It is spring. It is finally warm enough to work in the garage. That means it is time to clear out all the things that were set in the garage over the winter and it is time to tune up all the tools.
Few things can match the satisfaction of sawing through a piece of wood – sawing smoothly, with sharp blades, running true, fences aligned and locked. It doesn’t take a lot of time to tune up a saw especially if you had it in good shape before.
Frank Howarth made a video called Self-Assembling Table Saw. It is fascinating to watch and is actually a pretty good prompt to use in tuning your own saws.
Frank’s YouTube channel has lots of great videos. I encourage you to visit it as Frank shares many projects as well as shop tips.
Today I want to share some images of a six pack tote I made. This is another entry in our recognition of National Woodworkers Month.
I saw a tote similar to this on Pinterest or some place like that on the internet. I loved the idea but knew I could make improvements in the design.
This tote is a reasonably tight fit for six pack of beer. The spaces in the tote are the same as the spaces in a cardboard box you would get from the store. The tote is tall enough that you have no worry of dragging your knuckles on a bottle cap.
The wood is cedar with a hand rubbed oil finish. The handle is copper. The box dividers all fit into rabbets and are glued in place to ensure rigidity. All the pieces of the box remain in place with a friction fit but are glued with carpenters glue. The side slats are nailed with copper tacks as a secondary means of attachment (and to look cool).
This tote is ment to be an appropriate carrier for some of the excellent micro-brews available.
April is National Woodworking Month. Any month is good for working with wood. In April we just take a little extra time to share our ideas and to show what we have done. I made many gallons of sawdust last year which led to my building a cyclonic dust separator and then I built a whole shop exhaust system. I’ll share those in a later post.
Today I am sharing a few of my more fun pieces. The first is a stool – this one is made of pine. It is 8.5 inches square and 12 inches tall. I sawed it out of a log by hand. This makes a great exercise program.
This second stool is made of a piece of hickory I had in the shop and it just called out to be used in something special. That turned out to be a stool made of hickory and galvanized pipe. You can follow this project step by stap on this page.
The last project I am sharing today is an end table I made. The wood is a croch from a hickory trea and the base is an assemblage of black pipe. It is just the right height to compliment my easy chair and it holds a cup of coffee and an iPad perfectly.
Come back soon as I will share more wood working projects and plans during the National Woodworking Month.
All of us try woodworking at some time in our lives. Usually the projects are simple – something to improve this or that around the house. A few of us go on to make things that are nice enought others want them. The folks might even make a living applying their woodworking skills. A very, very few of us do things with wood that can only be described as amazing.
Mike Jarvi is one of those rare few. Mike makes his Jarvi Bench out of a single piece of wood. Now this is no simple slab on legs, in fact there is nothing simple here. Mike starts with a log and saws and steams and bends and carves and finishes his amazing benches. It is much easier to understand after watching this video. When you are done you will understand why we include Mike Jarvi and his Jarvi Bench in the School Of Hard Rocks Hall Of Fame.