A couple of months back, I began working on something that kind of got side tracked. We all have projects like that. We start out like a ball of fire and then something gets in the way and deadlines come up and holidays come and before we know it, our project is tucked neatly (or sometimes not so neatly) into a corner. While I know that there are some people who won’t start another project until one is finished, I am not like that. I usually have a couple of things on the go at o...
I finished routing out dog holes. Here’s what the jig looked like clamped over one of the roughed-out holes: Pretty straightforward, taking 1/16” or less off each side. A bit more work on the head recess, but way easier than hogging out the whole hole with the router. The darker area on the top of the jig is wax. And here’s what I mean by bacon: Those two boards should be flat and fit together without gaps! Instead I have 3/4” warpage over 4”. I wa...
I shot a two part video on how to take an Echo insert, one of the most used out there, and cut it down to sleeve inside a new wooden exhaust end. I wish I could say it was my idea but it came from another good woodworker that wrote a nice how to but I decided to do videos for the folks that like to see it done. Here is a link to the first of two parts. This one shows how to turn the insert down and the next which will be up shortly shows how to turn the new wooden bell. Sleeving and Ins...
I have been working in Sydney with my boys doing electrical work at schools whilst the holidays are on.One of the tasks was to repair restore broken switches and emergency stops in the wood working shop. We then had to service the Outdoor Dust Collector/Extractor. (just the job for an electrician!) Good thing I have an interest in wood working ! otherwise it would have been a “No Way reply! My son and I accepted the task and away we went. We opened the side access panels of ...
Went out to the Grafton Flea Market in Massachusetts today. It’s only maybe a 40 minute drive from my place. Spent all of $22 and came home with all this: That’s a Stanley No. 220 block plane on the right. $10. There were a ton of block planes there. Lots of 110s, which I already have. I saw a couple Stanley No. 3’s that I didn’t really need. And 1-2 No. 4s that weren’t worth buying. One big wooden jointer plane that I hesitated too long on. The seller had...
The Gustav Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms held an open house weekend to celebrate its twenty fifth anniversary. Originally built in 1911, the Stickley home was first open to the public in 1990 with the help of The Craftsman Farms Foundation. The thirty acre Nation Landmark was the only home that Gustav built for himself and his family to live in. Two cottages were built to house his family as the log home was constructed. The home was intended to be used as a boy’s school but those ...
~Fellin Pre order pre sale review of the Bosch 1617 router : Well so far I am very happy with the idea of ordering theBosch 1617 router . I haven’t spent any money, so that is always a positive. Previewing the pre sale is going well . The Bosch is blue in color . That’s important . I bought a Bosch router table especially because it was blue and would match the Bosch router . About two fifteen hands stallions and a small filly in horse power. Variablespeed , that adjusts to yo...
I have completed the doors, drawers and pull-out trays of my miter saw station. The drawers are pretty basic. They are ¾ inch solid maple fronts, ½ inch Baltic birch sides and back and ¼ inch bottom. Either laziness or the fact that this is for a workshop, led me to use a locking rabbet joint for the drawer fronts versus dovetails. I did the same for the pull-out trays. All the drawers and trays ride on full-extension drawer slides. For the doors, I went with solid maple r...
I took the day off of writing yesterday because I wanted to really make a dent in the new projects that I have been working on. Sometimes I find myself getting lost in the ‘social media’ part of the day and it leads me down a path that sometimes may not be very productive. I don’t worry much about this, as I feel that I do make up for my time spent fooling around with my friends and customers on the computer. Besides, there usually isn’t a day that goes by when I am ...
Being a newbee or at least in the early part of a journey on learning this craft its been a real learning curve .From the start it was for me. Not even real sure on even reading a tape measure to never have hear of a box joint to the many different kinds of joinery , to finishing ,,,to the many endless tools ,or how to use them but am getting there and its because of the many here that share and help .i know many say ill just be glad when he learns to type or at least use spell checker ,im...
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