Sunday, February 27, 2011


it has been a really long time since I last posted, sorry for that. many things have changed in the shop since November. We are now a team of 6 people, we have bought a new Martin planer and jointer, i am still learning microvellum design software, and i have relocated the dust collector.


Saturday, November 6, 2010

new machine

wow two months since my last post, how time fly's by. So many things have changed since my last post. one of the biggest changes was in our machines, i now have a martin Jointer, which i bought from Boscho Machines in Billrica. I have been dreaming about owning one of these for many years. It is such a pleasure to use, i think it is the finest jointer made on Earth. It is German. This jointer will help us process hardwood faster and better than before giving us supierior surfaces for our hardwood.


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

IWF Atlanta 2010

I came back from the show last week. I had a great time, but I always have a great time at that show. I love walking through the isles searching for a new idea or product. It is one of the best times to purchase tools and machinery, because of the show specials. I bought my edge bander at the show 4 years ago. this year I bought some new software. I bought microvellum it was at 15% discount, it is the premier software used by the woodworking industry. It is designed to live over AutoCad which I already have. It has 3d capacity and keystroke 2 dimensional drawings and then it will write G code to run CNC machinery. I have high hopes and expectations on this software to greatly enhance my shop drawings. When I am able to buy a CNC I will already have knowledge of the software.


shutter being installed

after the shutters are glued up I am ready to fit them in there corresponding opening. It is best if I can do this on-site, that way I can assure that the gap is consistent between the shutter and the extension jamb. Here you can see my use of the plastic shims as spacers.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

plantation shutter louver prep

In the top three photo's below you can see how I am cutting the pins in the louvers. I am using a plastic pin to go between the style and the louver. the pin is very handy, the first shutter time I made the shutters I made a round tenon right on the end of the louver. Not only labor intensive but not as good as the plastic pin. on the plastic pin there is a 1/32" washer built right in it that separates the louver from the style, which is important to me because I am painting the shutters. I drilled the styles with a cordless drill using a template for each style. the louvers I drilled them as you can see here on the horizontal drill machine(mortising machine). I have seven of the 19 shutters glued up, and am ready to start ordering the hinges so I can get them fitted into their windows. I will stagger the production of these.


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