Last time out,
Rob asked what you're building in the shop this spring. Here's what
we heard from some eZine readers.
spring woodworking project is a] workshop makeover. It started with
the idea that I'd like a more comfortable floor for my basement shop.
But it has grown into something larger. Since I had to remove
everything from the shop anyway, I'm rethinking the entire layout of
the shop. Over the last 10 years, tools and equipment have been added
and just kind of fit in where they fit. It's time to reorganize and
start over again. Not only am I moving equipment around so redoing
the duct collection ductwork, I've also purchased a new cyclone to
replace my old shop-built one. I also redid my lumber storage in the
other part of the basement as well. Frankly,
I have no idea what I will build next once the shop makeover is done.
I'm just hoping to get it done in some reasonable amount of time!"
- Scott Chapman
may be my most ambitious project ever. If I finish it. The desk is
designed to go into a specific space, so there are no top overhangs
on the back or sides. There are four full-sized file drawers with
full extension drawer slides, one center drawer and two pull-out desk
returns with their own wheels. All of this is per the user of the
desk, who will be (if I finish it) my wife."
- Don Butler
Doing (Or Not Doing) Doors
last issue's WebSurfer's Review, we highlighted a discussion prompted
by a woodworker who was trying to decide whether to buy new or make
the replacements for his interior doors. This respondent says
would reuse as many doors as possible. You can't buy wood as good as
was used in the 30s. What they junked passes for #1 grade now. Do not
sand or scrape the paint off dry. Use a liquid paint remover or have
them cleaned by a pro. As for the doors that need to be
replaced, I would suggest looking in a salvage yard. Again, the old
doors will have better quality wood and may better match the style of
your house. Another option would be to rebuild the doors making new
parts as needed. Generally,
my thinking is to build those things you can't buy." - David
the Countersinking Discussion
last time out, there was a query in the Q&A section
countersinking a rule joint without leaving a notch. There's more
discussion of that topic over in this issue's Q&A section, too
(following the original reader's clarification of his issue), but we
also heard this comment from another eZine reader. - Editor
problem that Jim encounters is easily solved. My initial reaction is
that Jim is adding the hinge to either the top or the leaf and then
coming back to cut the mortise for the other part.
the top and leaf on top of your workbench upside down. Cut the
mortise for each side before even screwing the hinge on. Tim
indicated that the problem may be mounting the hinge upside down.
Although you can lay the hinge with the pin facing the top or out, it
doesn't matter, except for the work involved. However, there are some
considerations that need to be taken. First, is where does the pin
fall? Is it on the top or leaf side or split between the two? This is
personal and aesthetic preference. "Second, how far away are the
legs from the leaf when it is down? If the pin is toward the top,
then the leaf will have restricted travel when it is down. If the pin
is away from the top, the then leaf will have full travel and may hit
the leg. My preference is to give the leaf full travel. This way if
the leaf is hit when it is down, there will be no strain on the rule
joint and the screws will stay strong. What I do is lay the hinge,
with the pin side away from the top, into the mortises and screw it
in. No notch is then visible.
second problem that I see is the selection of the hinge. Furniture
hinges are hinges are made differently than door hinges. The big box
stores usually do not carry furniture hinges, and you need to special
order them. What you are looking for is a special drop-leaf hinge
that, when laid out, is completely flat on one side. If you look at
the hinge in the photo that accompanied the question, you will note
that the pin casing is not flat but curves on both sides of the
hinge. These hinges are more expensive but worth it. Do a Google
search on the term "drop-leaf table hinges." In addition to
the various suppliers, you will find an excellent discussion on
installing drop-leaf hinges.
final thing I noticed is that you are taking the time to cut the
notch, so why not take the time to also mortise the hinges? This will
look nicer and add a more professional look to the finished table."
- Phil Rasmussen
even this late in April, we have people who are still chuckling over
our annual April Fool's Day edition of the eZine from April 1 ... we
think. - Editor
just received another copy of your online newsletter stating that the
first was an April Fool's copy. The
only thing is, now I have a backyard full of animals, birds, etc. and
an ark half-done. What am I to do with the animals and a
half-finished ark? A quick reply would help, because elephants do
make a big mess and the neighbors are starting to complain."
human-powered lathe is of a poor design. I have attached
photos of my hand powered bike gear lathe. I save the $30 to $50
electrical hookup cost at craft shows." - Donald and Nancy
the Shell Stink
in response to a questioner in eZine Issue 298, expert answerer Tim
Inman mentioned in passing his wife's collection of seashells -- and
their occasional odor. This reader had a solution for that. - Editor
lived in Florida for many years and knowing what is going on with
your wife's seashell collection, below are several solutions to a
smelly bathroom on a warm humid day. But before we consider the
solutions, let's discuss two things. I assume that the
shells are in a glass jar. If for no other reason - GET RID OF THE
JAR! A glass jar is not the place for bare feet in the bathroom.
Think safety here. Second is that seashells are porous and contain
many microorganisms which are now dead and rotting. So the shells
need to be treated again for health and odor reasons.
1. Go to a hobby store (Michael's, for example), buy a can or two of
clear resin, cast and encase the shells in a block of "plastic."
This has many pros, such as, if dropped or tipped over, you don't
have a mess of shells to pick up. If you are going to keep the shells
in a jar, switch to a plastic jar or canister. 2. Put a
tight-fitting, nonporous lid on the jar/canister and don't open it on
humid days. Take the jar of shells out of the bathroom to another
room where the humidity will be lower. 3. Take all the shells out of
the jar and clean them. I don't mean soap and water. You need to get
rid of the organic material that is left in and on the shell.
Depending on who you listen to, you would use bleach or ammonia, but
never the two combined. Some people soak the shells for a period of
time; others boil them. If you decide to boil them, do so very gently
and beware that the shell may dissolve or crack. When boiling, use
some bleach OR ammonia in the water. Good luck and enjoy a sweeter
environment. Also, your wife will appreciate it." - Phil