As I start the morning in my typical fashion of black coffee and cigarettes, I blow the sawdust off the lid of my travel mug and find my miniature files and carving tools. Such has been the highlight of my mornings, waking up to sharpen my tools for the day. Being laid off has been daunting my thoughts, and my car still being stuck in the impound has aided my lack of income into throwing me into a very dangerous state of being. I’ve been edgy lately, with those who deserve it and tho...
It just makes me so darn angry. The life I have led has been one of logic. I am the son of a mathematician and much of my adult working years have been spent as an analyst. When I make a dumb mistake it grates on my nerves worse than finger nails on a chalk board. Now I don’t have delusions that I am going to progress in woodworking mistake free. Quite the contrary, I see my mistakes as an opportunity to learn. I have learned a lot. The angst I am feeling come from not only makin...
before i start this post i just want to give a quick apology to Todd. Based on my last post about the Bubinga I’m not sure what response i’ll get when i add some more ;) Alright now here we go. Today was a very good day! My hockey team won in a 1 – 0 thriller and when i got home i had a nice big box sitting on my front porch, and we all know what that means…. MORE TOOLS!!!!! So today my shipment was from Lee Valley and it was quite a big one. Exhibit A Exh...
It’s time to finally start building stuff. For my first project I decided to build a Roll-Around Tool Cart based on the plans from ShopNotes # 54. All the parts cut and ready to build! The Drawers assembled. The Cabnet, divider , and back assembled. Drawers and Hindges installed. (Note – My camera lenses at wide angle distorts the image, it’s really not cooked like it looks) Doors and Top installed. Handles made from 2×4 sc...
I spent 2 hours today trying to bang out the bearings on the old cutter head… What should have been a relatively easy install resulted in me having to nearly tear apart the entire planer so that I could get a punch to the far side of the head and start beating the crap out of the bearing. The good news is that finally the bearing started to move and I was able to remove the old cutter head. The bad news is that I sheered off the locking mechanism trying to remove the bolt that holds ...
Just saw an honorable mention to some teenage wood workers in Wood Mag, March 2010, fellow LJs, Kosta Viennas, 14, and Denis Rezendes, 16. Keep up the good work!! Just a note to Kosta, saw your home profile nice to see you take a new road from your friends you lost, best of luck to ya! Even if not that much scares you and thats why you don’t like safety glasses, it’s still nice to be able to get older and continue woodworking with both eyes and all 10 fingers. Good luck!!
It’s taken just about forever, but I just used my tablesaw indoors, and my 1hp Harbor Freight mini and a Loxes bucket cyclone kept the air FREE of floaties. I’m sure they’re still there somewhere, and I know the thing needs a good bit of snigging up, but I’m just so glad I can now actually work on stuff while not outside. It really did seem like I was cursed for a while. There are more adapter on that thing than I can count. It’s like there was no way to just...
Ordinarily, in my “Apartment Projects” entries, I showed you things that I’ve done over the course of the years I’ve lived here. This one is a small work in progress. The Problem: I have two steamer trunks that were given to me by my Dad about five years ago. They came from his Parent’s house and belonged to his Grandmother; the very trunks she used when she came to America back in the late teens.One has a curved topThe other a flat topIt’s my understanding...
I just got my Grizzly Catalog in the mail. Now I am drooling over all the tools I could buy. Any donations are welcome ;)
Planning a project is often my favorite part (aside the finished product). Thus there will probably be many many more plans/drawings on here than work updates. However, this project is going to be seen through to completion as I need a workbench in my shop for future projects I probably won’t finish. I’ve scoured books, magazines, and the internet to come up with a good vision of what I think I need in my bench. My current shop is 10’x20’ so space is at a p...
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