I recently posted a maple platter with chatter work done between the rim treatment. Karson asked that I post picture of the chatter tool. I posted a photo of several home made or shop altered tools that I use on the same project page. Several jocks volunteered guesses as to which tools were home made and which were not. Following is a recap of what each tool is from left to right: 1. bowl gouge custom ground the left wing is ground back very shallow enables me to get into tight spaces2...
OK, so, by now I assume you’ve read my previous blog entry. If not, just click here and go read it. This blog will make more sense. I’ll wait…I promise! You’re back? Great! Now you see what Plan A resulted in (well, you don’t actually see it, because frankly I want to forget about it, but you know what I mean). Of course, it was probably a bit of a freak accident to some extent, the wind usually isn’t that bad around here. However, it can happen (...
This morning at 8:15AM my boss came to my office and asked me to come with him. We went to his office where the HR Manager was waiting for us. He shut the door and I was given the news that my position was being eliminated and I was losing my job. Just 25 days short of 20 years of service. We were told before Christmas at a plant meeting there was going to be a work force reduction in early January. I never dreamed at the time I would have anything to worry about. However as time progresse...
I’ve decided to use my friends scroll saw for making the pieces for this project and to mimic the chess pieces from: GaryK I found a great book at the local woodcraft store about scrollsawing chessmen, I’ll have to pick it up next time for shape ideas. I’ll make sure to post some pictures when I do. Sadly I’ve exhausted all of the woodworking books at Borders and Barnes & Nobles, durring the past few sit-down sessions. On a positive note I was able to get ...
I just thought I’d share a few things I’ve learned about installing inlay banding. Everything I’m going to say will be pretty elementary to most, but might be helpful to some who haven’t tackled this technique yet. Here is a closeup of one of the corners of my recently posted chess table project: The easiest way to install banding on a mitered frame like this is to do it on the individual pieces before the frame is glued up. Once I had the four sides roughly cut...
I have been reading and commenting recently about shop air filtration and the concern for it. My decision to write this was to give the LJ’s community some facts about air filtration. Let me start with my knowledge base. I started my own air filtration business after my son was diagnosed with severe asthma at the age of 18 months. He is now 20 years old. My wife (an RN) and I immersed our selves into learning as mush as we could to make his breathing easier. We attended numerous seminar...
Ya know after reading the emag, I thought that it would be nice to meet all the Lumberjocks in West Michigan and yes other LJ’s in Michigan or surrounding areas would be welcome. So Lumberjocks of Michigan unite!!! Lets get together and share ideas or whatever. I would be glad to set it up. See ya soon
The project is entering its final stages with assembly and finishing remaining. The 2 hinged ‘roof’ pieces are now in place and this gives an idea of the various storage areas. The small triangular piece in the top unit is the access to the second hiding place. The door hinges on a dowel through an elongated hole in the door. I had thought a straight hole through would do the trick but neglected to realize that as the door pivoted open, it also had to drop down as ...
This is the first of a series of posts on the contemporary rocking chair on Furnitude: http://tinyurl.com/89zrf3
I woke up this morning to a storm. The “shop” is a total loss. One wind gust was recorded at the nearby television station at 62 MPH. I suspect that’s the gust that did the shop in. I was planning on anchoring the gazebo but just hadn’t had the chance. I guess this is what I get for that. So, now I get to drop back and punt. Hopefully this can be turned into an opportunity. Unfortunately, my tools got wet, the bookcase I’ve been working on got soaked, a...
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