A Lot has happened since my last blog entry First lets start with the project statusHours. 101.0 Cost 2551.09 Last February 2014 we packed up and moved to Houston for a new career. The Garwood project was dismantled and shoved in a shed until we found a house and the project could be relocated. I spent the better part of the summer setting t up the workshop in the garage. Once that was complete I built a new strongback and resumed the build. I finally figured out how to build the ...
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First off, wow, I can’t believe that I never finished this blog. And, for that, I apologize but I was too excited after I completed it that I never took the time to get back to it. So, here it goes. Unfortunately, since it is all put together, all I have to provide is the minimal pictures that I took during assembly. Nothing about putting it together was very difficult, but ensuring an air-tight seal makes it run all the better. The first aspect of construction is to create the...
I have had a shop set up in my garage for the last 3 years. I have learned and grown a lot. One thing I have not been good at is organization. Finding a system that works for me that I can maintain has proved very difficult. I have been feeling more and more discouraged with shop clutter as my shop has grown. Hopefully I can get a system down that works.
Hi my fellow crafters.I am going to be doing a series every week (as time allows) on how to setup a workshop, what tools to buy to get started, some tips on what is the “best way to do this or that”, ideas on how to improve your tools and get the most out of them. I plan to share what I have been learning over these last twenty years doing toys, custom cabinets, libraries bookcases, and other things I have learned by the school of hard knocks. Please check back each week to see ...
I got it done. The only thing I might do is paint the additional parts on the motor cover battleship gray. The scale was made with a clear self-adhesive shipping label. I got out my tachometer and made a test run and marked the speeds on the lathe. I then took a photo of this pencil scale head-on and laid out on my computer the scale. I made a printout and went to OfficeMax and they copied it on the shipping label for 68 cents. Can’t beat that! I put the switch for the DC ...
26 Jan 2015 Darn it! Ran into a ‘conumdrum’ of being unable to make the crooked morris chair arm as I did in the past. You know, cut from corner to corner and flip the cuts around. Well, I’ve been kinda dreading this time. My bandsaw is just not up to taking a 5” piece. Using the table saw isn’t on the radar either. Hmmmm? So as Baldrick would say to Black Adder: “Sir,I’ve a clevr idear. We could grow a tree with a 9.5 degree bend and w...
Recently, I bought a diamond ‘stone’ to sharpen the tool steel cutters on my RM. It seems to be worknig OK but soon I’ll be doing lathe tools and I would be guessing as to which type to get for the HHS tools as well as the carbide bits.any info would be greatly appreciated and links to your suppliers. Thanks in Advance
Trying to source hickory in the dimensions I need for a turning blank were more difficult than I anticipated. I looked in to bat billets but found them extremely expensive. I even looked into large hand tool handles, like sledge hammers and such. I could have made them work but there would be very small waste margin and seemed like more work than it was worth. I found 8/4 hickory dowels online but minimum orders and shipping were out of the question. I knew the best thing would be to just ...
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