I’ve been meaning to talk about shop safety for a while. The recent news that a jury awarded a guy $1.5 million prompted me to do so. I feel that safety is not the ultimate goal in woodworking. Creating something out of wood is first. I recommend reading Mike Rowe's article about Safety First.
I am in a really really really REALLY good mood :D Been working for one of my friends the last year (nothing spectacular, doing stuff on the computer from home, he works for a web publishing company) and he just told me he got approval to move me up from what is essentially freelancing (paid-per-entry kinda setup) to salary starting in the next pay period (April 1st, and I already told him if this is an elaborate practical joke I WILL murder him with fire) :D Twice the money, plus (after ...
Hello All, It took me 3 days to finish the book I promised to finish in two, but that was mostly because I kept rereading the good parts. And there were a lot of good parts. Today I am posting my blog piece a bit early, because my parents and I are going to the first round of the NCAA women’s tournament in Ames tonight. I am very excited and confident that the #4 seeded Cyclones will do well. I will not be rolling out of Hilton until very late and likely won’t arrive ba...
Here are a few pics of the greenhouse after the winter. Everything held together quite well. We have VERY windy winters so I used tie-down straps on each corner anchored to rebar to keep it from blowing away. The straps will be coming off soon.
2010 has so far been an amazing year for my studio. Not only have I been in my most prolific stage since College, I have also been expanding to become a real business and educational resource. For my Christmas (birthday and anniversary) present from my Partner was a 16” Jet Bandsaw. I was elated since my other one died about 3 years ago.. hampering many projects in process. To celebrate the newest addition to my studio, I revamped my whole workshop… updated to be able to tutor ...
Hey, Friends and Neighbors! I know I promised the opening of the packages Charles sent a couple days ago. Sorry for the delay.I opened all three of those big, heavy packages that Charles Neil was so nice and generous to send . In a way, it’s a kit with all the patterns and with each piece of wood labeled for its’ specific use. All of the wood had 1/4” ply wrapped around it to protect it from damage in shipping. It’s ...
I scooped out the chair seat today. The first three pics you can see the scooping that was on the original chair . . . it got deeper as it went back and shallower towards the rear. I chucked up my ¼ spiral upcut bit in my plunge router and set it to 1/16 and made an “outline” of what needed to be cut. That black mat under the seat is some leftover non-slip matting used for tool chests. I then switched the spiral for a ½ straight sit bit. After following the outline I drop...
After thoroughly sealing the bottom and sides of the torsion box with a quart of polyurethane, it was time to surface the top flat. When I placed my 4 ft level on the bottom, it appeared to be flat to within < 1/64”. But for some reason, it appeared the top top had a slightly larger crown along it’s length, maybe 1/32” or so. So I lowered the bit to the surface, and started cutting just enough to not miss any spots. At first I was getting what appeared to be a very rough ...
I have lived in my house almost 9 years, the previous owner built the house and the shop. I have always wanted to change the man door on my shop that leads to my house. The old owner put a hollow door and a dead bolt as the only lock system. He also clad the outside of the door in scraps of sheet metal. I recently bought a prehung 6 panel steel entry door to replace the cheaper ugly old one. Being that my friend and I often install stereo equipment in customers cars at my shop I needed a more...
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