We often read reviews of tools at the time when the tool is just released. However, this review is of a tool I have steadily used over the last 2 years and it is quite simply a joy to use. The Wixey digital angle gauge has the ability to take the woodworker’s skills to the next level because it is easy to use along with being very accurate. No longer does the woodworker have to rely on the less than accurate gauges of a table saw or a miter saw to approximate the angles to be set. One c...
The show season is nearly upon us here in the east. I’ll be trekking out to some of The Woodworking Shows again this year and I’m wondering if any of my fellow Lumberjocks will be there? I’ve got a couple of new demos geared up for this show season but you’ll have to come to the show to see and participate in one. Let’s just say one of the demos will teach/test your basic carving skills. The show is always a good time. It’s even better when I get to t...
Whew! Made it through another CHRISTmas. Not that it was bad or anything, it’s so busy that a couple of days rest is needed afterwards is needed. I hope that you and yours had a great time celebrating the season. Another year has gone and another is upon us. Can you believe it? In my last blog I discussed how I was in the process of gluing up one of the pedestals of our dining room table. Well, here is the finished product; Side by side Refinishing this was more daunting...
I have a friend that I sent to our web site so he could look it over and join. He sent me an e-mail saying it wouldn’t let him join/sign up as we were full and couldn’t take any new members. Is this true or did he just punch the wrong key? Anybody have any answers for this?
I need help identifying this object. It’s injection molded plastic; it feels very much like cheap kitchen utensils. It is made of two pieces and pivots in the middle – this appears to be for more convenient storage and not any function of the tool. The two prongs are not quite parallel (they pinch in towards each other a bit) but are springy in that direction – they will splay apart easily. The bottom edge of the prongs each has 3 shallow barbs, so that it can be easily ...
As a young Architect about fifty years ago, a seminar speaker surprised me with the statement that ‘within limits, light can substitute for sight’. Although the principle is obvious, I’d never thought about it quite that way, and it influenced my lighting design throughout my career. Many years later when I laid out the lighting for my shop, I used that principle along with good advice from an article in “Fine Woodworking’ magazine. My rather odd shaped shop with an area of 530 square fe...
Sometimes I can be somewhat dorky. By that I mean that the silliest things make me happy – things that are so small and insignificant that most normal people wouldn’t notice. I spent the entire day yesterday cleaning up and organizing my computer, and boy am I happy! As usual at this time of year, it really was a mess. I think that when I am pressed for time, I tend to not put things where they should go immediately and as with anything, they tend to build up. Even my desk ...
For Christmas my wife gave me a new router. I thought that I would be returning it, when I first looked at the box. When I was at WoodCraft last month to pick up my new bandsaw, the salesman wanted me to look at it, but I wasn’t really interested. After looking at it though,,,,,,,,, I decided I could find a home for it. I decided it would become a dedicated router table router, because I can lift it from above the table. I ordered a router lift from WP, but it looks like it is going...
Before getting into the specifics, I should say, this won’t mean much unless you own an Incra positioner, but if you don’t own one, they really do a great job in repeatable cuts, unmatched actually. In the past 2 years, I have purchased 3 different Incra setups off of Craigslist for less than 50 cents on the dollar. I gave one of them to my Dad, and still have the Ultra which I’m using on this router table, along with the TS LS (table saw linear screw) on my table saw....
Check out these links I recently found on a mathematics website. Very interesting stuff! http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2010/06/math_monday_mathematical_lathe_work.html http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2010/12/math_monday_mathematical_lathe_work_1.html
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