Late last year, before I put the saw away for the winter, a piece of the casting on the tablesaw broke. It was causing some vibration and the blade to move side to side a bit when adjusting height. Not good in conjunction with zero clearance inserts. Anyway, it is getting warm again and time to get the saw ready for what I hope will be a productive summer. The “key” as I am calling it had to be fixed. There are 2 parts that mount on a shaft and are keyed together you can see ...
WIA is this weekend in Cincinnati, haven’t seen any chatter on the LJ’s site. Anyone going? I thought it was a great show last year with some great presenters and “Marketplace” so I will be headed out early tomorrow for this years show. Hope to post a few pics when I get back.
Anyone heard of Enzo Mari? About a year ago, when I first started thinking I would get some tools and get serious about woodworking, I thought it would be cool to make a dining table. So I started looking for plans. After a few searches I gave up on reading the text and just started looking at the pictures. And then I saw THE TABLE There it was, beautiful and ready to build. If only I had the plans. I read on, and learned that in 1974 Enzo Mari presented an exhibit of 19 pieces of e...
First of a Series on a Contemporary Clock posted in my projects. Hope you enjoy.
Well my lumber was delivered and I went to a friends place to cut it down on a table saw and use his planer to get all the edges nice and clean. I ordered my lumber from a site called Woodworkers Source (Link), and although I was initially a bit hesitant to order online I decide to take the risk since the price was right. 20b.f. for just over $100 as it was on sale, and free shipping. Can’t beat that. Very happy with the selection I got, color matches pretty well and the grain looks ...
I don’t usually pray for wood, but with finances tight and a penchant for “up-cycling”, I mentioned it to the Ol’ Boy. A few days later the bread shop down the street pulled out a bunch of 2×4” and wooden shelving from their warehouse. The manager let me haul it all away. The shelving is 3/4” softwood that was screwed together. The total amount of good wood is just the amount needed for the entire frame. I also hauled away the 2×4s and 3/4̶...
I did follow the WoodWhisperer’s plans for the dog holes as well as many of the other elements. I reversed the dog hole jig to make one for the dog block which was canted in the opposite direction. The only thing that accomplished was it kept the 3/8” strip on the movable dog block on the same side as the glue-up. Routing the dog holes went smoothly, lots of sawdust and shavings! Gluing the thin strip to the routed piece with a full length caul. Broug...
I was fortunate enough to stumble across a sizable piece of redwood root system at my local thrift store. The owner buys storage lockers and he got in a huge haul of redwood. After buying a gem of a slab of Buckeye Burl, I had my eye on this piece and hoped it was the right combination of big, dirty and in the way that would necessitate a price drop. As luck would have it, a month or two of waiting allowed me snag this for $50 It’s heavy; probably 250 pounds (113 kilos) and ...
Well, late last night, went out and bought two packs of sandpaper, 60 grit & 100 grit. Gave the pine a good sanding all the way around, with both grits in a Palm sander. Dusted the now smooth mess off. Gave both faces of the door a good thick coat of Kilz Exterior Primer, and let it set overnight. Somehow, I managed to get paint on 9 out of 10 fingers, AND the door, and not one other thing in the entire shop! SKILL! Ok, this morning, brought the door up out of the Dungeon...
I have been making one heck of a mess in the dungeon, lately. Seriously. But it’s a necessary mess, because I am slowly upcycling two pieces of old, beat-up furniture that had been in the dungeon for well over a decade into workbenches that will never win a beauty contest, but will surely be stout workhorses until their final day. I can only show you the one I am working on right now. The other one needs a new top. That will have to wait until this one is finished and I can store all th...
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