bench in the plan was also 3foot long – which i drew out on the workbench and i thought it looked a little too big. So i’m making the seat 700mm long and 200mm wide. I’ve cut the legs to length (350mm) and the stretchers.
Thats all i got done, except…
- I learnt how to be a good workshop helper. When someone is cutting a long piece of wood, you can hold up the end.
- some pythagoras – how to make a right angled triangle (a square) – especially good for big projects – like laying decking. Make a 3, 4, 5, triangle (3feet, 3 metres, 3 whatever)
had a few chats – people are making cool stuff
here’s a couple of them…
Half square joint cross and picture frame with mitred half joint.
Tonight I learnt some Simple, practical geometry. No Maths required. You just need 3 nails, a piece of string, a ruler and a pencil.
Just started a woodworking class.
- get some basic tools – rule, set square, tenon saw (more teeth per inch = finer cut), marking gauge, chisel
- a bench hook is great – and you can make one
- measure twice, cut once
- take your time, let the tool do the work
- mark the wood you are going to remove, and cut on the waste side of the line you’ve marked – you can always take more off, but you cant put it back.
- a saw can make a mess of your fingers – treat it like a big sharp chefs knife – keep your fingers away from the blade: tenon sawing
more tenon sawing
- rub a candle (never oil) on the side of the saw if it squeaks and sticks in the wood.