Over the summer, I finally decided to tackle the jungle/mosquito breeding ground behind my back fence that I inherited from the previous owners. About halfway through, one of the nice wood handles (oak I think) on my loppers snapped: So being the good aspiring woodworker that I am, I glue them back together with basic yellow glue. A few weeks later I go back to finish up and the handle snaps again. This time though it snapped in a different place. Same handle, but the previous glue joi...
To all who have asked about the red & black quilted maple on my Pagoda Jewelry box.I think that in this case ignorance is bliss. After I worked out a recipe that I liked I read on other sites that I had done it all wrong! Oh well, I like the results.Here is my formula:½ bottle ( yep, half a bottle) of TransTint black in ¾ cup of distilled water.Saturate a rag and wipe onto the piece until you get a uniform deep black color.Let dry until no longer cool to the touch.Sand with 180 then 220 t...
I consider myself to be a true novice when it comes to woodworking. My current “workroom” (actually the garage, minus my wife’s car) consists of a 10” contractor’s saw, and a 10” compound miter saw. I know that there’s a few more pieces that I need/want before I can start really being productive, and I’ve heard rumors that there’s at least a router in my near future… As the first step in my journey into the world of woodworking, I...
The other day a friend of mine called me and asked if I could help out a lady friend of his whose front door frame had rotted out and caused the entry way floor to collapse. Well he told the lady that I do carpentry and plumbing and all that. I politely told him that I am a woodworker, a carpenter builds homes and the like. I am not very knowledeable in carpentry nor am I a licensed carpenter. Well, I told hom that I would help the lady out as best I could. So it is not all bad, I will be lea...
Today’s project has been to create a variety of scenes for the component parts of my SketchUp design for a printer cupboard for my office. I haven’t done a lot of SU recently so I’m way out of practice and I never really had done much with scenes anyway. I think I see a need for some automation here; some scripts that can take a selection of components and a) produce a scene with them laid out sensibly in a ‘list’b) do all the hiding required to hide everything e...
Hello fellow Lumberjocks, As you know, Hurricane Ike came calling on us down in the Houston area causing a significant amount of destruction. This has been one of the worst storms I can remember and I have lived in the Houston area all my life. We were without power, land phone, Internet and cell phone service for several days. Food and petrol were not available in stores. Since there was no electricity, very few businesses were open or working. We waited in line for four hours for ice ...
I have done a lot, or at least a reasonable quantity of woodturnings over the last 12 years or so and have several nice woodturning lathes as well as a large machinist lathe with variable speed.I recently bought one of the American Delta midi lathes and tried after exhaustive reading and dvd watching I can recommend the current dvd’s and book to go with it if you are interrested in pen making REX AND KIP make these two dvds for pen making and a book to accompany them hope you enjoy an...
Well lumberjocks I just had to share my good fortune / blessing (whatever term you prefer) with ya’ll. While I’m going to school I’m working for the Plant Services dept of the university in the carpentry dept. It’s pretty much the perfect job for me and i use it as my stress relief from school work. the carpentry dept is the most called on dept when things go wrong cause we can fix anything, right? well needless to say we get around campus quite a bit and the other...
Two hundred and 43 days ago MSKI posted a blog on Phenolic Plywood He had found some interesting stuff on the web that had 4 X 8 sheets of Phenolic Plywood for $51.00 a sheet. The stuff at Woodcraft is 65.00 for a 2 X 4’ size. I thought I’d check it out. I used the WhiteCap Industries web site. This past summer my wife was flying to see her mother and she was leaving from the Baltimore Airport. Whitecap Industries has a store about 15 miles from the airport. So I went prepar...
I just finished editing my most recent video—this one featuring Boston-based furniture maker John Fox. I was fortunate to be able to capture this unique, inside look at his wood selection process. (5 Minute Video) Video Link Here: John Reed Fox: How a Master Artisan Selects Wood In this video, I was able to film master furniture maker John Fox collaborate with fine-hardwood dealers, Rick and Brian Hearne, as he searches from among Hearne Hardwood’s 1,000,000 board feet of to...
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