Web Hosting

Arvixe Web HostingI’m going to stray a little from my normal mode of posting today and talk a little about my hosting service. I started this blog back in September in an attempt to help my readers become more proficient at their craft.

I searched the web for several weeks searching for a web hosting company that could meet the needs of my website. I basically had two criteria at that point. The first was reliability. The hosting service had to be realiable Continue reading

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How to Repair a Door That Won’t Latch

In today’s post, I’m going to talk about how to repair a door that won’t latch. This stems from a call I recently received from a customer complaining that her kitchen door would not latch when closed. I went out to take a look and see what I would need to get their problem solved. Upon arrival, I found that the striker plate was 1/4″ too high for the bolt of the lockset to enter the opening so the door could not latch. The customer had been using only the deadbolt for sometime to keep the door closed and was ready to get the problem corrected.

The first thing I did was Continue reading

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10 Steps to a Beautiful Wood Finish

When you have built a piece of furniture yourself and have gotten to the part of the project when it’s time to apply the wood finish, you really need to know what you’re doing or you could completely spoil all the work you’ve done up to this point.

I want to quickly walk you through the process of varnishing that wood project. Whether it’s a small lamp table or a huge entertainment center, the finishing steps Continue reading

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The Best Finish for Kitchen Cabinet Doors

A couple of years ago, I completely remodeled a kitchen which consisted of custom built cabinets and doors. During the planning stage for the remodel, the question came up about the best type of finish to use on the kitchen cabinet doors.

The doors were constructed using 3/4″ thick medium density fiberboard (mdf). When the machining processes were complete, the doors were primed with three coats of white primer. The primer was sanded lightly between each coat. The doors were then painted with five coats of flat white paint sprayed on with a texturing gun.

The finish coat was a sprayed coat of Continue reading

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5 Gifts Guys Want For Christmas – or Any Holiday

I thought since today was Christmas, I would give those people looking for very late Christmas gift ideas some suggestions. Here is my list of the 5 most wanted items for my shop. Continue reading

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Assembling the 24″ Ribbon and Bow Shelf

Photo of the Ribbon and Bow Shelf

24" Ribbon and Bow Shelf

In this final article about the 24″ Ribbon and Bow Shelf, we will be assembling all the parts that were cut out in all the previous articles. The assembly process is fairly straightforward, however, there are a couple of points that will improve the appearance of the shelf. Continue reading

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Designing the X Axis for the CNC Router

 In the last article in this series, I talked briefly about the design of the Y-axis for my CNC Router that I intend to build. In this article, I will conclude the design phase of the machine by discussing the X-axis design concept.

The beauty of this design is in it’s simplicity. The X-axis is made up of a single sheet of medium density fiberboard that is 24″ x 48″ that is beveled to 45 degrees along both 48″ sides. On each of these beveled sides runs a length of 3/4″ x 3/4″ angle aluminum. Continue reading

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Designing the Y Axis for a CNC Router

Y-axis gantry with the Z-axis installed

Y-Axis Gantry With Z-Axis Installed

In the last post in this series, I talked about the design of the Z-axis for the CNC Router I am designing. In today’s post, I want to briefly discuss the design of the Y-axis. The Y-axis is essentially the same as the Z-axis except it is larger and is turned horizontal instead of vertical. The purpose of the Y-axis is to carry the Z-axis from one end of the table to the other.

In this design, the Z-axis travels from left to right along the steel tubes of the Y-axis. Although not shown in the graphic, a stepper motor will be installed on the left side of the Y-axis that will drive a lead screw that is responsible Continue reading

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How to Cut Crown Moulding

How to Cut Crown Moulding

Compound Miter Saw

Since the last time you were here, I didn’t have time to get the Y-axis drawings done for my CNC Router so today I want to talk just a few minutes about how to cut crown moulding. First there seems to be some division about the correct spelling of the word moulding. The British version of the word uses the “ou” form while in America, you see it spelled molding. No matter how you choose to spell it, being able to cut it correctly is the important thing.

To me, no room is really quite complete without crown moulding and baseboard moulding to finish the top and bottom of the wall. Even in rooms with sheetrock Continue reading

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Creating the Bow for the 24″ Ribbon and Bow Shelf

Photo of the Ribbon and Bow Shelf

24" Ribbon and Bow Shelf

In the last article in this series, I explained how to make the ribbon for the 24″ Ribbon and Bow Shelf. In this article, we will create the bow for the shelf. The outer part of the bow is actually one of four parts of the complete bow assembly and is fairly easy to make since bows are not usually symetrical. The image below shows how the outer bow should look.

The Outer Bow part

The outer part of the bow

To create this part of the bow, first cut a piece of 1 x 4 material 3-3/8″ long. The simplest way to make this part is to refer to the image above and draw the pattern on a piece of posterboard freehand that looks like the image and fits on the 1 x 4 piece you cut earlier. This may take a bit of trial and error, but this method is much easier than trying to draw out the pattern with arcs and lines. Once you have the pattern sized properly and cut out, simply trace it onto the piece of 1 x 4 and cut it out. When you’ve sanded this piece, lay it aside and we’ll create the inner part of the bow.

Image of the inner bow pattern

One half of the inner bow pattern

The inner part of the bow will be a little more complicate to make because it has to be cut at a 45 degree angle to make the completed bow 3 dimensional. Using the image above, lay out a rectangle on a piece of poster board that is 1-3/4″ long and 2-5/16″ wide. Freehand a sketch on this piece of posterboard until you get an image like the one pictured above. The straight side of the pattern must be 1-1/2″ wide. The bow does not have to be perfect because ribbon bows are not usually perfect. Just get as close as you can.

The first step to cutting this part of the bow is to take a piece of 1 x 4 that is at least 12″ long and cutting a bevel of 45 degrees on both ends of the piece. The reason you will need a piece of wood this long is for safety when making the 45 degree cuts. Trying to cut any piece of wood that is too short to fit across the gap on your miter saw and too close to your hand is simply too dangerous. A bevel cut, as you may already know, is an angled cut through the piece of wood from one face of the piece to the other. A miter cut is an angled cut across the face of the piece from one edge to the other.

Take the piece of 1 x 4, lay the pattern on one end and trace around it, then do the same thing on the other end of the board. It does not matter which face of the board you draw the pattern on as long as you do the same on both ends. Now cut out the two pieces with the saw of your choice, sand them, and lay them aside for later.

The last piece of the bow is the knot and is made by simply cutting out a 1-1/2″ circle from a scrap of 1 x 4 and then cutting the circle in half. Using a belt sander, round over the front and back edges of the knot to give it a contour on both sides of the arc. Do not sand the straight cut on the knot because this is the part of the know that attaches to the outer bow.

Using the images below, assemble your bow pieces using wood glue and clamps. Let the bow sit over night to give the glue time to dry. Now attach the bow to the center of the face of the ribbon you made in the last article.

Bottom view of the bow assembly

Bottom View of the Bow Assembly

Front view of the bow assembly

Front View of the Bow Assembly

In the last article in this series, we will be assembling all the parts of the shelf that we have cut out in the previous articles. Until next time be careful, and as always, thanks for stopping by.

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