Ok we got iced in from a winter storm and that made me some shop time. So let the glue up commence. It is not a very big assembly but I have been working on it for a while.What do you see wrong on the leg assembly. Some moron, namely me, ran my dadoes out of the ends of my rails. Now I will need to figure out a cover up plan.So while the glue dried I had a cutoff of the lid and started playing with some finishes. I used some bright red milk-paint and laid a coat of it about a week ago. Then I...
Alaska Jim's Comments of the Day #31: Some Things are Better Now……….Battery Drills and Drivers…a Drive Buy.
OK, let’s be honest, we all do it………the impulse buy, or let’s call it a Drive Buy. Much more descriptive. You know, you have been eyeing something, even may have done a little research on what to buy……..but you are Driving your cart down the aisles. Eyes flickering to everything new and shiny, wondering what would fit in your nest, at this point your brain functioning in Crow Mode, you know……birdbrain. Impulse in Command. Feeling good, perchance. Probably pleased the spouse recently, perhaps ...
Just read superstretch’s blog entry and it let me know I could now join up. I think I found this site following The Wood Whisperer, but I’ve been reading, watching and learning for quite some time. I know some of you will warn me of the impending addiction, but you’re too late. My wife already says I’m obsessed. Anyway, my first contribution will be a detailed review on the Steel City 35990G granite top table saw. A little hint … it’s not good :-) Oh wel...
Today I met and visited the home/shop of fellow LJ, Paul (HarleySoftailDeuce). Paul lives in Bristol, RI about 10 miles from me. We met at a local Dunkin Donut shop and had a coffee and breakfast sandwich. We got to know what tools each owns as well as how much woodworking experience, etc. I thought to bring a small photo album that has some of my projects in it as well as photos of my shop. Paul then asked if I wanted to take a short ride to his home to see his shop and I agreed. I s...
The project: Four each plant stands 27” high by 15” deep by 60” long. Material: 5/4 cherry substructure; laminate top with cherry edge. Here you see the 5/4 material milled to dimension—square—and cut to length for the various parts. There will be two horizontals each side—rail and stretcher—and on the 60” length there will be two 5” verticals, kind of like mullions, spaced evenly. This gives it some actual rigidity and considera...
Hello Lumberjocks!I’ve waited on the sidelines for a few months watching, with lots of interest, the goings-on on this site. I couldn’t wait to join! I got a message back from Martin early this morning saying that registrations were opening back up today and here I am! I’ll leave my intro-telling to my profile, but I just wanted to say that I look forward to being a part of this group!
This Blog follows the building process of one of my Gunsmith Boxes. See the finished project HERE: A new addition to my personal website is a blog which I use to keep clients updated on the progress of their projects. I copied the contents of my blog here for you to see. If you would like to follow my blog as I update it, just click here and sign up for the RSS feed (at the bottom of the sidebar) ...Enjoy! SELECTING AND MILLING LUMBER The selected Padauk in the back of my truc...
More than a year ago, I finished a lot of site specific commission work for a client. Stuff like a kitchen, flooring, wall paneling, bedroom and bathroom cabinets, staircase etc. The client was rather specific in what he wanted. He selected wood combinations, I was provided photos (downloaded from the Internet) showing specific design elements, the client made conceptual sketches. The final aesthetic design of all these units was collaboration between us. I made dimensioned drawings and su...
I like wood because you can put stuff in it. I don’t mean you can make a box and fill it with things. That’s not the kind of stuff I’m talking about. I mean the sort of stuff that makes us willing to change the worst baby diaper or ride your bike 50 miles a day out in the cold to train for a race. The stuff that makes you satisfied and at peace when you come home after a hard day’s work. Even though your body aches, your heart is well and warm. It’s more th...
Its been a little bit since I have added to this series but I have been very busy as of late. This blog will focus on re-painting the plane body and frog. This is one thing that I usually skip over when restoring planes. Most of the planes I have restored still had pretty decent japanning and showed only minor chipping and wear. That is fine with me, especially if I am going to be using them. However I have restored planes where the japanning was so damaged that I felt they needed a new pa...
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