Saturday, January 28, 2012

Here comes the Sun...


…Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s all right…


I begin the day with a strong cup of coffee and a mason jar filled with hot water. Into the jar I place a small container of Liquid Hide Glue. By the time I swallow a few mouthfuls of coffee, the glue is again liquid and ready to use.
Through the day I leave it on my window sill to capture what little sun pours into the basement wood shop. They say the days are getting longer…indeed- here comes the sun.
Work is good. Warm glue is better. Time to get at it.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Waxed Line

Last summer frame and panel door is held in place with waxed line.

So some wood shop essentials eh?
Jack plane- check. Panel saw-check.
24-in. steel rule-check. Waxed line-hmmm…??

A few years ago my Father-in-law gave me a spool of waxed line. I started using it for dry fits and other jigs and set ups around the wood shop and you know what? I couldn’t live without it.
Sometimes called waxed linen thread as well as 6-4 cord, it’s almost impossible to tear with your hands and when you tie a knot in it, it stays put.
This weekend while I was making a drawer for a project in my new book I used it to dry fit the components. A quick wrap around the drawer box and I’m good to go. In the past I would use clamps or blue painters tape but this stuff works so much better and is a heck of a lot faster. Another great thing is you can use it over and over again so a spool will last you years.
Another little work shop secret I thought I’d share.
Waxed line holding a drawer together for a dry fit.