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It feels like I skipped around a little in the last episode and should have instead saved working on the legs until after the assembly work in today’s episode.
With that said, in this episode we’re assembling the box upon which the platform will rest and the legs will be attached. In other words, we’re doing the foundation work.
We’ll start by prepping the outside surface of the box itself, followed by joining the dovetails and then inserting and attaching the “undercarriage”.
Let’s bookend this week of awesome sales by posting something awesome from my friend Shannon Rogers, the brain behind The Hand Tool School.
Many of you have had an opportunity to sign up for a semester or two already and you know how amazing it is! Shannon demystifies hand tools in a way that takes you from hoping you can saw near the line TO splitting it like an 17th Century Master Craftsman.
Just in time for the holidays Shannon is offering a special deal for new or returning members. Save $20 off any semester or bundle a few together and save potentially from $75-$200!
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Don’t wait until it’s too late. Signup today!
It’s not all that unusual for me to hear from family and friends of woodworkers asking for gift ideas around the holidays, and every year I keep promising to put together a gift guide to help them out. Well I finally did it!
From books & online education to magazine subscriptions and tools, there’s a lot of great ideas out there to suggest. And if you’re a woodworker who’s worried your loved ones are on the verge of getting you something you really don’t want, maybe you should send them this page!
The 2013 Woodworker Gift Guide is a downloadable PDF with embedded links that will take the user directly to where they can find the item(s) listed at online retailers such as Amazon.com, Highland Woodworking, Shop Woodworking, Woodcraft and many more.
You can open the document directly from this page by clicking on the link below, or you can save it to your computer by right-clicking on your mouse and then choosing “save link as…” and it will then download directly to your computer where you can then send it to family and friends.
Depending on whether you open it in Adobe Reader or some other software, when you click on a link to an item there may be a warning message about the document trying to open an online window, etc.
I checked this out to find out if I had a malicious link and it turns out it’s actually a setting in the Adobe Reader preferences. To continue, just indicate it’s okay when prompted and carry on as normal.
And last, but not least, all the links are through my various affiliate programs with the different vendors, so your purchases help to support the show…but more important is that your family and friends will get you something you really can use in the shop!
Everyone loves receiving handmade gifts at the holidays. Be they as simple as cutting boards or as elaborate as a Highboy, the fact you took the time to create a gift that is like no other tells the recipient that they matter and you wanted to do something special for them.
But the reality of the situation is more like…you’re standing in the middle of your shop realizing that while you have the material, the plans and the know how you have ZERO time to build the gift you pictured in your mind (if you actually had a gift in mind…which I never do!)
Don’t worry though, we’ve all been there and thankfully someone had the foresight to think ahead and solicit suggestions and ideas to help us through the pressure of this season of giving.
From December 1 to December 7 of this year, Tom will be posting “last minute” ideas to help you come up with a few projects that will make you shine like the woodworking hero you are.
To find the projects, visit Tom’s website at www.tomsworkbench.com.
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Now that the Turkey and all the trimmings are back in the fridge it’s time to prep for the mad rush of the holiday shopping season.
If you’re like me, and I know most of you are, you don’t want to leave the shop even to go Xmas shopping even for loved ones. So I’m trying to make it easy on you by offering the links below.
Of course most of you won’t find that perfect gift for your non-woodworking loved ones at the majority of these stores, but the link to Amazon.com may be just what you need to take care of them.
Please remember, when you visit the various affiliate links in this post and on the website (like Highland Woodworking, Woodcraft, Amazon.com or even Shopwoodworking Bookstore) every time you buy something for yourself, the show gets a small commission from the sale. But in order to track your sales, your computer needs to be enabled to accept “cookies” so our affiliate programs can be sure the commissions are going where they belong.
Use code MATTSBASEMENT10 to save 10% at Shop Woodworking
Still looking for another way to help? Why not order some great MBW Podcast T-shirts, coffee mugs and more by clicking on the link to the MBW CafePress Store? Again, with every purchase, the show gets a small commission, but more importantly you get a great little something that you can show your friends and family!
Happy Thanksgiving to each and everyone of you who are celebrating today (for my international friends…happy thursday)!
May your bellies be full, your spirits fuller and your stretchy pants the stretchiest!
I’ve had an opportunity over the years to tryout a few versions of the Kreg pocket hole jig and I’ve always been impressed with their ease of use, repeatability and accuracy.
It’s not that Kreg radically redesigns the jigs each time, but instead they make small improvements to their look and feel that make them more user friendly while still working exactly the same way.
A little while ago Kreg sent us a new K5 Pocket-Hole Jig to use in the basement workshop. Considering I’ve always been happy with the K4 I was a little skeptical that I would see any significant difference between them.
As I suspected, the results were the same when it came to accuracy and repeatability but the big difference, as far as I’m concerned, is in its easier to use clamping system and its support wings. Both a very nice touch!
Considering purchasing a Kreg pocket hole joinery system? The K5 is a very nice model to add to your shop.
Also available at Highland Woodworking
It’s been a little while since I shared a video I discovered or was pointed out to me. Here’s a good one to get us started again.
A short film from Carla Ricci featuring Michael Gloor of www.gloordesign.com, maker of bowls and fine furniture in Exeter, Rhode Island.
Time to break out the turning tools and get turning. Very inspiring!
The Holidays are practically upon us and that means you’re going to need something to help ease the stress of decorating the house, shopping for gifts, visiting family and more importantly…making sure you get EXACTLY WHAT YOU DESERVE for being a good woodworker all year (that one’s a stretch for many of you, but let’s just roll with it).
For the next couple of days Shop Woodworking is having a 3 DVDs for $40 sale!
Stock up now on some great titles to help get you through the long winter, or at the least a long weekend with your in-laws. Hurry, sale ends November 22, 2013.
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It doesn’t matter how amazing the joinery or how beautiful the stock is that I’m working with, if this bed doesn’t have a decent set of legs upon which to stand, it’s not worth the effort as far as I’m concerned.
At 3-1/2” square, the ideal stock for making these legs might be straight-grain 16/4 maple, but for mine they’re being made from laminated pieces of 8/4.
And while these aren’t pretty in their design, their chunky style and solid construction ensure they’ll stand the test of time or Vanderlists…whichever is worse.
If you’re a fan of The Highland Woodworker like I am than you make it a point to never miss a single episode. Given that the show is available to watch whenever, and practically wherever you are, you need a pretty good reason as to why you can’t watch.
And if you’re not already a fan of the show, well…than hopefully this month’s episode will convince you not to miss another one.
Imagine my excitement when I received an email from Charles Brock asking if I would be interested in producing a short segment for the series all about my own website?
It goes without saying, it’s a huge honor for me. But regardless of how excited I am about being included on the show, there’s some even more great content this month you shouldn’t miss, including the following:
To checkout all the episodes of The Highland Woodworker visit them at www.thehighlandwoodworker.com
There’s nothing I hate more than being late getting the next video posted in a build series! Unfortunately life happens and that’s all I can say about it.
The good news is that I’ll be back in the shop soon to finish up this next episode which features my technique, over on the band saw, for cutting a taper on adjacent faces on these large leg blanks (large enough that I can’t use my table saw the way I prefer too).
Stay tuned for the full feature episode to be released soon.
I have officially arrived my friends! That’s right, Matt’s Basement Workshop Podcast has the privilege of being featured on the upcoming episode of The Highland Woodworker in their Woodworker’s Community Spotlight segment.
I’m extremely excited to have been asked and can’t wait to watch the upcoming episode for more reasons than to see my own little segment. There’s a lot of great features coming up, especially the Moment with a Master segment featuring Jim Tolpin.
And that’s just the icing on the cake as far as I’m concerned! There’s so much more, you should set some quality shop time aside to be entertained and educated…a perfect combination if there ever was one.
In case you’re NOT like me and my co-hosts who prefer their books ELECTRONIC there’s good news! The hardcopy versions of Marc Spagnuolo’s brand new title “Hybrid Woodworking: Blending Power & Hand Tools For Quick, Quality Furniture” are now available.
That’s right, the long awaited release of the printed version (which I have no doubt will become an important resource for so many woodworkers) is ready and waiting for you to order.
There’s a few different ways to pick up your copy of the book, either through The Wood Whisperer Store on Marc’s website (you can get an autographed version there), through Amazon.com or over at ShopWoodworking.com.
Regardless of where you get your copy from, or how you prefer it (digital or hard copy) you’ll find a ton of great information on ways to blend the best of both tool worlds (hand tool & power tool) in your shop.
As Marc points out, using real world scenarios from his own shop, understanding how to get the most from your tools will make all the difference in how you approach your projects and maybe even in your next tool purchase.
One aspect of Marc’s writing that I really appreciate is that he doesn’t emphasize there’s only one way to do a task, instead he explains in detail why his approach to it works best in his own shop and how it might work equally as well in your own.
I’m always leery of instructors and writers who approach a topic with the mindset of “my way is the only way and these are the only tools you can use to do it…”
As you’ll see for yourself, Marc is far from doing that in this book and actually takes the time to demonstrate options for just about everything.
If you’re looking for a reference book on blending the best of both hand and power tools in your woodworking, and one that gives options for some of the most common tasks along with also taking the time to explain the pros and cons of them…then this is exactly what you’re looking for.
Happy Veterans Day to all of our military friends and family. Thank you for your service in both peace and conflict. It’s because of the sacrifice of the few that the many can live their day-to-day lives that we’ve come to know and cherish.
Over the last 7+ years that Matt’s Basement Workshop has been producing content I’ve had the joy of hearing from, and in some cases meeting in person, some of the men and women who served this great country of ours. I’ve received emails and in one or two cases hand-written letters thanking me (and my fellow podcasters) for providing a taste of home during their time away from it. I’ll always cherish their correspondences and remember these individuals long after I retire.
On today’s Veterans Day please take a moment to thank our military men and women for all they do, all they’ve done and all they will do. Thank you again for your service!
Congrats to Lynn Hewell winner of a copy of Tom Fidgen’s latest title “The Unplugged Woodshop: Hand-Crafted Projects for the Home & Workshop”!
Thank you to all who entered the contest, hopefully you’ll pickup a copy of Tom’s books for yourself and build the projects you mentioned in your entries.
I know very few people who haven’t been touched in one way or another by cancer. It’s a horrible disease that doesn’t discriminate due to age, gender or ethnicity.
Thankfully, in my lifetime we’ve made huge strives in cancer treatment and early detection. It’s safe to say there are numerous forms of the disease that use to be a guaranteed death sentence for our loved ones, but through research and clinical studies we’ve been able to extend their lives long past expected time spans only a decade ago.
And just as important is the fact that those extensions in time are also quality years, an important aspect we sometimes lose sight of in the battle to keep them alive.
The research and clinical studies that have made these extensions a reality are expensive. And as many have found out, they’re typically not covered by traditional healthcare insurance plans.
That’s where organizations like CancerCare come in. CancerCare is a national nonprofit organization that provides free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer: people with cancer, caregivers, children, loved ones and the bereaved.
To help support organizations like CancerCare it takes generous donations from individuals like us. And in my experience, of all the caring and giving people in the world, Woodworkers have been at the top of the list.
For 2013 Woodworkers Fighting Cancer are building these cute little Child’s Art Easels.
For all the details on how to participate visit www.thewoodwhisperer.com.
There you’ll find links to submit a picture of your art easel, for which Marc will donate $5 for each one submitted by December 9, 2013. There you’ll also find links to download the plan and maybe even purchase kits from the folks at Bell Forest.
The goal is to raise $10,000 this year, something this community of ours can easily do. And if like me you find that you don’t have the time to build along this year please consider making a direct donation to CancerCare by CLICKING HERE, I did it this morning…it’s your turn now.
At Woodworking in America 2011 the must see speaker that year had to be Graham Blackburn. I know I stuck my head in the lecture hall while he was teaching and immediately sat down and didn’t move.
Graham is an amazing speaker and can translate his wealth of woodworking knowledge into a captivating lesson that’s guaranteed to keep you interested and fill your head with an amazing amount of detail and information on the topic.
While I had no intention of purchasing any books on hand tools that year, as soon as Graham finished the discussion I was one of the many to rush to the front of the room, snatch up one of his titles and then wait in line to have him autograph it while I pretended to know a thing or two about hand tools.
The title I picked up was Graham’s “The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Woodworking Hand Tools, Instruments & Devices”.
Looking back I have no idea why I didn’t grab the other two that are included in this month’s Value Pack over at Shop Woodworking. Maybe I’ll take the plunge and add them to my library this month considering I almost paid this amount for just the one?
To see a snippet from that WIA 2011 lecture I attended checkout this video:
I wrote a post a little while ago about how I WANT TO BE Tom Fidgen after reading a preview of his latest title “The Unplugged Woodshop: Hand-Crafted Projects for the Home & Workshop”.
Once I wrote it, I was a little concerned it would come across all Buffalo Bill”ish” “I want to wear your skin”, so I should set the record straight so no one thinks Tom should carry around a scary sharp 1″ butt chisel in his pocket for protection from me.
I WANT TO BE Tom Fidgen-like when it comes to how I approach my projects.
The truth of the matter is I am extremely inspired by this book. I had hoped it would still leave me with the same desire I had when I finished reading his first book Made by Hand to pare down my shop to a handful of hand tools and spend more time enjoying the peace and calm that comes from using and appreciating a muscle-powered tool versus an electric-powered one.
And when all is said and done, I do! I can’t help but find myself seriously considering changing how I woodwork. Not WHAT I woodwork, but HOW I go about building the same projects but in an unplugged way.
If I had to pick a single project from the eleven he created for the book, it would have to be either the “Good Doctor’s Medicine Chest” or “The Gentleman’s Valet”. Both are amazingly designed and constructed and so well detailed in the book I have no doubt in my mind I can build them…but it’s not just these two projects.
Tom has done a masterful job of detailing each project from start to finish. Every project has a story, and each project includes a great little drawing of the plans in the beginning followed by the steps, tools and techniques that make them unique.
But what good is all that if they aren’t laid out in a way that the reader can follow along and appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into them? Well no worry there, because they are. They’re so easy to follow along and build in your own shop that it says a lot about Tom’s skill as an instructor.
I’m going to stop here, because there’s no way I can continue to describe how much I appreciate adding this title to my library. And that’s where the title of this post comes from, “The Unplugged Woodshop: Hand-Crafted Projects for the Home & Workshop” has made me so angry in the sense I can’t wait for the day when I can unplug all my power tools and just build with tools powered completely by me, unfortunately that day is quite a ways off. And that makes me angry (or sad and I’m confused about my emotions).
Either way, when it finally happens, any anger I feel now will just melt away one saw stroke at a time…
I hope you’ll feel the same way when you get your copy. And to help speed that process up, I have a copy to give away.
To enter for a chance to win it, leave a comment here on the website telling me which of Tom Fidgen’s projects from either this title or his previous one you’d most like to build.
Not sure which ones you can choose from? Visit the following links where you can preview the table of contents to see them.