It was cold in the garage this weekend. But I was determined to get the assembly of the chair off the ground. Since assembly involved glue up, I tried to keep the temperature up with a small space heater. So I brought a small digital thermometer with me. Temperature outside – 21 degrees; Starting garage temperature – 32 degrees; average temperature with the space heater – 47 degrees. Just high enough for the TiteBond III recommended temperature of 45 degrees. I’ve...
“When you have completed 95% of your journey, you are only halfway there.” -Japanese Proverb I need to remember this proverb whenever I approach the end of a project. I find that there are two finish lines when it comes to my tasks. The first finish line is where I start to feel good about what I have accomplished and the second one is where the project is actually completed. This is certainly the case for my workbench. It was, actually still is, my first project. The day tha...
I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who welcomed me to Lumberjocks. It is nice to be partof such a great family. I look for forward to talking to all of you from time to time.
I went to the show today and wasn’t disappointed. It was a small show this year probably because the show was running simultaneously with the Baltimore show that Karson blogged about yesterday. So I think some of the vendors chose Baltimore. Even still there was enough to look at and vendors to talk with. There were several router accessories vendors the two that were most impressive-1. Prazi ChestMate which is a nice setup because you can adjust the spaces between your joints and it...
Making a frame for a pair of ca.1900 J.B. OWENS scarab tiles #2: curly quartersawn white oak veneer made on table saw
not much of a story on making the veneer. I set my fence at .1875 and cut four thick veneers from a 1 inch thick board using a thin kerf blade, raising the blade a 1/2 inch or so at a time until it was at maximum height. After doing the side cuts, I lowered the blade and cut thru the center of the board, raising the blade a little at a time. When all three cuts are done I ripped the veneer off the 6 inch wide board as shown. A better startingnumber, would have been .156 ,but for what I’...
I have had very little experience on a wood lathe and really never had much of a desire learn to use one but I have always just wanted to have one to play around with. I have been watching Craig’s List and checking some auctions hoping to find a cheap one to mess with in case I did not enjoy it. From previous reviews and blogs here on Lumber Jocks and not wanting to invest much money I decided to take a look at Harbor Freight. I had decided if I bought a new lathe if would be a Midi or...
OK. I caved in and bought an Incra Insert for the router table after they posted it back in stock. It’s the 3/8” phenolic plate that is their ‘old’ design. the opening for the router is 3 3/8” as opposed to the new Aluminum plate which are 3 5/8”. also it’s not as mechanical capable as the aluminum plates, but for $35 it’s within my budget. and still a very good plate. what I really like about the Incras is their MagnaLock plate inserts which sn...
...OWEN’s scarab tile’s are highly collectible, somewhat rare and valuable. ...J.B. OWENS tile of Zanesville Ohio....The Encyclopedia of AMERICAN ART TILES says J.B.OWENS started his company in 1885 and closed it in 1929. ...a link to a little history about Owen’s potteryhttp://www.justartpottery.com/collectors_pottery/owens_pottery_history.htm..
Upcoming projects and designs. #2: A short listing of shop projects I have planned, and their statuses...
#1. Wide Drum Sander. Picked up the all thread from Home Depot, and the pillow block bearings from Northern Tool. The design keeps fluctuating and due to the points where things can go bad fast… I have decided on moving the table to the drum, instead of the other way around. Any mechanism I have been able to come up with for raising and lowering the drum / motor to the table abounds with points of failure. I am not sold on any one design yet,.. If I run across anything that can convince...
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