A 2nd mortise and tenon

I found a couple of scraps of poplar in the basement and attempted my 2nd mortise and tenon. I have to say – Im much more pleased with this one. Its far from perfect – but it turned out way better than my first one. Working in hardwoods was much much easier than in whitewood….

My fist mortise and tenon

So I don’t mind admitting that I’ve become frustrated with the top Im building for the work bench. My decision to make one large flat surface by joining my two panels has left me stuck. I’ve been trying to smooth out two sides to glue up and have been failing miserably. So I decided to…

Making the 2nd top

Well – as things go – the 2nd top appears to be more difficult than the 1st top. I ran into all sorts of issues. I thought I had the hang of smoothing the edges of the boards before the glue up – and on some the process went quite quickly. However – on others…

The (extensive) hand planing begins…

So after my first lamination finished drying I took off the clamps and looked at what I had. I was a little disappointed in my clamping. Some of the boards appeared to have slid a little bit and I was initially worried that this meant that I wouldn’t be able to plane the boards smooth….

Building a work bench by hand

One of my goals this year was to get more into wood working – specifically hand wood working. I was sort of on the fence about the whole thing. I’ve spent years accumulating power tools and had thought that, as of late, I had become pretty darn good at getting things done with them. Then…

2019 Goals

Here we are – 2019. Yikes. I’ll admit that Im anxious to start the year with a new set of goals. I’ve tried hard the last few years to come up with a set of goals and in attempting to accomplish them has taught me a few things. First off – I have historically been…

Designing and cutting hold down clamps

I finally got around to making a set of hold down clamps for my Shapeoko CNC machine.  To be fair – I already had a set of these that I made in haste right after getting the machine but they weren’t what I wanted.  So in this video, I walk through how I designed these…

New PLA filament test print

In my last 3D printing post, I tackled the setup and first print on my new MonoPrice select mini V2 3D printer.  The print turned out great and I was excited to keep printing but that meant I needed some new filament to use for the machine.  As usual – I turned to Amazon to…

Setup and first 3D print

So I’ve been spending some time recently looking into 3d printing. Before I bought my CNC machine I was on the fence between a 3d printer and a CNC machine.  I ended up buying a CNC machine first since it was more practical for what I wanted to start building – but I still had…