I got it in my head to try and make one of those bow tie shaped inlays which are sometimes called a dutchmen. Put simply, I have some learning to do. [Above] I cut a bow tie from a piece of spalted, sanded it, and traced it’s outline ...
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Location: Sussex County, New Jersey
I guess I've been seriously interested in woodworking since about 2011. Before that I did a few projects with handheld (corded) tools. I bought a small table saw and have since added a bench top band saw and drill press. I think my biggest triumph was a mountain dulcimer and case that I made for my wife. It definitely looks original and it works quite well.
I'm interested in small projects, nothing bigger than a table and I like dabbling in lutherie (I have plans and ideas.) Whirligigs are another thing I like to make. My first two now decorate our yard, a fiddler who bows and stamps out the rhythm, and a parakeet who vainly beats his wings. I have a few more in progress for friends. (best way to learn is to make giveaways, right?)
My 'workshop' is an approximately 13x13 foot space in our basement. Unfortunately it's also the access way to our laundry room and the outside. I've been organizing things, but in the meantime I get projects done. In the summer I sometimes adopt our patio under a shade tent to do much of the sanding or larger projects like the trio of Adirondack chairs ala Norm Abram.
Background: I was a printer for 13 years on small offset and letter presses in a local mom and pop shop. When my daughter came along we decided that I'd stay home as the caregiver as my wife's work benefits and salary were better than mine. I'm now lightly employed as a sexton in our church though if the right part time job popped up I'd take it.
I also translate many of my Lumberjocks projects into Esperanto and post them on a Wordpress blog here:
Sometimes I post them in Esperanto before I post them here.
-- Ni faru ion el ligno!
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This is just one of those things. Some time ago I began to lament not having grabbed my dad’s set of stamped wrenches. There are times when you just need a thin wrench to get into a space and hold a nut or even turn it a bit. I eventually f...
I got a text from my wife who was out at a meeting this morning. Says she has some carpentry work for me, a rustic dining room table. Now I know full well, this is not for us. We don’t even have a dining room! So that means this is to be...
[Legebla ankaŭ en Esperanto] [Above] After the movable stop is on the bar, insert a piece of 1/4 in. dowel into the hole at the end of the bar. This keeps the head from sliding off. The dowel can be glued in, but if it is snug, you may wan...
[Legebla en Esperanto] [Above] Cut the piece of flat steel into two lengths of 3.25 in. Use a file to blunt the edges and round the corners a bit. [Above] mark a point about 3/8 in. in from each end, centering it on the steel. Dr...