Not woodworking related, in case you count the bats… I’m a Braves fan and my boy John Smoltz locked up strikeout #3,000 tonight – one of only 16 to do so. Smoltz is a heckuva guy, does a lot for the community and has always stayed straight throughout his career. He hosts a bible study at the Braves clubhouse and mentors the rookies as well, tries to keep them grounded in the wake of fame and money. Not many could be more deserving of hitting a milestone like this!
Well yesterday was a rain-out day, so today was a double-header. Well not really true. But the deck boards were going down well. You can see my 20 ft pipe clamp that I’m using to compress all of the deck boards and take out the woofs, and the bows that always seem to show up after your get the perfect boards home. So much for hand picking. Everything was going well until I got close to the edge. Of course I was planning to stop here until I did the electric for the ligh...
After putting my banjo project on display, I have received a number of comments running the gamut from complimenting the wood used to alluding to banjo player jokes. It seems as though there is a significant number of us that would like to build musical instruments, but are too intimidated or feel perhaps they are not musical enough to succeed. I really want to encourage you, if you are thinking about doing something like this, to give it a try. Go ahead and buy one of the many great ̶...
I forgot to bring you all up to date. How you get noticed by Google and Yahoo is called “meta names”. These names are embedded in code in your web site on each page. Google and Yahoo! use crawlers to find and read these meta “tags”. They use them to pick where and in what categories your site is listed. I now have a program that lets me go in and change and add to my “meta names”. The problem, I found out, is that .mac doesn’t allow for this. There...
Coalescing With Wood ....my life is lived as a worker of wood, these stories i tell are the fruits of my dreams, where it not so i would have told you so, just as gifted stories tweak my imagination in the all that i am… —-yes i laugh at my-self for the rustic wood spirit i am, just as when i pause in the woods for silence, and often out here i can hear the ancient ones laughing also, these are as much their stories of laughter as mine…. ....stories are told among t...
This post was inspired by one with a nearly identical name over at Modern Woodshop. It seemed worthy of being classified as a meme, so let’s all join in and share our own personal embarrassments. As for me, I don’t own all that many tools yet, so I have had fewer chances to make dumb purchases. While Dave has six tools of which he’s embarrassed, I only have three. And here they are: 3. Bevel gauge kit (via eBay). I wanted a bevel gauge. On the one hand, I didn’t ...
well there have been a couple personal setbacks that are costing me both time and money… i got hit with a steel band close to my eye at work, it got me just under the safety glasses! i am a very cautious person, and had i not been wearing my eyes… well you all know! that happened last Wednesday and after a long relaxing weekend i am happy to be seeing much better, but have still not been quite up to par. then my truck got attacked by a 3/4” bolt to my drivers side rear...
I wrote a blog quite a while ago about spalted woods and the dangers of working around the dust of them. I was working with a lot of spalted maple at the time and I awoke one morning with my eyes almost swollen shut, itching and hurting like crazy. I always wear a face shield, cloth mask and glasses when working on the lathe and had no idea it had anything to do with my woodworking. I went to my eye doctor and she looked over the situation and seemed quite perplexed. She said “you know ...
Moved my tools into the shop today and picked up the band saw and radial arm saw on Saturday. Was a little disappointed when I saw them. They had been poorly stored and now need some refurb. Nothing to major a little paint on the cabinets, new table on RAS, remove some surface rust on cast iron table, lots of fun ahead. Unfortunatly the electric company still has not hooked up my power yet, not sure when that will happen, all I know is that I am on the list. I have/will post new pictures unde...
And it’s big. Still sitting on the kitchen table for now – I expect to be opening it (with lots of pictures) a bit later this evening. It’s very exciting!
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