Brian A

  • (Link has a chapter on making a valet’s stand)

    More ghastly is hard to imagine, more ghostly, yes. Life can be hard, but I will press on, mostly by folding my coats over the back of a chair until such time as a more civilized option can be imagined.

    (also, I did not find the design of which you speak, through no fault of yours, solely my o…[Read more]

  • [quote quote=555068]The traditional design depended on a valet to get the right coat for the day on the stand for the gentleman.[/quote]

    My valet seems to have taken an extended vacation.

  • Brian A replied to the topic Knock down Shaker Desk in the forum Projects 1 month, 1 week ago

    “The Shakers avoided ornamentation, so I’d really like to know why the little toes are on the legs.”

    The toes helped meet your daughter’s specifications of keeping the legs out of the way of her legs. The footprint of the legs can be reduced because the toes extend their moment arm against the floor.

    Nice build. I need to make a large office d…[Read more]

  • [quote quote=555009]Try googling “valet stand”[/quote]

    That’s the ticket. Though they seem to have only one coat holder, possibly for aesthetics or to prevent instability. The design does seem like it could be extended to add more hangers by stepping upward and offsetting them horizontally, but then it starts to get bulky, especially when in use…[Read more]

  • I’ve been trying to come up with a design for a coat rack that holds shoulder-shaped hangers (immobile) instead of pegs, so you don’t need a coat hanger but can hang a coat without stretching the collar out. Has anyone seen anything like that anywhere?

  • @Ed +Larry – I’m going to try these tips. Maybe work with the scraper some more (having some sharpening issues as I accidentally bought the 2″ instead of 3″ diamond stone – need to make more sandpaper blocks). The SYP may have been treated but was from the area of the store with all the untreated, need to research that. The construction studs were…[Read more]

  • “Brian, I’m a little concerned about the wax on the bench top as well, since it’s already pretty slick from just planing. I’m thinking that I’m going to sand to 100 grit and use just a BLO/turpentine mix without the wax on the bench top. It can always be added later.


    That sounds like a good temporary plan. All my bench plans are tempora…[Read more]

  • @P McC

    “So I gave up on trying to make the benchtop as smooth as a dining room table and began using it for its intended purpose. Woodworking.”

    But what if I want to entertain on the bench as well? (joking)

    Yes, point taken. Its a bench. If part of it is fuzzy, I can simply focus my gaze on some more aesthetically pleasing part of the garage;…[Read more]

  • I too have trouble reaching into my drawers when I have a long board clamped to my apron. Walking can also be awkward with this arrangement.

  • Yes, these are good ideas. Maybe I need to get the blade(s) sharper. The white wood is VERY soft, but most of the boards are shaving nicely with a good sheen on them. The ones giving me problems are actually darker for some reason, more reddish/brown. Seems like some aspect of tree anatomy may be at play here.

    I made the apron out of yellow pine…[Read more]

  • Thanks for tracking that down. I know he’s talked about finishes a number of times but I don’t retain all the information. I didn’t find the MSDS for Ronseal but it looks fairly safe since they just say to wash your hands if it gets on you and nothing about ventilation, and yeah, not likely found in the US. I have some sort of ‘danish oil’ from…[Read more]

  • Paul puts a finish on his bench that he calls ‘natural outdoor furniture oil’. He wears gloves but no mask or visible ventilation, which suggest this is an attractive finish for my shop which does not have crosswind ventilation (and most finishes from the Orange stores have skulls and crossbones on them). He keeps the can hidden because he does…[Read more]

  • @Paul Rowell:

    If you start a thread in the forums, there is an option to post your file.

  • Such a bench could be used to get started before one has the skills and tools to properly chop a mortice and so on. All one needs is a way to cut plywood, and such tools are abundant on the planet at this […]

  • No thanks to me, Tad. I was using it with the nut screwed on backwards! Larry pointed this out (see above).


  • In the US we have something called “Purebond Birch” plywood in the DIY stores, which is poplar with Birch veneer. I have this as the wellboard on my bench. Not as bad as some plywood types but there still are a […]

  • I’ve finally got around to a rebuild of my bench. I’ve laminated a benchtop from construction studs (‘whitewood’), now mostly flat, but there are a few boards that give me tear-out no matter which direction I plane them in. Is this because the grain rises in different ways in various boards, or maybe these are just ‘bad boards’? How do you address…[Read more]

  • Brian A replied to the topic searching the forum in the forum Projects 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    There is a search function (the magnifying glass in the upper right). I’ve found the method somewhat circuitous, but you can use it to find a post related to your search term. You can then use the title of the thread that the post was listed under to go back to the forum and search for that thread manually.

  • This happened to my first bench which was a ‘torsion box’ that had a base made with threaded rod instead of mortices. The top was a thick slab of poplar that was twisted by about 1.5″ along its length, so when I attached it to the base it twisted the whole bench.

    Solution was as above: Shims under the feet, and then when I realized about the…[Read more]

  • Excellent guess! The nut was in fact upside down relative to yours. I guess whoever last owned it did not need very deep cuts.

    It did work without the adjuster engaged: Before seeing this I made a second housing and finished the apron, but found that when not engaged by the adjuster, the cutter takes more fiddling to get it straight in the collar.

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