Funny how He is always challenging me, especially when I think I’m at my limit and barely have time to breath, much less take on another woodworking task. A few weeks ago, my wife’s co-worker lost his dad. We went to the wake to give our condolences and support. It wasn’t really a surprise, as he’d been fighting with cancer for several years. Last night, she came home and said Frank had a request for me, if I was willing to help them. I don’t know if my ...
I cut the tails this morning but chopping them out will have to wait for another day. Here is the pine dog bowl stand that I made for my previous dog, Molly. It was a big help to her as she got older and had a harder time getting around. We have since passed in down to Annie, Molly’s replacement. I hand cut those dovetails, just like Jersey will get in her single stand, except her’s is in cherry.
Interesting how you can spend a hundred hours leafing through magazine and online articles and reviews, agonizing over a decision and then when you finally made up your mind and feel fully prepared, you find yourself almost back to square one when you stand in the tool aisle :) I decided on a router combo set, the Ridgid R2930 with a 2 1/4 HP 12 amp motor with 1/2 and 1/4 collet assemblies. I read a review in Wood Magazine stacking up the competition and out of 12 routers, it was one of fo...
I got a real start on my shop cabinets finally. I managed to build the shells of my router table, Mobile workbench and scroll saw bench. It’s really hard to keep from tripping all over everything in the garage. It’ll get more crowded than this before it gets ant better. I need to get my tools and stuff put away so I can work but I have to get this stuff built so I can put stuff away. Anyway, here’s a couple shots of my new workbench in progress. It’s 48×36̶...
All ready for the no-holds-barred competition on the 7th of February. Finish is two coats of Daly’s Pro Fin and one coat of Liberon Black Bison Clear paste wax. (Thanks Chris—I’m impressed with the product and thankful that no bison were harmed in its production.)
See: http://www.squidoo.com/stoutwoodworks I’m posting this mostly for myself, but if it’s helpful to anyone else, that’s great! I’ve been thinking of trying to make some wooden rings—to use up small bits of wood and (more importantly) to practise my skills (and patience!) working in miniature. The article outlines three techniques for constructing wood rings: bent wood, layering, and combination. The author also nicely illustrates why a ring made from ...
For vintage tool collectors, a short reminder that the second largest saw producer was the E.C. Atkins and Company in Indianapolis. The quality of the Atkins saws was equal to Philadelphia’s Disston, with a Indiana leader of metal as true as the steel of which his famous saws are made. To see my video tribute to this man and his company, click on the YouTube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b81Z1_cAucU
INTERVIEWING YOUR PROSPECT You have scheduled an appointment with your prospect and the day comes for your appointed time to deliver an effective presentation and you are on your way to closing the deal and gaining a new customer. Sometimes when you are in front of your prospect, they might throw you a curve ball that forces you to think quickly on your feet. The features and benefits you planned on selling them with come to find out are not the benefits they are looking for. For this r...
This was of great concern to the client, who kept a somewhat (understatement) close watch on things. When we rolled in the carcase on the two platform dollies, he asked if the felt pads were installed. “No, I’ll do that here,” I said. He allowed as how he’d really like to see how I did that. My helper left. To my delight, a long phone call kept the client away while I brought in my HF 1 ton floor jack. I just cranked up one end, removed the temp blocks, and stu...
Been having a lot of fun in my garage past two weeks I, I finished my out feed table for my saw and started working on all sorts of fun things, 2 thursdays ago we had a woodworkers guild meeting. A presentation was made about veneering, and some walnut veneers where given away for people to try out. He made it look so easy and didn’t need any fancy veneer press tools just some vaccuum style bags, and what my luck? Harbor Freight had some on sale for $5 so I picked up a box of these g...
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