An Ebay Score 24” long, 8 lbs, 10 oz
Short and sweet. A mini-swap with Jim “Boatman” of LJs, he sent me something first: a brass (no, make that bronze) mallet head he made. It’s small, it’s beautiful. I have to come up with a suitable handle, but started with a simple dowel to get some idea of ideal length. What I didn’t realize was balance may be optimized if I choose a handle style that can incorporate some kind of counterweight. Not a lot, but you know what I mean. Anyway, I love it!...
While visiting my youngest son Mark and his Sofie in Sweden this last summer, we saw a charming corner cabinet in their kitchen that was made by Sofies father about 25 years ago. The interesting part is that he hates woodworking and just did it to make some extra money needed for his young family at the time. Just goes to show that having a talent for something does not necessarily mean a person likes to do it. Sofie made the comment that the crossing lines on the side and bottom of th...
This is the first post of three relating to cloned planes – vintage planes made by the likes of Stanley, Sargent and Millers Falls for catalog companies such as Sears. http://workingbyhand.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/the-clone-wars-part-i/
I was astonished to see that my last update was over 300 days ago. Life is eating me alive! So I’m beginning the frame glue up. Here are some triangle braces being glued on. A little nervous, but so far so good. I’m trying to keep everything square and level in the process. All my cuts have not matched well, so I’m doing a little sanding to some ends on my Shopsmith sanding wheel to get them squared off. Be good to your wood.
This is where we left things last time…-----The desk is quite strong, however it looks pretty plain at this stage. The next step is to add 8 inside corbels, so I made a template routing jig. I like to use toggle clamps, because they double as handles when routing. Carpet tape also works, but for workpieces this small I prefer toggle clamps to keep my hands clear of the bit. -----After cutting the rough shape at the bandsaw, I trim the corbels to size at the router table.-----In no t...
Hey there LumberJockians! Im building a low back dining chair that I will pair with a desk. I got my booty bucket carved out. I used a grinder with a flap disk. Lots of dust, but also lots of future wood filler. Since I used a grinder all the edges are round and smooth. I am wanting a more clean line with a drastic initial curve into the basin. I hope that makes sense. Anybody have suggestions on how to make my chair look more like the “standard” basin? Does t...
I have decided to chronicle my woodworking journey as part of my therapy and boy do I need it! I am 65 years old, a husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and a disabled Vietnam Veteran. Oh yea, I’m also a Pastor of a Christian Church here in Waco, Texas. You’d think I had plenty to keep me active. So why would I want to add “Woodworker” to my titles? It’s simple, I have Liver Cancer and PTSD from Vietnam. Agent Orange isn’t so good for the liver. I ...
Even though Keith and I usually don’t feel like we are adding a lot of new patterns, it seems that our product line is growing by leaps and bounds. Our “loose” goal is to put out a newsletter about twice a month introducing our new designs and letting people know what we are up to and while I thought that would be something that would be difficult to maintain, I find that the newsletter are never short of new items or announcements. I guess we are both pretty busy. I rea...
A short video of the CNC lathe I used to round the columns for the trophies.It can be found here… http://youtu.be/SJ3AeBP_KJIThe turned columns After being fluted on the 4th axis CNC router
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