Education, Games & Hobbies
[LESS INFO] 1192 VIEWS | ADDED 03:24:58 02/15/07
For the very first time on The Wood Whisperer, we are going to build our first piece of furniture. I had a commission recently for a beautiful arts & crafts table made of alder. Only problem was, I needed to get it done quickly. And unfortunately, trying to film a podcast at the same time would prove detrimental to my promised time-frame. But since I felt this was a great project for you to see, I filmed as much as a I could and as fast as I could. So if things look a bit rushed or not as polished as usual, cut me a little slack. Here's the final cut list: Table Top: 36"W x 72"L (4) Legs: 29 1/4"L x 3"W x 3"T (2) Long Aprons: 64"L x 3 1/2"W x 3/4"T (4) Short Aprons: 28"L x 3 1/2"W x 3/4"T (8) Side Slats: 16 1/4"L x 3"W x 1/2" T I will be using the Festool Domino to construct this entire project. If you plan on cutting traditional integral tenons for this project, please include 3" extra length on all apron pieces for 1 1/2" tenons, and 2" extra length on all side slats for 1" tenons. In part 1 of this episode, I show you the process that I go through whenever I begin a new project. This involves some educated guesses and the use of SketchUp, a free program that allows you to easily draw 3D renderings.
[LESS INFO] 42 VIEWS | ADDED 18:17:31 02/07/07
In this episode, I review some basic methods for creating tenons, including using your dado blade an a tenoning jig. I also demonstrate the use of the new Festool Domino as a fast and easy way to create loose/floating tenons.
[LESS INFO] 18 VIEWS | ADDED 23:48:53 02/02/07
With so many joints in woodworking, its sometimes difficult to know where to begin. But there is one joint that stands out in my mind as the first joint every woodworker should learn: the mortise and tenon. This is the joint that separates our work from Walmart's. Are there faster ways to get the job done? Sure. But as woodworkers, with a focus on FINE woodworking, its our obligation to seek out the highest level of quality possible and to go beyond the "get 'er done" mind set. So with that in mind, check out Part 1 of the mortise and tenon episode where I discuss and demonstrate two common ways to cut a mortise.
[LESS INFO] 8 VIEWS | ADDED 00:35:46 01/26/07
In this episode, we have two more interviews: one with Steve Harris (local woodworking association President), and Mike Van Pelt (owner of American Sycamore Woodworkers' Retreat and Delta representative). And then some closing remarks by your's truly. Enjoy, my friends! Marc
[LESS INFO] 6 VIEWS | ADDED 20:13:07 01/18/07
One of my favorite events of the year has got to be The Woodworking Shows. If you've never been, you owe it to yourself to check it out. Its basically a huge convention focused on everything woodworking. From major power tools to router bits to shop consumables, its all there. And if shopping isn't your thing, there are ton of free demonstrations and seminars. In addition, there are a bunch of paid seminars that you can sign up for on the website at www.thewoodworkingshows.com. In part 1 pof this episode, I give you an idea of what to expect at a woodworking show and we even have a few interviews for you to check out. I hope you guys enjoy it. To find out when The Woodworking Show are coming to your town, check out their website at www.thewoodworkingshows.com.
[LESS INFO] 9 VIEWS | ADDED 19:40:26 01/15/07
When selecting a wood species for our projects, its always important to be aware of how much a wood might change color over time. What we see at the lumber dealer may be a bit deceiving, since many woods will indeed change with oxidation and exposure to sun. In this episode, I review a few of the more common ?color-changing? woods that you will likely encounter, and discuss how they will change over time. So be sure to do your research and avoid those impulse buys. Although I really need to start practicing what I preach. lol. Thanks and enjoy! Marc
[LESS INFO] 28 VIEWS | ADDED 00:39:43 12/23/06
One of my favorite woodworking projects is a butcher block end-grain cutting board. Im not sure if its the "back to basics" simplicity or just the fact that it is one of the most useful projects a woodworker can make, but something keeps bringing me back for more. A custom cutting board makes a great gift and many woodworkers make them in batches every Holiday Season. And if you are relatively new to woodworking, this is a great project to hone your milling, glue-up and tablesaw skills. In Part 1 of this two part series, we cover the preparation and construction of the board itself. I hope you enjoy this project as much as I do.
[LESS INFO] 25 VIEWS | ADDED 04:46:52 12/11/06
In this episode, I review one of the most critical and fundamental aspects of woodworking: milling lumber. I review my 4-step milling process, which requires some big tools. And since I know many folks don't have a fully outfitted shop, I also present numerous alternative methods for jointing edges and flattening faces. The jointer's jumpin'!!!
[LESS INFO] 9 VIEWS | ADDED 02:55:13 12/01/06
I don't know about you guys, but for me, there's nothing like a good (insert December holiday here) surprise. And if you want something woodworking-related, its very difficult for our friends and family to buy the things we need and want without ruining the surprise. So here is my little attempt at a solution: The Holiday Gift Guide!! I have a few suggestions in each category for gifts that nearly all woodworkers would appreciate. Even if you already have some of the items on the list, I bet you wouldn't mind having a few more. So don't be shy. Share this video with your friends and loved ones and say, "anything from this video". Hey, its better than underwear right?
[LESS INFO] 4 VIEWS | ADDED 18:57:59 11/26/06
As just about any woodworker can tell you, your first trip to a hardwood dealer can be a little intimidating. In fact, my first trip was more than a little frustrating. In this video, I will cover some terminology and topics that will help you be better prepared for your next trip to the lumber yard. Just a few of the topics covered include identifying different types of cuts, estimating board feet, and finding a good hardwood supplier.
[LESS INFO] 9 VIEWS | ADDED 01:19:38 11/23/06
Finally!!! The last part of the refinishing series is here!! Seems like I've been wearing the same shirt for weeks now. In this video, I give a brief overview of my spray finishing techniques as well as provide a few tricks of the trade. Enjoy!! Marc
[LESS INFO] 19 VIEWS | ADDED 15:50:55 11/09/06
In Part 4, I show my tricks for sanding down turned legs. I also get a little frustrated with my wife. :) Later in this part, I go into detail on one of the most commonly-used tools in the shop, the random orbit sander. Enjoy! Marc
[LESS INFO] 13 VIEWS | ADDED 15:21:28 11/03/06
In Part 3, I show how the table is disassembled and I tackle the finish and stain removal. Ugh! I also demonstrate some cool tricks for getting the old stain out of those tight corners and odd-shaped profiles. Enjoy my friends!!! Marc