This past weekend, we enjoyed two days of 70+ degree weather here in Castle Rock, Colorado. The formerly huge piles of February snow in the yard have finally melted. Consequently, the handsawgeek did not spend any time at all doing woodworking in the Basement Annex. Instead, I exchanged the shop apron for a gardening hat and spent a good amount of time outdoors, building up and preparing a raised garden bed, moving some perennials, and doing general yard cleanup. I should mention th...
This one started out to be an 11” bowl. I glued together 3 layers of 4/4 maple. Unfortunately when I was turning it the dang tool caught it BIG TIME and threw it on the floor. Took a chunk out of the bottom too deep to fix. I wasn’t taking pictures at that time so there’s no evidence it even happened. My first reaction was to toss it into the burn pile, but I set it on a shelf and over a few days I pondered it’s fate. I knew there was no way it could ever be a bowl....
I’ve been doing quite a bit of turning these past few weeks. I’ve been turning out a bowl every few days. The oil and lacquer coats take longer than the actual turning time, what with having to wait for drying times. Any hoooooo… Rather than make separate blog posts for all these, I figure I’ll put them here a couple at a time....These 2 bowls came from the same cypress log. When I was given this piece it had been sitting in a guys shop for almost 10 years, It had s...
It is a beautiful and sunny Wednesday morning here in Nova Scotia. One would expect to open the window and hear the birds chirping cheerfully, welcoming the dawning of another spectacular day. But that isn't really the case (yet!). There is still about two feet of snow on the ground and although the sky is clear and the sun bright, it will be just a while longer until we find ourselves rid of the snow and able to see the grass beneath and open the windows fully. But patience will pay off ...
The design of the front door is when its closed its vertical and upon unlocking and opening it it dissapears horizontally under the bottom drawer. This is what the original rough out looked like. It was a bit bland and heavy so I decided to cut it into rails and stile to make a four panel door. I didnt want a fancy profile and found I had a suitable shaper bit that would do the job Here is my test prototype. With a satisfactory fit production went ahead. First up I...
I’ve been accepted for clinical trials of a new chemo therapy drug at UT Southwestern Cancer Center in Dallas. Judy and I will spend half of each month in Dallas and a couple of weeks back home recovering. The plan is to continue this schedule for 3 to 6 months and see if it helps. To me the biggest down side is that the doctors don’t want me doing any woodworking. Bummer! I will be prone to infections and a simple cut could require a trip to the ER. So as usual I am depending ...
00,009 / 10,000 So I spent about an hour and a half flattening the bottom of my bench where my vice attaches and also removing material so my vice will sit flush with the top. below is the final product. The vice does not sit flush with the bench though it is about a fat 1/16. Is this going to be a problem? Also, the vice barely is not sitting square with the side of the bench. It is a slim 1/16 gap along the enitire length. The bottom inch or so is sitting flush with the side of th...
Had a surprise today, more funds available in the budget than I thought so I went to the lumber yard and got the wood that I needed. Got it all milled up and the front rail is now in the clamps. Due to my clamp shortage, I’ll have to glue up the last leg after I get home from work tomorrow night. But that’s good because it’ll set me up perfect for next weekend’s activities. I picked up a 2 – 5/8” forstner bit for the plastic bearing ring, a 4” fors...
A friend of mine studied Tae Kwon Do when he was younger and graduated up to Junior Black-belt. Now he has a bunch of colored belts and I decided to build him a rack where he can display them. I searched the internet for ideas and even got a few good ideas from the LJ fourm. I like the one that phamat built for his son I found similar designs through a Google search. I decided to make it a wall hung display rack because I don’t know where he would be able to put it if it were free...
Blast gate for shop vac50mm hose size. Back to wood…And dust.And more. Just had a three weeks influenza, could hardly breathe, so I thought it was time to kill the dust in my shop.Since I moved to this shop I always just moved the hose from one tool to the other, this also means sometimes not doing it, since I am really a human, or in other words; make mistakes and are sometimes more lazy than rational.But to set up my dust system again I needed some blast gates, since my number o...
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