Today’s post will probably be a bit shorter than usual. It certainly isn’t very exciting. I spent pretty much the entire day yesterday working on my business and getting everything ready for my accountant. Actually it isn’t as bad as it seems. Just time consuming. I do have everything in one place, and it is only a matter of me categorizing everything and getting the figures in the right place. It is more sorting than anything. As I looked in my accordion folder wh...
I got a free mulberry log from a friend a work. It didn’t look so beautiful, several limbs and a large split on the big end. I let it sit in the yard 4 months. Today I took it to a guy in a town nearby and had it cut. The cost to cut was $85 and it looks like it may have been worth it. I got it stickered this afternoon but had to post a few pictures. It’s very yellow but what I’ve read says it will turn dark brown with sunlight exposure. It’s also claimed t...
I recently completed a built-in entertainment center in my home that quickly turned into a huge project. When I started, I hadn’t done much in the woodworking field since building some NYW bookshelves a few years prior.At the beginning of my project I had a benchtop model Ryobi table saw with the stock blade, a skill saw with a $3 HF blade, and a Bosch 1617 router kit. The agony of building that entertainment center, and it taking 3 months to do, lead me to acquire some shall we s...
First off let me just say I am happily still working on my sign project, as is my daughter but since I really should have thought harder about my daughter’s sign we have changed direction and now I have a few more letters to cut out. Oh well. In the meantime, I would like to relate a slightly different tale. It has been my pleasure of the past year to watch a number of true craftsmen at work. The dedication of the Korean Bell Garden Pavilion at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens was last w...
Here in the South we have a saying about Prior Planning, and what will happen if you don’t do it. The Bass that initiated the creation of this blog is shelved. Forever. This entire project so far has been filled with lessons on patience and how to elevate and adhere to highest standard as a craftsman I’ve ever been. The flaw in the walnut bass began with the book match. The neck pocket should center on the seam of the book match. While this wouldn’t hinder the function, it’s aesthetically...
I found this video pretty interesting.. this is how they make the patterns to create a mold for casting a large marine propeller. That’s a lot of plywood. And sawdust. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mV48f5D6kBY
So it’s been a wile since had the chance to blog. In the last few month I’ve decided to go pro as they say and resell vintage saws as well as offer restoration and sharpening services. My focus has been on offering restored vintage saws with replaced and sharpened plates. I joking call these Resto-Saws which I pinched from the popularity of Resto-Rides and for those who don’t watch car shows it’s vintage car that’s been updated with current equipment but at the ...
The following are pieces that I hAVE WORKED ON OVER THIS PAST WINTER. iT IS STILL TOOOO cCOOLLLLDDDD to do much in my garage-Shop, but I get out there when I can so here goes, I’ll try and post more aS THEY COME ALONG.
I was going to use dovetails or boxjoints for the drawers but I decided to go simple. After all I have cabinet drawers constructed with less integrity that have been abused for more than 20 years. I had some poplar that needed using so I glued up some panels to obtain the necessary widths. I cut them out and slotted them to accomodate a 1/4 ply bottom. I then drilled pocket holes on the outside of the front and back panels of the drawers as well as holes for mounting the drawer fr...
Tools tools, I love toys, I mean tools #3: Building hand plane tune-up confidence: lapping, lapping, and more lapping
After a seeming successful first attempt at sharpening/honing, I decided to finally tune up my Groz bench and block plane. The lapping took the longest part and I went through a good amount of 100 and 120 grit paper flatting the bottoms of both planes. The block plane was significantly worse, taking close to 2 hours to flatten the bottom whereas the #4 took a little over an hour. After the lapping was done, a wipe down and thorough cleaning with mineral spirits cleaned off the metal shavin...
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