I was really and truly writing my blog yesterday when some pretty impressive storms rolled in. Even though I am in the process of replacing the main components of my computer (motherboard, processor, memory, main drive) I really didn't want anything to happen to my current computer. I am awaiting delivery of the new SSD drive, and Keith should be changing things over in the next several days. The board arrived on Monday: It should be a nice change, although it will be a bit of a ...
Moving right along, now. I checked the narrow panel end for square…..zero to 1/4” along one side, zero to 1/16” along the other side. Circular saw to rough the wider one back to square, not going to worry about the barely there one. Clamped the panel into the leg vise, added a clamp out in front, #5-1/2 jack plane to joint the edge. I think I can try a test fit of all the built-so-far parts.. As for that top laying under everything?, well, the #5-1/2 went to town...
I have finished the boat!! It was launched this week. The boat did well on it’s sea trails, floated well and did not take on any water. I have 814 Hours in the build and the boat weighs 1749 lbs. But to not get to far ahead of the story, Since my last entry, I have trimmed the boat in White Oak stained to red mahogany, and finished with three coats of Sikkens Cetol Marine varnish. I made shaker style doors for the battery locker, the entrance to the cabin and a storage area under...
So after restoring the Brace and Bit last week I got really hooked on restoring old tools. There is something about old tools… that is really amazing and bringing them back to life is so much fun. Ok so to make one thing clear, I like restoring these tools and using them, not just collecting them. I think that these tools where made to be used not just put up for display. I also filmed the restoration process and the video is here: So this week I won an Ebay auction and for $10 I go...
So I decided to make my drills a little more readily accessible with this overhead hanging station above my out feed/assembly table. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6MhRcQnkCQ
Chair design is a fairly new design concept. Read Witold Rybczynski’s book called Home and he points out that chairs were used only by royalty for centuries. The idea of comfort only came later on after the Middle Ages. The notion that people could sit unceremoniously slouched around a dinner table took a few more centuries to take hold. We discover the intricacies of chair design this weekend. Three days of design, engineering, and joinery. What a trio! On Day One we look into the n...
And started to seperate at a couple joints! Ok, we have ways to deal with that. Clamps back on, to pull the parts back together. Then, to keep things in place, I have a little trick. Made sure that the side that was “up” was the inside of the panel. A few 5/8” long brads, three per joint, were driven in. I also, before the nails, flush the filler piece. Once all the nails were in and set, the sander took over. Everything nie and flat. Turned the panel over,...
The weekend is gone and so are my long days in the garage. While I was at work I was trying to think of ways to make the dadoes easier to cut. I decided to try and make some relief cuts with the circular saw and break that out and then make only 1 pass with the router, since it makes the biggest mess I want to use it as little as possible. I don’t plan on putting any holes in the back apron, so I have my first finished part of this project. I still need to sand it and I can’t de...
Well, at least it is now in a few clamps. Started off the day checking over the two side panels, now that they are out of the clamps….One was a bit wider at the bottom? Ok, scribed a line to match the other panel. Saw the extra stuff off. Rail was too long at the bottom. 1/4” down to 0” along one side. Dressed the saw marks with a plane. leveled the glue joints up. with a plane, and a sander with 60 grit pad. Got both looking spiffy, compared to last night...
I can think of many people who live in lovely places, yet sometimes take them for granted. I don't think we realize that we are doing this until for some reason or another (school, job, etc.) we are taken away from our homeland for any length of time and then return to it. It seems that we come 'home' and look at things with new eyes. We notice things that we hadn't paid attention to before. Things that were right there all the time. Coming from Chicago, I am perhaps more...
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