SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!(That was my happy scream!) JEI GOT A NEW SHINY!!!!! Ok so Sears had the Craftsman 21833 Contractor Saw on sale for $100 off to craftsman club members, so I been scrimping and saving and working to earn enough to get it before the sale runs out on the 27th. Well today I happen to look at the site and I see they have a free delivery thing going on (I only live 5 mins away from the nearest sears but hey, if its free…) and anyways, it would quality for an...
Just joined today and I already got a number of emails and one PM welcoming me to the board. Thanks a bunch for the warm greetings! I’m totally new to this hobby. I’ve been slowly adding to my garage arsenal the past couple of years with a fair bit these last few months. Until recently, my purchases have been mostly general homeowner stuff….cordless tool kit (Ryobi), socket/wrench set (Craftsman, all 6pt), pliers and other misc tools (Kobalt/HF). In the past few mon...
I recently read a short article in one of the current woodworking magazines about a simple three step, foolproof (thats the part that caught my attention) method finish. The first step was to wipe on and then off a light coat of BLO. “to bring out the natural color” or words to that effect. Although I was going to whip out the small face vise the very next day cool temps and some sanding etc of the frame was in order first. Among others I wiped the tail vise with BLO just to s...
I was at hamcation (an amateur radio vendor and swap meet) in orlando this weekend and to my surprise someone was selling this! I walked around a few times, haggled for a bit, and finally walked away with the thing for 130. what searching I could do on my phone at the time and afterwards seems to suggest that this was a good deal. in addition to the mini lathe there was a set of basic chisels and a set of crowntools from Sheffield England. So do I have dumb luck, or am I just plain ...
Since this was going to be 32+ feet long I needed to build it in at least three sections in order to handle and transport it to the karate school. In order to maintain alignment in the shop and then at time of installation, I built in two joints that slide together using a plate of hickory wood with dovetailed edges like this one. Essentially it’s an over sized dovetail joint that uses friction to hold itself in place. The hickory piece was made to snugly fit into the first dovetail s...
I’ve been working on this sculpture for a while at TechShop and at home. It’s taken a long time but I’m finally finished and wanted to share it with you. Video of it In Action Here’s my build-journal of sorts. I started out with a vague idea of making a digital Victrola. I thought about making an iPod dock attached to an old horn but quickly abandoned the idea for a couple of reasons: it’s been done already (!) and it didn’t satisfy my artist...
I made the raised panel doors, dry fitted them and glued up this morning. Sanded doors and mounted hardware. Mounted all the hardware and doors to make sure everything is as it should be. I have a little more finish sanding to do, then I’m going to paint it with Federal Blue milk paint and then clear coat it. Inside cabinet. Here’s a better picture of top.
I have been a bit homeless and sharing off of other blogger’s platforms. I am starting my own site and blog that is directed to the woodworking community. My current site is static and primarily functions as an online portfolio for my clients. Well, I am actually rehashing what I posted at my new site. You can check it out here: http://www.americancraftsmanworkshop.com/
... is now mine. I just left the Woodworking show. I have been looking at (OK, ogling) them for awhile. Honest, I only went in to man the booth for the St. Louis Woodturners, but…. well, let’s just say that impulse control is not my strong suit. So, anyone in the St. Louis area interested in a Craftsman Hybrid table saw? (it’s the 1 1/2 HP model). I’ll cut you a great deal; I can’t get the Sawstop set up until the Craftsman goes bye-bye. I’ll blog...
Well, I got a call on Friday that I was no longer needed at my job. (very disappointing). So now I can get back to the task at hand of building these damn shelves. I visited with Jockmike2 yesterday and may be willing to try his suggestion of using my router to do the dadoes. I am going to do some math before I decide to do that though. I still may be able to use my dado set. Will keep y’all posted. Rick
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