Here is my entry for the bookcase challenge. Actually, maybe I should call it “how I forced myself to learn Sketchup the right way.” I had dabbled in Sketchup before but I never made drawings of different components that I then assembled. I spend a lot of time for this challenge watching the tutorials on YouTube and reading about proper Sketchup techniques online. I have worked with many 3D modeling programs before and some of the concepts are the same but there is certainly a le...
The coolest job in any restaurant belongs to the bartender. Sure, the chef gets the credit for the outstanding meal, the maître d’ for the ambiance of the place and the wait staff for the overall dining experience. But, when people want to have fun and strike up a conversation, they turn to the bartender. Think Isaac on the Love Boat. Tom Cruise in that stinkin’ movie about being a bartender. “Yes, Mr. Bond would like his martini shaken, not stirred, Mr. Sinatra wants a highball, an...
Hey folks. I decided I was going to get into the carpentry hobby. My background has been military, law enforcement, journeyman electrician and HVAC tech. This is new challenge so here we go. I just bought a Ridgid TS3350 tablesaw, Ridgid DP 15501 drill press and a Ridgid R29301 router combo w/benchdog extention table. I already have a vast collection of hand tools so I think I’m through until my project calls for another. I’m goin to just play with scrap wood that I have laying...
I wanted to let people know that after a long period off silence from my video podcast, I want to say that the shows may be coming back. Not sure yet, but we will have to see. I want to know what you would like to see from a show in the terms of projects, or use of tools/skills. Thanks. Any opinion is greatly appreciated.
It is dyed, stained and sprayed. Now for the final assembly. There is a lot more on this project, as in final assembly, then on most of my projects. I had to add the lights in the piers, headboard and header. I usually use curio lights behind the shelves, but I wanted to try some long florescent lights this time. I am still waiting for the glass for the top and the smoked glass doors. They should be ready today and I can post the finish project. Here are a couple pictures: Fo...
Chicago Lumberjocks Meetup/Woodworking Show December 2009 #2: Need some response if LumberJocks is going to be a part of this
I saw the photos from the Sacramento event and it looks like everyone had a really good time. You can check out the pictures here and here. You can look at the previous post in this blog for more information on the Chicago event. We need some people to at least say they are going to be attending the show. Ideally we would have some people who would be willing to sit at a LumberJocks booth for an hour or even give a short (15 minute) class. I need to get back to the people at the Woodwor...
Hello LJ’s, Today’s post is much better than the horrible drivel I put up yesterday. I am still practicing dovetails, but the regular readers will be thrilled to know, I didn’t talk about them at all in the post. Tonight’s post is about my attempt at taking a piece of twisted, rough cut, walnut and making it flat. This is my first try at such a task. Before I started I had a hard time imagining how one would do it. Now I can almost see that it is possible, with...
The rocker assembly is all I got done over the weekend. Friday evening and all day Saturday, my wife was off with the high school band as a chaperone along with my daughter. My older boys went camping the whole weekend. Then Sunday we had a fish fry. So I spent the weekend playing the role of superdad to my younger sons. In between all that though, I did get the rocker assembly done.Then came the hard part, getting the unicorn on the rocker assembly. I just couldn’t get her to jump for ...
It’s been a while, but it’s worth the wait. I asked a friend of mine, who’s a talented sketch artist, to draw up some artwork reminiscent of World War II bombers. I asked for something in the style of Slim Pickens riding the bomb in “Dr. Strangelove”, and including the name I chose for it, “Devas-tater”, and after some fine tuning, this is the finished product. I’ve been using it as my avatar for the last couple of weeks. The “Mr. Potatohe...
Greetings, I have been turning for less than a year and I have finally started to master the art of bowl turning. After a few bowls flying off the lathe…. A few blowing up… I have had a few now that have come off the lathe in one piece. My question the the Lumber Jock Nation is what is a good food safe finish for those wooden bowls that have survived? All comments and suggestions are welcomed!! Thanks!
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