I gotta take a pause on the tool chest build because…well….spring! I wanted to get this out as it is seasonally appropriate. Winter is over and it’s time to get ready for the warmer weather and undo some of the things that go with winter. A whole slew of handy tips and things that will make life just a little easier. I gotta say, this is pretty much my favourite time of the year. View on YouTube
This past week, I’ve put on the shop apron and grabbed some woodworking tools to build some accessories for my model rocketry hobby endeavors. In fulfilling my promise to Mrs. handsawgeek concerning limiting the model rocketry mess to a minimum and keeping things nice and pretty, I have been setting about fashioning some attractive display stands for the model collection. Since I also enjoy the pleasures of hand tool woodworking, the new stands are built completely with vintage tools. ...
I started my very sexy cornhole boardes. I went up to lowes and spent a very hard earned 60$ to make these. And brought all the lumber in the pouring down rain. Soon i should be able to start my first assembly step.
It’s quite amazing the transformation that finish will do to your wood. Today I applied the first coat of a wipe on poly, and the color drastically changed. In the photo below I’ve left a “bald spot” so you can see the stark contrast. Sadly, there are some blemishes in the paint. My guess is that they’re caused by smeared on wood glue that is not visible but is enough to block the varnish. My next project will be better! Sauce
Hey its ANZAC Day public holiday here in Australia so in rememberance of our fallen I manned the trenches this morning, the wooden trenches that is. First up I took the advice of our learned LJs and redesigned the seat and legs to suit their suggestions. Here is the rebuild. OK now back to the past. The seat sculpting commenced. I made a couple of jigs to shape the seat Then powering up the grinder and I had the chips flying big time. Next was the mortici...
I do most of the dusty work outside my shop, but there are times, when its raining or too cold to go outside to cut a board, that I would like to have some dust collecting for my table saw. So I made a collector that attaches my shop vacume hose to the top of my saw gaurd, to catch most of the dust that comes out towards me in front of the saw. Here is a video of the build of this project. https://youtu.be/vcMss6-8KXk have fun in the shop.
I did my main runs with 6” HVAC pipe, multiple blast gates, hung via jack chain. Took alot out of my wallet. Today, I went to town on the branch runs that will feed overhead stuff such as router table fence, tracksaw, palm sander, utility hose. I picked up some SDR and Polypipe last week to compare the two. Even though Polypipe was 0.98 per foot, folks said because of the internal ribbing action, it may cause a loss of CFM. I went ahead and used both SDR and Polypipe here because t...
This is kind of a follow up on the wegie sled blog where I had to make a segmented ring for a clock. I got the original idea from a fellow LJ Dave Dufour, but the lady I made it for wanted a religious theme, so I modified Dave’s design to a cross. The body of the cross is maple, and the ring is walnut and maple segments. I cut a square recess in the back of the upright piece to receive the movement so it would be flush with the back. The first picture is the finished clock with BLO and ...
As mentioned in my previous post, I had an interview with a local reporter, here’s the video, and for those of you wondering what I really look like now as opposed to my profile picture that was taken 33 years ago, here’s the sad truth. I forgot to mention earlier when I first posted this that all of the music playing in the background was done by me. View on YouTube
This is sort of an odd blog but I thought I’d share this simply because it surprised the hell out of me. It’s sort of a long story but I think a little background is needed for the surprise ending. So we live on the coast of southern Alabama. My mother and father bought an old summer home on Mobile Bay when I was one, so 50 years ago. That original house was essentially destroyed by a hurricane in 1979 and house was rebuilt 14 feet in the air in 1981. Yes, we did hang on to...
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