I guess it could all be blamed on a fat bearded guy, in a red suit. Back in December of 1973, a Handy Andy Tool Chest was left in the hands of an impressionable 5 year old in Vacaville, California … and a woodworker was born. Well, I think there was probably more interest in the cap gun six-shooters, football helmet, and Hot Wheels that morning, but that Christmas was my introduction to woodworking. As a young boy, I helped my father with various wood projects out in the garage (always w...
I have this painting of the General Dean Suspension Bridge in Carlyle, IL. It is painted on a 4’x8’ sheet of masonite, with a pencil sketch on the reverse (smooth) side and the finished work on the textured side. The painting is signed R. Czerwonka, and I know nothing of this gentlemen but it may be: RAYMOND CZERWONKA of Hoffman IL Date of birth: December 13, 1927Date of death: June 15, 2007 Just posting it here because Google finds nothing on any of this. Mayb...
I only had a little bit of time today, but I got done what I wanted… First… I swept up and vacuumed Marked out the mortises Then I used brace and bit to clean out most of the waste and then to the chisels Mark out the tenons Cut the tenons… wait… how do I chop out the waste in the center? I called down my son.. Darth Lachlan who was in the middle of a Sith birthday party. He used the force for me and cleaned out the waste.. But some times the larg...
I got less time in the workshop than I would have liked today—trivial life things like putting up the Christmas tree and watching Kansas City annihilate the Redskins (sob!) kept interfering. Still I got time in to work on a few things. I got the second set of slats steamed and bent. The first set came out of the steamer with some mysterious stains. I’m not sure why, but I read somewhere on the Internets that the minerals in tap water can sometimes stain. So for this set I use...
I just took off the ball bearing guide rollers on my 14” grizzly band saw, It is a 1994 model, went from cool blocks to ball bearing rollers, now I went to a carter stabilizer, I wish I had done it a long time ago. Can turn almost as short as a scroll saw, the blade never wanders. I am a happy camper now, the small turns are now possible.Chuck
Had a recent hernia operation and feel good enough to do something really stupid so wife told me to sit at the computer. This fall has been about finishing the new shop work room (a much longer and detailed project). But like a lot of the things we do around the place everything is like a string of dominoes. Up until November access to the back yard was thru an open carport and a half gate. The neighborhood is a friendly kind of place and lots of visiting takes place over the half f...
Most of us long time woodworkers have some experience drying our own lumber, If not look it up on a computer or ask an expert. Reason and I’ll explain, Just had a customer drop off 100 board feet of walnut to be surface planed, I don’t usually plain other peoples lumber without knowing a few things. How thick do they want it and first how long has it been since it was cut into lumber, I didn’t think to ask. Well after planning a few boards I could feel the moisture , So...
Flattening water stonessilicon carbide flattening stone I was asked how I flatten my water stones.This is how.It’s just to buy a flattening stone, the silicon carbides are app half price and does a fine job.I have never tried a diamond flattening plate, so I cant compare. Here the Japanese NANIWA flattening stone.This one for fine grits.Just spray water to clean up and move the stone in circles.Do it often, then it’s not a tough job. Easy to see how it goes on the bright ...
Workshop sharpening stationnear at hand This post is from my un-posted folder. In the new workshop I placed the water grinder in a different room than the work bench.So I thought it would be nice with a close at hand sharpening station right next to the bench. So here the new shop setup, all the tool right at hand. Sharpening station with the pond and gear right at hand.In the cabinet I keep all the different stones, jigs, oils and what else is needed for obtaining that sweet edge...
Ash bucket lidwood over ashes… I have stoves in both the home and the workshop. As a old boy scout (35 years ago), I do have a great respect for the fire hazard of ashes, so I wanted ash buckets to keep the ash in for some days before it goes to the trash. Also I can be more lazy, just have to do it once in a while. Smiles. After making the bucket with Mike (Stefang), I thought I needed to make a matching lid for the metal bucket. Decided to make it a hand tools only project, m...
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