WHEW! For those following the series you know there was some concern the box was lost. Well I received a PM from Bigguy (Ron) that the box was at his house on Friday. Figures it would show up just as I voice my concern – well, whatever it takes! Ron said he’ll get it moving along to rb765 shortly. They’re not too far from each other so it shouldn’t take too long to make the jump. That’s the last stop before coming back to me in Atlanta so… we̵...
To start off my 2nd free day I asked my wife if I could borrow her iron, oh the joy in her face when she thought I was actually gonna help out with the laundry… Oh her dismay when she realized instead of helping out I was only going to cause her more work to cleanup after I used it for iron-on edging! At least I didn’t ask her to help with the sanding. Biggest issue was the heat because I had to do it out in the sun and was dripping with sweat (which inevitably ende...
My kids are getting bigger and they need more floor space in their rooms. We’ve decided loft beds might be the way to go. Get the beds up in the air, create some desk space under the bed, and free up some of the rest of the floor space. I’m in the early design / concept phase right now. Some of my criteria include: - fits a standard single bed mattress- strong enough to hold a full size man, say 200+ lbs- robust joinery, kids / teenagers can be tough on furniture- knock d...
Does anyone know what is the MAX width of certain hardwoods? The most accomodating to resist warp and cup? An old guy once told me that he was able to mill Elm 14” wide boards because Elm is very stable and resists warp/cup. Should you stick around the 4-6” range for Cherry? Or can you go wider?Different woods have certain characteristics and someone out there knows.. Any advice? thanks
So I got started on my vice at the weekend… Saturday Morning:Mistake number #1: I could not devote the whole weekend to this project, I was running in an 80km relay race to a beautiful place called Akaroa on Saturday morning then cycling back on Sunday morning so I had 1 hour on Saturday morning before I was picked up for the relay then Sunday afternoon to finish the project. What this should have meant is save it for another day but I was getting impatient (The hardware had been del...
I spent some time today setting the ebony plugs I made in my last entry. It was pretty easy really even though I was pretty apprehensive about drilling holes in an assembled piece. Start by drilling some holes. These plugs are 1/4” so the drill bit is a little smaller at 3/16”. I drilled a little over the depth of the plugs at 1/4” I bought a very cheap 1/4” hollow mortice chisel. I flipped the bit upside down and used it to center the chisel over the...
They just about have the siding done. They still need to install the soffit over the old roof. I’ll need to paint the steel doors & that little bit of trim around the doors. And I’d like to see that concrete landing poured soon. It’s getting to be a pain to go in & out of the shop over that form. The front was only sided down to the top of the window to leave room for the brick & fake shutters.I’ve removed the old siding from the shared wall & remove...
Sorry to be so long in adding to the blog on this project. Down South has been hit by tropical storm after tropical storm. Now up here in Northeastern Mississippi, we have had only rain but the coast, New Orleans, and Houston have been pounded. Our prayers are with you all!!! When I left you last, I was preparing (down South we say, “fixin”) to work on the breadboards on the big table. Well, I have attached them, and attached the breadboards to the smaller tables also. I have m...
This weekend marked the opening of my woodworking club’s season. Our first guest speaker was Graham Blackburn speaking on the topics of design and hand tools in the modern shop. I’ve started a series of posts on the lecture as well as a subsequent workshop. Take a look at the first entry. Thanks for reading!
This weekend I got the cabinet assembly completed (basically). Still have the drawer construction and that install, dust collection, electrical, Router Raizer mods, the top, and its fence(s) to build out.
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