WooHoo! I finally got some time to finish off my new bench, and it turned out great, if I do say so myself! Getting the legs mounted was a little bit of a challenge since the diagonal braces warped a little since I first cut them (shocker, I know! Construction grade lumber warping? Never have I witnessed that before!). With a little coaxing, everything went together square, and with a little extra bracing under the open span, everything is rock solid. For each of the diagonal brac...
After a little soul searching (sorry for the pun) as to whether to grind the sole completely flat and get rid of some of the pitting, I finally decided to leave the pitting and just “lightly” flatten the sole of the plane. It took a while, but after killing several sheets of 60 grit sand paper (mounted end to end on my table saw) I started getting “flat” lapping on the entire length and width of the sole. Boy, that took a long time, and sure did generate a TON of b...
My Build A Maloof Inspired Rocker Instructional Bundle has helped fine woodworkers all over the world to build their “Bucket List” rocker. The following is one of my favorite customer feedback stories. It really touched me that a project from Columbus, Georgia could reach around the woodworking world. Part 1 Thomas Friedman’s book “The World is Flat” describes the world’s new reality. The computer and the Internet have made it possible for people to c...
At last!!! a wood gloat of my own! I made friends with the demolition people that demolished the old house on the property I bought. They happen to fell a tree every now and then. this time they cut down a 105 years old European beech.The log was 5 meters long, about 80 cm wide. they were good enough to bring the log to their back yard so I can mill it at my leisure (really really nice people). I loaded the mill on my trailer, unloaded it, set it up (oh, my poor muscles… the term ...
During my visit to Bukit Tinggi, Sumatra, Indonesia I for the first time had chance to watch Hydropower Flour Mills in action. I took a few pictures – and LOL… only two of them are quite clear. The hydropower mill is the undershot wheel type. The wheel (all components are made from wood) is mounted vertically on a horizontal axle. The flat boards, called floats, mounted radially around the rim. It is turned by the impact of water pushing/striking these float boards as it flows und...
Christopher and I spent the day at the shop. We threw his bike in my truck and took off about 11 this morning. We have been building a checkerboard and he wanted to make the checkers today. Spending the day with my 6 yr old at he shop is the best. He has inherited my “love” of sanding. We had to sand the checkers made from 1 1/4 dowel slices. Managed to sand the checkerboard to 150. I forgot how difficult it was too sand oak (and birch). Need ot look up tonight how ot re...
Home sweet home! We got home last night after spending the rest of the weekend in San Diego. It was a pretty relaxing trip since we didn’t really have anything else planned beyond checking out the college and that was all done by Thursday evening. First off, thank you to all those who commented on my last entry! There were definitely some good points made. In this entry I will give you an overview of my experience and share some of my thoughts. I think writing it down will help ...
A neighbor has a nice big Bradford pear that lost a major fork during the winter of 2006. Turns out some fungus had gotten down into the crotch-wood and during a big storm, CRASH!!! a good third of the tree came down. They chopped and lopped and mulched galore, but there were a couple nice size logs left out in front of their house for “firewood, or whatever”. I nabbed them knowing nothing about the properties of pear tree wood, but under the assumption that if Cherry and App...
Made some progress…..<div></div> And was given a nice vice…..... I like free stuff ;-)
I will update this blog weekly it is a journal of on my woodworking business, MY successes, failures, what works and What don’t Yesterday I broke the cardinal rule and worked in my shop on Sunday, however the lessons I learned over the past 5 days are priceless. The first lesson learned is time is the most precious resource we have and the most wasted and under utilized, a week of vacation from my job and spent in my shop was the refresher I needed to set the course of my directio...
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