I ordered a Bridge City Tools TenonMaker TM-1. It arrived yesterday. It is a small device. I am still trying to get experience with it. I was also interested in ordering their KM-1 Kerfmaker tool, but it was not in stock, or not a stock item. I believe customers must indicate that they would order this tool if Bridge City Tool made another production run. However, I am not sure if they are going to make the Kerfmaker again. Since I am left wonder on this subject, I am going to attemp...
The tires you will see here are just leftovers from other project but help get an idea what’s going on.There’s a lot more to this project than is first seen when looking at it just on a shelf as I discovered when I started building one..Of course making a frame out of dowels had something to do with that. It’s interesting how they designed the manifold, may be using this idea on other projects.
Today’s update is a bit incomplete. I cut out the soundhole and sanded down the olive wood rosette to be a little more level with the top. I bought a drum sander in the interim as I just don’t trust myself to flatten and thickness the top with any accuracy. I’ll send the top through the drum sander sometime soon to get the finished thickness/flatness for the rosette and top. I put the back behind it for contrast in the photo. I also have started trying to figure...
View Video on YouTube A few months ago I made a slab coffee table. It was quite an undertaking! I have 3 other blog entries on LJ about this. The first one is on how I Flattened the Slab with a Router Jig The next one is on how I constructed the base The other one is on how and WHY I inlaid the stars in the top. I also have a blog article on my website about how I did the Carving and Texturing on the Tree Trunk Base The video in This entry is an overview of the ENTIRE ...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1792: Finished the Pumpkin and Started Something New
It is already past my 'normal blog time' this morning, so I will get right down to business. I am figuring out that sometimes we need to sacrifice chit-chat for quality content. While I like to sit and muse about the day, my plans and life in general with you all, I am finding that sometimes it is best if I just get to what I want to do and talk about it a little less. The photos speak for themselves. My routine has changed somewhat lately and I have been trying to hit the gym pr...
I needed more wall space to get hand and power tools organized and out in the open, so I decided to work over the small patch of stone wall between the benches on the West side of the shop. Here is what the area looked like before conversion: The finished conversion: The most important criteria was that nothing hanging or sitting on the shelves would be struck by hands, shoulders or hips while walking past the wall. I frequently rely upon the AC-powered B&D electric drill, es...
I’ve completed 4 of the 6 drawer fronts. Hopefully I can finish the last 2 drawer fronts this weekend.
My Powermatic 701 benchtop mortiser with the changes I made dedicating the cart it was on as my sharpening center niw needs a monile cart of its own. Fir now it will ride on my milling cart.
Finally, I placed all of my sharpening equipment and sharpening stones onto this single mobile cart. This is my sharpening center. It consists of my Grizzly T100010ANV 10” Wet Grinder that I used my Tormek sharpening jigs that are mainly used to sharpen my turning chisels. When I started sharpening I used this flat granite stone with sandpaper with grits from 120 all the way to 2,000. After taking a Woodcraft sharpening class taught by the store’s owner Ryan Balls two weeks ago...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1791: It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like (Kim) Christmas
I have always been one of those designers that loves to work on designs from others that I admire. I can't help it. I see something that someone else creates that 'speaks to me' and I can't help but try to make the time to create it. I look at it as helping support the industry that I love so much. It also gives my brain a rest and keeps me feeling like I am having fun. After all – I believe that enjoying what I am doing is linked in a big part to the amount of success t...
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