We had heavy Thunder storms with tornado warnings move thru last night. Woke up to find had half an ash tree lying across the drive. So seein the top was gone I might as well cut down the tree and turn it into boards. I was planing on cutting down about 1/2 dozen 16-20” dia cherry’s to start the drying process. so I’ll add this ash to the mill run. Trunk is 24”dia and got 2 good lengths, 1-8’ & 1-7’, rest will go into the firewood pile. first 2 pic̵...
As you can see my first maple segment is cut. The dimensioning of the material has been taken care of and the compound mitresaw has the necessary angle. I use a Wixey digital gauge to ensure the accuracy of the sawblades’s angle. The stop-block on the right is clamped into place to maintain a consistent width for the segment. (Note:I always use scrap to test the accuracy of the segment’s angles. I do this by cutting 1/2 the amount of bowl segments and taping the outside perimete...
Ok so I am posting this with no picture right now but I just had to tell everyone. I was in NC yesterday planing some wormy chestnut board that I am using for my next project and found something really cool. The wood came out of my great grandmothers old house and we know that it was at least 120 years old. Before planing I looked the wood over to make sure there were no nails left but after a few passes I noticed that one of the boards had a shiny spot on it. I though it was a nail but a...
I used the clamping glue up board- For the wave cutting board I could only use it in one direction because two sides of the board have the wave.The convex rows are beyond the concave rows so if I clamped it in that direction the wave rows wouldn’t line up. For now I give this jig a 3.5 star rating out of 5 stars.I have a few issues to fix-Smitty mentioned about not being able to micro adjust the clamp- that is true.so I made a few different thicknesses of shims to place ag...
I’ve accepted the mission and the secretary has already dissavowed all knowledge of me (for all you MI fans).Armed with my plans and two sticks of wood (one Sycamore, 50mm square. One Purpleheart, slightly bigger) I enter the arena of ‘The Impossible’. I feel someone is watching me. Is it the ghost of the great M.C.Escher or has the medication worn off already? No its you lot. Quiet at the back. ThreeSpeed, the mad professor is about to start. Here is where we begin P...
After viewing a You Tube video where the woodworker made a guitar from popsicle sticks I had a good (hopefully) idea. I decided to sponsor a contest that incorporates the sticks and the scrollsaw. The rules for the contest can be seen on my website www.scrollsawvideo.com. After seeing my contest idea, my longtime friend, Sheila Landry has decided to team up with the event. Sheila is an expert designer and scroller and posts here often. We are not trying to sell you anything, we just want ...
Okay, The Royal Sovereign 13.5K BTU Unit rolled in on UPS yesterday, and was installed at the hottest point of the day. Installation method is / was. (This WILL change soon as I have trim, and hardi board coming to update things). Bottom 14” sheet rock removed from post between garage doors. This stuff is saturated from 26 years of humidity, combined with no water seal on the sides of the doors until 6 months ago, removal was just pushing slightly in until the bulk of it crumbled awa...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #9: Big Things Coming From Small Places (My Shop)
Last night when I was just about ‘done’ with stuff at somewhere around 10pm, I was picking around this site. I noticed that many of you had maps on your home pages which showed exactly where you lived. I liked that feature very much, as it helped me learn more about each woodworker and the proximity of his or her location. Nova Scotia always sounded so exotic to me when I lived near Chicago. I pictured icebergs floating with little penguins and polar bears lounging on them an...
In my last Drill Press Blog I had found that the taper runout was plus or minus zero, but drills in the chuck wobbled plus or minus 4 thoundths. If I drilled small holes in a piece of wood and held the piece with my fingers the piece vibrated and the hole was less than true. When I make small things, this is an issue. I went out to “Production Tool Supply” and got a “Chuck Lesson” They told me that the old key Jacobs chucks are not as precision as they might be, th...
OK, so Mary Anne posted some blog entries on making whistles. I decided to make one using only hand tools. Here's a link back to Mary Anne's post. So, we start with some rough lumber. In this case a piece of wacky cherry. The board has lots of pitch inclusions, crazy grain and cupped something awful. But it will be fine for a whistle. By the way, no rulers were harmed (or used) in the making of this project. All measuring done by the Mark-I eyeball. 1) Cross cut a blank. Eye...
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