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post #1 of 11 Old 04-26-2009, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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Cool A busy week in the shop!

I have been at it in the garage this week. I started work on a new computer desk, built some nice push blocks, and built a step stool for my daughter. Well the step stool is actually for the dog, so she can get on my daughters bed.

I started a bit backwards with the desk since I started the drawers first. I figured the drawers would be the most time consuming part of the project, so I started there. The dovetails are half blind and hand cut with American elm faces and maple sides.




This push block was built out of some mildly figured maple, and has a dovetailed slot in the back to hold the back of the foot in place. If it ever needs to be replaced, it just gets pushed out and replaced. For the handle, I copied the shape of the stanley#7 tote.




This push block was designed for the table saw. I based the design loosely on the one I have been using for about ten years, but went a bit over the top with it. It has a walnut handle, and foot with bloodwood plugs, and the middle section is 1/8" baltic birch plywood. The rear section rides in a dovetailed slot, to allow for easy replacement of it once it gets chewed up.





For this step stool I again went a bit over the top with it, but it was alot of fun to make. I used tiger maple, and some mildly figured honduran mahogany. The dovetails, and mortices were hand cut. I tried my hand at wedged mortices, using ebony for the wedges. It adds a nice element to the design, and really makes the joint strong. For the finish, I used a few coats of amber shellac cut 50/50 with DNA, followed with a few coats of satin laquer, then rubbed out with beeswax.


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Beautiful work. I have not been around a lot of woodworking shops in my life. The few I have been to, including mine, have pretty generic push sticks. I am very impressed with your attention to detail and construction of these vital tools. I take pride in my tools, and I think after seeing your pride in your pushsticks, also a tool, I will reconsider mine. That stool is very impressive as well. Just curious, how will that top hold up to dog paws jumping on and off it? Finishing is still a weak point for me that I am learning and I was curious if your choice of finishes will hold up? Again, beautiful projects.
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Thanks for the comments. After years of just using junk wood for my jigs and sleds, I decided to take pride in them, and make nice ones. I feel that if you are going to use it everyday, why not make it pleasant to look at, and also show off your craftsmanship. It also shows potential clients that you are serious and passionate about what you do.

I chose to use satin laquer for the stool becuase it is a durable surface. I figured that the satin finish will also not show minor scratches in it like a gloss finish would. Besides, if it ever gets trashed, I could just sand off the finish, and redo the top.
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nice push blocks... and I love the DT's on that stool, fantastic
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Julian,
Nice work all around. I love the pushblocks. I think when you make them that nice, you are more apt to use them. Nice details with all the dovetails and contrasting woods. Good job,
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Cool shop gear! I love the old saw handle look! And that shop stool is one bad larry!!!
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Kinda makes my homemade push sticks look a little......oh, shall we say CRAPPY. Great job. Love the look. I think I'll redo some of mine now. Thanks for the inspiration.
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Julian.......

Am I correct in assuming that you made the handle to the jointer push block by hand? Super job is that is the case! I like the whole design and it has inspired me to attempt making one like it.

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Dave, yes I made the handle. This is the second one I have made in this style. For the first one I used curly bubinga. It is going to replace the handle on my old Disston backsaw once I get the teeth cut and sharpened.
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I've long wanted to do a push block with the saw handle... the best ergonomic design, I think... but, I think I'd hang yours on the wall to look at... far too much spare time on your hands, wish I had as much...
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