Puttered around in the shop space for a little while tonight. Got the chunk of wood out of my vise, and gave both vises a quick inspection and spray of wd-40. Took a few measurements for the space plan. Got rid of some junk. The plumbing stack is a 4 inch pipe, ten inches away from the rear wall, and 34 inches away from the side wall. I rolled my big tree trunk round over behind it. I think I could put the drill press stand to one side of the stack, and a shelving/storage uni...
Started the new year off right with many hours in the shop working on the harp project. I’ll try to keep track of my hours- a good guess would be about 10 hours to date.I don’t kid myself that working with this foam is anything like working with wood, but I need to get a prototype before I can even think about making working drawings.I spent a lot of time trying to get my styrofoam pieces to stay in the right plane before I got the brain storm to make some supportive blocks at the...
Assiniiboine Community College Woodworking course #5: The penultimate class :-(... I was on time again!
Well even after having to go back to work for an hour after getting the kids home from school and Jenn home from work I managed to make it to class with about a minute to spare. Today was mostly about working on our nail trays, but Ryan did give us a good demo on using a rabbet plane (to create a rabbet for the bottom of the nail tray) and a demo of a hand brace. I was impressed with how easy it was to drill a half inch hole with the brace…I will be keeping my eyes open for one now! ...
I installed all the hardware and now it’s officially a box. The screws were a bit too long so i had to cut the ends off. I have even put the dice tower to test, I have decided the walls for the catcher are too tall to see into. I am thinking about lining the walls of the tray with mirrors for easy view of the dice. Now I have to think about color.
Quite a while ago I was doing a craigslist item pickup at a house where they were doing alot of landscaping work. As part of the work, they were getting ready to take down two rather large Big Leaf Maples (aka soft maple). Before they could buck them up into firewood, which is a crime in my book, I talked them into cutting them into 6’ lengths for me to haul off. They ended up being 24-30” in diameter. One had a nice crotch in it that should yield some interesting woodgrain patter...
Well, Week one is in the books. I had $115 going into the Weekend, I bought a nice vintage 1460 Delta lathe on Saturday off craigslist for $60. I have parted it out and it’s currently on the Bay. I went to the Rosebowl today and bought a couple of tools for $9 which are currently for sale on another site. I also bought the first 47 issues of Shop Notes magazine for only 10 bucks… got a love the Rosebowl. I’m going to keep the Shop Notes but will deduct the cost from my total...
I hear distant power tools. Is everyone working on a project today. I did and man am I sore. I’m getting to darn old for this. I didn’t even plan on doing this today, but I really didn’t have much else to do, so one thing led to another and there you have it.I started off doing some calculations to determine how much material I needed, then went to Lowes to price it out and decided to just rent their truck and haul it all home. I managed to only have the truck about an ho...
Well, it’s been a disheartening day. My lifelong family friend and mentor in both woodworking and science recently died, and his funeral was held this morning. He ended up taking his own life, completely out of the blue without any warning or reasons that could be seen. Recovering from the shock has involved a lot of appreciation for the things I love in life, including woodworking. Thus, I’ve been spending a lot of time in the shop on this project and thought I would take the...
In a world of high technology, things are bound to get messed up sometimes. Such is my little world here. A couple of days ago, Kieth got a new mouse. Like many of our devices, it is cordless. Since then, I have been having troubled with my Logitech cordless keyboard, which I absolutely love. It seems that it decides at certain times that random keys just aren’t going to work. I spent the morning downloading the latest drivers and doing other acrobatics like moving the transmit...
If for whatever reason your new Kerfmaker produces either too tight of a joint or too lose of a joint the adjustment is super easy! EDIT: in the few hours since this video has been on youtube I have gotten more negative response and messages than positive. I understand that if cut correctly your joint should be nice and snug. The simple truth is somewhere along the process of my larger kerfmaker I input the same error not once but twice. I have no problem sharing my mistakes. Apparently th...
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