After seeing the price of a variable temperature soldering iron ($99!), I decided there had to be a cheaper way since I don’t need to use it every day. For about $15 total, you can get a Harbor Freight soldering iron and build this simple temperature control from bits from the home center. Step-by-step with tons of photos: http://tinyurl.com/kn52jo9 Cheers!
I actually finished panel fifteen of my "A Perfect World" embroidery project a couple of weeks ago. Needless to say, with the holidays quickly approaching, I haven't had very much opportunity to work on it. However, I am getting to the end, and getting pretty excited about it at that. There are seventeen panels in all, and I am half way through with panel sixteen as I write this. Once the panels are completed, I only have some details in the corner pieces and the quilting ...
My daughter is an avid reader and still prefers reading from a real book even though I think most 24 year olds are downloading books these days. Since books were stacking up on the floor, she asked me to build a second bookcase. The only space available was beneath two double hung windows. This meant the bookcase would need to be much more horizontal than vertical. She also liked the idea of something that she could also use as a bench. Here is what I came up with in SketchUp… ...
While I did most of the odds and ends yesterday, there were a few things I needed to do today to get everything ready to assemble. First, I have a location conflict with the leg closest to the wagon vise and the first dog hole: I knew this going in – I need a leg close to the end of travel for the wagon vise, but the dog hole spacing was going to be less than the leg width. For the holes around the leg vise leg, I simply added a bit of space between two holes, but for the leg clos...
I have started a new project for the winter. I am building a 19 foot Offshore Power Dory Build. I am 65 years old and have spent my life building things for everyone else. I have always wanted to build a boat, so with my wife’s blessing that is just what I am doing this winter. I have spent hundreds of hours studying boat plans, reading about building boats on boat building forums and researching about every thing I would need to know to build a boat. I picked a plan. A 19ft Offshor...
The top needs a 1×10 perimeter frame…. I was going to try using a Lock Miter bit I have, but couldn’t get a tight fit and the end grain locking tab kept braking. So I decided to glue and screw a simple but joint… to support the frame, I cut a shelves on the outer sides of the post tops. I cut the cheeks on the band saw and for the shoulders I set the depths stop on my SCMS and used the fence stop to get identical parts. A little paring with a 3̶...
After conspiring for some four years I finally saved up my pennies for the Grizzly G0602 metal cutting lathe. Had fun rigging it into my basement and began the process of disassembly, inspection and cleaning all the cosmoline off of it. These Chinese lathes are priced low enough for hobbyist to afford, but require a bit of TLC, as there are lots of burrs that need filing and grit to clean up in order to get everything moving smoothly. With the lathe weighing in at over 400 lb...
The other night I happened to be sitting in my shop. Yep…just sitting. And looking around at my little woodworking kingdom. I gazed at the workbench…at the tool shelves and racks along the back wall, lined with all of my oft-used hand tools neatly arranged and ready for me to pick up to make shavings and chips….then at the stack of cutoffs under the utility bench…then at the various boards and panels leaning against another wall, waiting to become a project. This night, I didn’t c...
I would like to give back a little considering how much I’ve learned from what everyone has shared on Lumberjocks. Here is a tutorial of how I’ve been building the CrushGrind pepper mills: Pepper Mill Turning Tutorial While this is not entirely new information, when I started turning mills it seemed like there were several approaches including some sketchy information. Enjoy!
Update. The top is well advanced now. I didn’t take pics fitting the tone bars, the process is mocked up using the back. Both sides of the bar are scribed. Because it is a compound curve the scribe lines are different on either side. Chalk fitting. Sanded to 180 and sealed. Oversize and offset tone bars as per Gibson’s innovator Lloyd Loar. Ball point taped to a block, the block is flipped for a finer scribe. The bars are oversize in case we need to scr...
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