I thought I’d share a few unique features of my “new” workshop while on the long road to getting it really workable. I’m sure that some of you have one or more of these features, but I thought I’d share my Man-Cave with you anyway in a short blog series. Firstly, This was a Fish-Farm barn with open topped ponds, so a leaking roof was no problem to the previous occupants. As we all know, this doesn’t work too well for a woodworking area. I’ve h...
Years ago I got a splinter at the base of the terminal tarsal of my right index finger. I pulled it out of course. No problem eh? No so fast, buster. A few months ago a small lump in that place started to grow; I had sort of got the idea that I had a small bone spur there but suddenly it was getting bigger. It got to the point where I couldn’t bend the finger properly and trying to grasp things like jars to open them was uncomfortable enough to cause avoidance tactics. Finally I went...
just a small sample of what i have to share my shop with, brown recluse spiders! while doing some cleaning tonight i managed to capture a whole family. these guys are very sneaky. they hide exactly where you would least expect it so i have to double check everything before i pick something up off the floor or from the wood stack. the big dude was hiding in some tires i planned to throw out. hes very dark colored so im guessing he will molt pretty soon, hes the biggest i have seen. anyways,...
A Challenging Situation Cutting small pieces of trim or moulding accurately on the compound miter saw can be challenging and a bit dangerous. The compound miter saw (known as the chopsaw in the trades and hereafter) has a large opening in the table for the blade and, most often, the plastic insert in the table drops down slightly from the level of the surrounding table. This is characteristic on my Hitachi, DeWalt, and Makita chopsaws. (I am a contractor so I sport 3 chopsaws.) Thi...
My Fiance’ and I were taking a walk thru the neighborhood and I stopped dead in front of this one house that had this tree in the front.. and thought to myself.. Boy..I wonder what kind of figure this tree has inside of it?? I don’t know what species it is though, and from the looks of it..it’s nowhere anywhere ready to die…lol
A mate was cutting down a Leopard tree [Caesalpinia ferrea] and asked if I wanted the wood… I had to think about this for a while because I am running out of room lol..Leopard trees have mottled shiny bark that someone thought looked like a leopard’s skin. This a graceful tree that lines many suburban streets and parks. They are perfect as a screen against the hot western sun, the light filtering though the leaves, highlighting their delicate shading.......And for those who wo...
Does anyone out there have any suggestions on how I can change my life? I am so fed up with working for other people who think that by cutting corners they are saving money. I have been doing home renovations to make ends meet, and living basically pay check to pay check. But all I really want to do is build furniture and learn new methods I don’t know. But getting into a shop around here is nearly impossible. So I have been building furniture on my little 6’ by 7’ deck and ...
In need of a new TV stand for a flat panel. Currently I have a BIG MDF cabinet form Target. I have created a 3D drawing (as I usually do before any wood buying/cutting) that I have attached. Wood is going to be Cherry 5/4 for top and bottom with 4/4 frames for the paneled sides, doors and drawers. Will include a cooling fan in the component cabinet as well as a power strip and arched cut shelf backs for cable running. Cherry veneered plywood for panel inserts. Glass inserts for the two ...
New bandsaw blades finally arrived, so it’s time to transform one thick inlay into several thin inlays. One small void deep in the middle of the lamination caused one of the arcs to open up. Theoretically, I could superglue this and put it back in the form. We’ll hold onto this as a spare in case I goof one of the others. The design also calls for two straight inlays, so I cut the vinyl for those before changing the saw setup. Stupid me, I received a sharp reminder of...
Thursday, October 1, 2009Day 2 Continued Hardwood Comes from deciduous trees that drop their leaves every year.broad Leaves, enclosed nuts, higher density, Mostly deciduousCost: ExpensiveExamples of Trees: Aspen, Poplar, Birch, Elm, Maple.Applications: used for furniture but less frequently than softwoodDensity: Higher density, which means the wood is harderFound Where: Hardwood is found all around the world in the north and the Tropics Softwood Comes from Trees that are conifer and hav...
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