Saw this during half-time over at www.coptool.com It seems Lowe’s and Dremel will be sponsoring clinics on how to make Pinewood Derby cars. I may have to take a spin in and see if I can snag a few kits. Might have a week-long science lab project there. —WW
Saint CroixMaFe on tour November 2010 A good friend of mine called one Wednesday and asked me if I was ready to go to Saint Croix newt Sunday!I asked what was the story, and he reply that he just thought it could be nice.I explain about my health and economy, and he said that I did not have to worry for the pay, and that he was aware of my fragile health, so if I was ill when we were there, I could just stay in my bed, and get better!So no catch, nothing I had to do, just to enjoy and get ...
Andy Chidwick is another furniture maker that I know and recently he stopped by my shop on his way to The Woodworking Shows. He is giving demonstrations and seminars on creating sculpted furniture. Although the time was much too short, Andy & I had a great visit. We even had time to get in a little video together for him to share what he would be doing at the show. You can see the entry & video interview here. We also traded shirts & hats that we each have to offer. Occasion...
Well it’s been 6 months into selling my wares at local markets and shows.And I have to say I have done well for myself since my first attemp.I did a local farmers market and been busy ever since!Talking with people led to a whole bunch of oppetunities and snowballed from there.I couldn’t wait for the holidays to be over so I could take a break or at least I thought the phone is still ringing!(not as much) Thanks for reading!
I’ve recently started woodworking over the past 6 months and I’ve been getting my shop together. I needed a table that I could use as an assembly, outfeed, and work table. I got the idea for this project from the newest Shop Notes Vol. 20 Issue 115. The idea is a small footprint work table that can expand to hold a full sheet of plywood for cutting. The table also has a sacrificial top so that I can abuse the thing without worrying about it. This bench is also completely made of 2...
I was putting together a segmented platter and had no way to glue the various pieces which were angular and odd shaped. My search of the woodworking catalogs showed me nothing that would do this. So I designed my own tool which would do the job—it surrounded the workpiece. When I used it, the project went together without a hitch. I’m showing you a picture of the tool I made and if you like, copy the idea. Thinking that other woodworkers may have had the same problem....
I decided on a new shop layout. Everything got moved to one end of the shop. Then the cleaning began. I have swept the ceiling, walls, cleaned every shelf and went through every box on the shelves. Not one piece of equipment is getting moved without getting cleaned and serviced. I figured it was as good a time as any to do it. Almost every thing in the shop will be in a new location. I’m about half way through the process now. I can’t wait to get it finished. The new layo...
This is a test of a jimmy rigged lazy susan mounted to a slow speed gear motor.I always have ideas running through my head about how to share my custom wooden rocking chairs and other pieces, this is one of the less refined ideas, but i’m happy my idea is going to work out well once I get the bugs worked out. Hopefully soon I will build a dolly for the camera so the camera can move while the chair rotates. This example is using a Walnut with Ebony plugs custom wood rocking chair, ...
Got No Work? Got No Work? You are not alone. But that doesn’t make us feel better. We need to survive. Remember when we prospered? Charles Neil has asked me to talk about this and maybe by doing so we can help a fellow woodworker? The thread that has been going on o the Blog started with Charles’ piece. “So you want to be a professional woodworker?” Some themes: “don’t quit your day job,” “I love this but…”, “what have I gotten myself into?” Everyone has a different emotional...
Taj Mahal, Take a Giant Step. I believe this is a Monkees tune, but I think Taj gives it a little more “feeling”
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