We do not have quarters for muster to convey the “plan of the day” at Codger Lodge nor a First Sargent to dispense duty assignments and motivational words. Through experience, we codgers have developed a level of situational awareness that prepares us to ascertain what is required and to establish our priorities without supervision. We are capable and self-motivated.
This week at the lodge there were two boxes of doughnuts, a large tray of cookies, a bag of biscotti, a pecan pie, and Girl Scout cookies in reserve. Without hesitation or encouragement, the codgers established a plan to dispose of these sweets and set the highest priority for that task.After a furious beginning, the battle subsided, allowing the codgers to regroup, regain their momentum, and continue the cookie campaign at a leisurely pace.Refreshed and ready, the codgers planed their Turning Tuesday activities and executed their plans. The show and tell items reflected the talents of the codgers and codgerettes. Walt Tuttle had a nice segmented bowl and Mike Sharps displayed two of his laminated pieces, Joanie Smith sent one of her excellent pecan pies and Jimmy Morrison brought a segmented piece and a large ambrosia salad bowl for our enjoyment, Gene Smith turned two nice bowls from laminated blanks and Linda Williams baked up a tray of fine peanut butter cookies. The cookies are from one of Linda’s “go to” recipes and they are good,
This is not another metal sculpture idea from Henry Aglio’s fertile mind taking shape; but rather a random arrangement of Jimmy Morrison’s bowl turning tool rests. While the flowing curves are somewhat reminiscent of Henry’s style, his presentations are considerably more refined and creative.
There are fifty-some bowls in our Empty Bowls collection and they are on their way to be delivered for the charity event. The soup lunch will be held on Saturday, April 5th in Marietta, OH. Frank reported the event in his Woodcraft blog. (Empty Bowls). Thanks to all the codgers who turned and donated bowls to this worthwhile cause.
We are planning another codger convention next Turning Tuesday at the lodge. Come on down and join us.
Learn how you can put together this two-wall shop in your new or existing garage or workspace.
You’ll want to start building or improving your shop, starting with this Rust-Oleum based nonslip, epoxy paint and sealed floor. Great for resurfacing a concrete floor, this project will allow for easy clean-up leaving a show room finish. But don’t keep it clean, fill it with sawdust made from your handiwork and enjoy it! Create a two-wall workshop and outfit it with four outstanding shop projects using the Cut Lists and Convenience-Plus Buying Guides, all in the August/September Issue #54 of Woodcraft Magazine. We’ve never packed this much information all in one publication, so this issue is a must have!
The four projects consist of a Mobile Mitersaw Stand, a Compact All-Purpose Workbench with Tool Cabinet, a Planer Cart and a Power Tower to help organize your new or existing shop.
Vertically thinking, the Power Tower can be used to hold and house most medium to small portable and bench top tools. Putting it on casters will save you much needed space where you may be trying to have a shop and save parking space for the vehicles. Using the vertical storage unit with the Planer Cart and the NEW WoodRiver Wall Mount Folding Tool Stand, you’ll be maximizing every square inch of your shop.
Horizontally thinking, the mobile mitersaw stand includes drop-down wings for easy storing, built-in dust collection, adjustments for customizing the fence, shelf, and wings to your specific saw model. Also on casters for mobility, you can add Leg Levelers to handle uneven floor surfaces.
Every shop needs a workbench. Build your very own Compact All-Purpose Workbench with Woodcraft’s Laminated Maple Bench Tops.
There is an additional project also included to make your workbench a real added value with a Tool Cabinet Storage and Drawer System.
In addition, you will find a Dream Shop Planner to help you outline your shop. Lay out your cabinets and storage by using the machinery cutout templates for positioning. By using an acetate sheet placed over your shop grid, you can plan for duct work, electricity, lighting and HVAC. After your sketch work is complete, break down the shop build into individual steps for time and budgeting constraints. Just like measuring twice and cutting once, this plan can help you build your shop the way you want it, when you want it, without missing a step.
This video covers all the details within Issue #54, with an up close look at this new shop.
In additional to all the projects in this issue, you will also find Ready-To-Assemble Cabinets from Cabinotch. Just add your own doors and drawers to complete the project.
Hot New Tools features the NEW Micro-Jig GRR-Rip Block. This tool combines the rubber-soled pushblock technology with the notched pushstick products by adding flip-up feet, giving you the advantage of holding your stock firmly against the table while providing enough friction to push it forward keeping your digits at a safe distance from the blade on your tablesaw or router table.
Also featured is the Whiteside Pro Pen Mandrels. Whiteside has incorporated the CNC collet technology that has been used by machinists for years. With an adjustable shaft, turning is made easier from key chains to pens with out the need for spacers. The set includes a 1/4″ collet, collet nut, mandrel shaft, and brass knurled nut. Available in #1 MT and #2 MT.
Some new Tips & Tricks have been added, featuring a bottomless tablesaw crosscut jig, a Wedge Cutting Jig, Improvised Edge Clamp, and an easier way of removing those disposable gloves that are a hassle to take off.
Tired of re-adjusting your clamps to hold different wood thickness or having multiple clamp setups? Still not enough pressure held once adjusted? Well, Kreg and Woodcraft have the answer for that. The new Automaxx™ Bench Klamps adjust automatically to hold materials that are thin, thick, or anywhere in between. Set the clamping pressure once, using an easy-to-regulate thumbscrew, and the Automaxx™ Bench Clamps do the rest. They lock closed easily and consistently every time and with every thickness. Compatible with Kreg Jig®, Kreg Portable Base, and Kreg Jig® Jr.
Automatically adjusts to any material thickness up to 2-7/8″
3″ reach for face members 2″ and narrower
Simple thumbscrew adjustment for clamping pressure
Comfortable handle grips for reduced hand fatigue
Large pivoting jaws with added pads for aligning face joints
Additionally, check out the new Kreg 3-Inch and 6-Inch Automaxx™ Face Clamps, now available at your local Woodcraft store or online. These Face Clamps work in the same manner and technology as the Bench Klamps, adjusting automatically to clamp materials that are thin, thick, or in between. You can clamp a 2×4 and then a 1/2″ piece of plywood without
ever re-adjusting the clamp. Kreg joinery just got a little easier, thanks to the versatility and simplicity of Automaxx™ Face Clamps. Below, Dave Stone, Kreg’s social media guy, demos the Face Clamps showing you all the capabilities.
So stop cranking, fumbling and re-adjusting, get these new clamps and enjoy a better clamping method today!
Recently (left to right below) Jake; Rob’s shop assistant, Dave; Rob, and Rob’s son-in-law, Chris “Frick” Wetmore built this custom workbench. Frick was more involved on the social media side of things doing site management, videography and editing. According to Rob, the need for a bench arose when he realized most of his online students were working on the end of their table saw or worse yet, a shop mate! Rob said, “I have a friend/customer that had been asking me to make him a super-duper bench so what better time! I use to make and sell benches but the selling price missed the actual cost by a few miles! I really enjoy making benches so I would entertain making another one. I bought back a bench I made 12 years ago and recently upgraded it and re-sold it. Point is, the market may be ready for a few custom benches. The hardware available has been a real downer so the chance to redesign and have a better mouse trap made was a big motivator. I ended up having new hardware made for the two benches in my shop plus the one I recently refurbished and sold, made a huge improvement. I think this latest bench is a bit over the top, I would not want to be the one to make the first “ding” in it!”
(see Rob’s workbench video below)
The bench is made from Mahogany and Hard Maple; all the horizontal Maple surfaces are veneered with ¼” thick Birdseye. The base is actually Spanish Cedar, looks like Mahogany and a lot less expensive. It even has a sharpening station!
The bench dogs have “T”shaped slots cut in them and “T” shaped pieces held in place with two springs from ball point pens. This provides enough tension to hold the dog in place over a greater range of heights. Works very nice.
Rob designed a better knuckle for connecting the threaded rod to the movable vise. It allows some horizontal movement to account for pieces that don’t have parallel sides however there is no vertical slop.
Over the top! Nah! Dovetail corners, Mahogany ramp, a tool tray, stretcher wedge…
Adjustable hinged height block features a 3″ lift. Rob said, “The older you get the harder it is to bend over. Using a plane it is advantageous to lean over the plane and use your body weight, especially when cutting dovetails. It is better done at a higher, more comfortable stance. You want the bench low for hand planing and high for cutting dovetails. Young folks can adapt, older folks don’t want to! For the finish, I applied several coats of thinned Tung oil on the top and sprayed the rest with lacquer. I did not want the excessively slippery surface lacquer leaves on the top, also wanted a surface that was easy to repair/refresh.”
Here is a brand new video, just YouTube posted at the time of this blog posting, by Rob on the build of this fine workbench…
Online Workshop Involves Both Cosmans
In 2011, Rob launched an online hand-tool workshop that was followed the next year by a second hand/power tool workshop, both projects aimed at reducing Rob’s need for travel away from home allowing him to spend more time with his family. Jake has been the cameraman for both workshops, as well as doubling as the featured apprentice, working through the hand skills as the student for his dad, the instructor. “I film five days a week. We try to keep the price really low so people can participate,” Rob said. “I have an online forum. If someone asks a really good question, Jake goes in and films the answer. My son-in-law downloads the videos to the website. We try to make the experience as if the person is standing right there. The audience likes our casual approach, we don’t cut anything and we work through the mistakes.” Here is more about Rob’s online workshop program:
Today Rob sees woodworking as an enjoyable hobby, but a difficult career. He speaks from experience. A college graduate, he launched a 12-year career as a custom furnituremaker trying to support a growing family. “I did all sorts of things to make it work. I sold graduation rings. I insulated basements.” In 1999, it became clear to Rob that he could never charge enough to make the income he needed. “I realized that the only people who would appreciate my work were the people who wanted to learn how to do it.”
From Tool Demos to DVDs to Teaching
In 2000, the opportunity to import a line of tools and sell them in Canada led Rob to produce instructional DVDs. “I recognized as I was selling these tools that many of these people had no experience in how to use them,” Rob said, “I started making DVDs to help them learn how to use the tools. As a result of the DVDs, I began to receive invitations to teach. I now have the perfect scenario.
Teaching is challenging and fun, and I am getting paid to pursue my hobby, which is building furniture.” Rob also continues to add to his line of premium hand tools. When asked what prompted him to design and make tools, he said: “Guilt! I was demonstrating to the audience with tools I had either modified or made. A lot of what I do is made easier because of these tools. As students recognized this, the demand for my tools became apparent. I could not find anyone willing to build them so I decided I would have to do it myself.”
In conclusion, it is an honor to know and learn from Rob in both woodworking and his views on life in general. Look for Rob at most Woodcraft shows and stores near you! You’ll be glad you did.
Thanks Rob, we appreciate all you do!
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Most hobbyist woodworkers fall into one of two camps – basement or garage shops. Having worked in an attic and two basement shops before I had a dedicated building, I would have given my eyeteeth for a garage shop. Of course that doesn’t mean a garage shop is the end all. Even if you have the luxury of a two-car garage, it seems that the more space you have, the faster it fills up. It usually comes to a head when your spouse can’t get their car out of the elements.
If you’re in this predicament, you might want to check out the latest issue of Woodcraft Magazine (Issue 43, Oct./Nov. 2011). My good friend Joe Hurst-Wajszczuk (Senior Editor at the magazine) spent the better part of his “free-time” for the past nine months turning his disheveled workspace into a clean, organized, functional shop, and he still has room for a car. I’m proud to say that I had a small hand in the transformation. Joe recruited me for the job of designing his mobile miter saw station/lumber rack. I was apprehensive at first but I think the project turned out to be a winner and Joe did a great job on the build. If you’d like to get a taste of what he accomplished, check out Frank Byers’ post on Woodcraft’s blog. Even if you don’t like what I came up with, you’ll find plenty of other cool projects to incorporate into your shop.