A couple of months ago I came across a youtube video by Nikodem Bartnik on building a basic little CNC machine. He also shared his STL files allowing you to 3D print your own components and build a machine.
In recent times I have fallen in love with 3D printing. It complements woodworking and making in many ways. I’ve used it for stand-alone projects, jigs, drill and alignment guides even to repair my Microwave.
Its the perfect way to get the creative juices flowing when it’s too late to go out into the workshop. I love the process of seeing my designs come to life and how easy it is to tweak the design with the click of a …
Last night whilst trying to make myself some popcorn the microwave refused to open. I quickly resigned myself to buying a new machine. After googling away and eyeing off 100’s of microwaves, I realised the fault actually seemed mechanical and I might actually be able to fix it myself.
I quickly removed the cover and discovered the problem, a hinged component of the locking/unlocking mechanism had failed.
Now the microwave was probably 10 years old so I knew trying to …
After a long hiatus, I am back, whilst my woodworking slowed I didn’t really stop. For the last few months, I’ve been tinkering more with steel which has been an interesting change. Make a mistake and you can fix it, no waiting for glues to cure and sanding etc.
My next project is going to be a hybrid of woodworking and metalworking. See we foster and socialise a number of cats, dealing with kitty litter etc is a pain. So …
Lets face it 99% of woodworking is just working with straight timber and 90 degree joints. Being able to work with compound curves and even a little carving will open up your woodworking to a whole new level.
I am jumping into curves by attempting a small table using Ball and Claw style cabriole legs.
Ok let the fun begin, the table is based on an episode of “Rough Cut Woodworking” (Episode 11, Season 1). The timber used is some
With a couple of weeks annual leave under my belt I set off to tackle and finish the console table. To aid me in cutting and fitting the drawers I made a new moxon style vice and a bench helper to support the drawers for final fitting.
The Bench Helper, provides support for larger pieces and is great when plaining drawers to final fit. It only took a couple of hours to make using some scrap. I have already used
Got to spend a little more time tweaking and refining the console table. The top and bottom shelfs were finished and rough sanded. The final height of the bottom shelf was decided and the legs have all been given a slight taper.
For the sake of a little practice I hand planed the tapers instead of cutting them on the bandsaw.
The ends of the legs were marked on the inside faces with a 6mm taper and ran 150mm up