Picked up what people on Lumberjocks here like to call a ‘starter lathe’ but they clearly come from a very different economic background than I do. Yes that pile of zinc die cast doo dads was an upgrade itself from the previous co...
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Location: Lincoln, NE
Out of economic necessity, and because I enjoy it, I like figuring out what I can make with what I have or can salvage. So no $5,000 cabinet saws or Lie Nielson hand planes here, but I manage to still make nice things with an old log, some broken pallets, and a few hand-me down tools.
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Ten or twelve years ago, living in a tiny basement apartment with my then infant son, I bought my first power tool. The cheapest band saw they had down at the home improvement store. A “Tool Shop” bench top model. At $85 it was a majo...
El cheapo mortising chisel #1: Cheap $2 prying tool from bargain bin at hardware store into mortising chisel
I needed a mortising chisel, but got sticker shock when pricing them. Old ‘pigsticker’ things on e-bay were going for $30 or so not including shipping, and new mortising chisels were nearly $50! I had a $2 bargain bin pry bar from th...
I work at a nature center and each year they have some sort of auction of items made my local artisans or craftsman as a fundraiser. One year is was painted rain-barrels, the next was bird houses. etc. This year it is garden benches. You submit...