The Woodshop Shed

adventures in woodworking and home maintenance, from my shop in an oversized backyard shed

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Ray Iles Large Drawknife Tool Review

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Tool: 8″ Drawknife Shop Now  Manufacturer: Ray Iles MSRP: $88.45 In October of 2017, I took a chairmaking class with Larry Barrett, a student of Jennie Alexander's who has built on the beautiful designs and methods used in …Source

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Child School Desk and Wooden Chair

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Child School Desk and Wooden ChairLast year when the whole COVID thing started, the schools ended up making all of the kids work virtually from home. My son was just starting Kindergarten and I wanted him to have his own space. If anyone has priced children's furniture online, it's ludicrous. So I decided to build a solid wooden school desk that he could pass down to his own children some day. The desk turned out so nice that I ended up making a matching kid-size chair to go with it.I designed these entirely myself, no plans. I built them out of Ash that I purchased at a local Amish sawmill and I think the project cost $40 in wood. It's the first time I've worked with Ash and I really do like it. It's a lot like Oak only easier to machine in my opinion.The desk and chair are both assembled with pocket hole screws (I'm glad I bought that Kreg jig years ago). I used a bowl cutting bit in my router to create the recessed area for pencils, etc.Because I built the desk and chair out of Ash, they have some weight to them. Nice and solid. My wife even purchased a small 12×12 cushion on Amazon for the seat.Needless to say, this was one of my favorite projects. Eventually he'll grow too big for it, but I'm sure to get a few more years until I store it away for future generations.



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1850 bookcase

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1850 bookcaseOur historical society owns and maintains a house….........and the claim to fame is that Abe Lincoln spent the evening in the 1860 home….....and his height was measured at 6 foot 4 inches in the doorway. Two people have extensive collections of Lincoln related books they want to donate to the house but we have no bookcases.So, being a woodworker, decided to build and donate 2 bookcases to the house. I wanted them to be period correct, but when I searched the Internet I only found an English 1850 bookcase. I concluded most Americans in 1850 owned just 1 book, the Bible, and therefore did not need a bookcase :)I decided I would use the electric version of sawing and drilling, since they had manual saws and drills. Router was ok because they had hand planes.The only thing I noticed that was different on the 1850 English cabinet was the back panel. Today, we would use plywood, but not available in 1850…......so they used “floating panel” method commonly used in kitchen cabinets to allow for expansion and contraction. I cut off some 1.25” long cut nails to about 5/8” length and put 1 at the top and bottom of each floating panel in the center….......so the panel can still expand and contract.I went with rectangular cut nails versus modern nails. They still sell them, but they are expensive. I usually use steel bent table top fasteners, but since they were not available in 1850, went with wood version. I used a lot of dowelled joints. No nails are visible looking at the outside of the cabinet (they are on the back or under the base)I have always used polyurethane, but since that was not available in 1850, went with pre-mixed Amber shellac from Ace Hardware. Had not trouble with shellac, but man it dried quick, in about 1 hour !!Main cabinet is red oak, and back panel is common pine.You can see all the details at my woodworking web site using this link.This was a fun project…........now onto building unit #2, which should go a lot faster since I know what materials and methods I will use :)



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Finally a solid workbench.

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Finally a solid workbench. Finally had time to make a workbench since moving into my new house. Its modeled after the plans from woodsmith. The top is 4 layers of 3/4 mdf. The base is 2×4 and 2×6.



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'Frankenbench'

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Editor's note: this article originally appeared in the February 2013 of Popular Woodworking A dream deferred - and that's just fine. I've dreamed about my Workbench for years. It will be solid maple, top to bottom. It will have …Source

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2021 Editor's Choice Tools

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Like most of the woodworking community, I spent more time in my shop during 2020 and 2021. Over the last two years, I used a variety of tools and gained new appreciation for a handful of them. Some of these …Source

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