I’m currently using a shop vac for my dust collection. It works well enough, but I find that the tub and filter fill and clog up pretty easily. For Christmas, my fiance got me the Oneida Dust Deputy, which I wanted for a while. For those that don’t know what the Dust Deputy is, it’s simply a cyclonic separator that you hook your shop vac to, then hook the hose to it’s input. The Deputy pulls all the dust, shavings, etc down into a 5gal bucket and keeps your vac pra...
Happy New Year to All!!............during the holidays things came to a near standstill in my shop. I did manage to finish making my bench dogs…..24 of various thicknesses to be ready for any possible situation that may arise…...still need to drill holes for them animals…..my thanks to Timbo for sharing his thoughts and expertise on the whys and wherefores of dog hole placement…......finished up a little project for my wife’s sewing endeavors…...which now n...
Was replying to a post by dbHost about insulation, and decided to continue on in my blog. Right now my personal insulation consists of my shorts and a T-shirt, both only for modesty. Sitting on the lanai (balcony or porch) looking at the ocean about 10-15 yards away, light trade winds, drinking coffee, and relaxing 7:15 AM here, partly cloudy, supposed to clear today according to the local Weather Underground. We are in the lee of mountains on the north west smaller part of Maui, and this are...
Well, between being new to woodworking and being self-taught, I wouldn’t know a good or bad lumber price if my life depended on it. So far, I’ve only worked with the basics like pine, MDF, poplar and oak. There is a guy in my area selling the following planks at the prices listed. Are prices good, average or bad? Maple – $60.00 – 2-1/8” x 8-1/2” x 76” Honduras Mahogany – $60.00 – 2” x 9-3/4” x 75” Walnut – ...
Not quite in the workshop... #2: But rather above the workshop... Insulating a day late and a dollar short.
This current cold snap has done something I haven’t been able to do in the last couple of years, convince LOML that I need to add more insulation to the house, AND insulate / seal the garage… I guess morning commutes in the Houston metro area at 26 deg F got her attention… So last night, the first 3 rolls of R 30 got packed into the rafters above the shop. I have 6 to go in order to fully pack the garage / workshop ceiling with insulation. Unfortunately my local Home D...
Today is payday and I have put off new tool purchases over the holidays so that there was room in the budget for a decent Christmas for the kids and so dad is going to pick up a router, one he probably should have picked up in the first place :) Two years ago, a friend takes me to Harbor Freight and I see a 1 3/4 HP plunge router ON SALE (took me a bit to realize that these things are ALWAYS on sale) for about 40 dollars. Impulse buy later and I am playing around with the router down the ...
Do you remember this picture from Rescued Wood #4 ?..Well, I’ve slabbed it and stacked it for drying.. I cut the boards 30mm thick so that I can have wide boards a good 1” available after final milling. This post is about my stacking method, but I can’t resist showing off some of the beauty exposed by the milling.. First Cut. Tornado Flame grain.To give you a good size reference.After slabbing the whole lot, I put them back together in sequence (including one of t...
Has anyone seen Jay Lenos new scanner? It scans a complex part then duplicates it using a plastic spray scanner full size. The gears even work. Think of a wood spray option, IPE?I’m a gear head too & think his site is great, Check it out! http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/extras/extras/nextengines-3d-scanner/
After posting my review of the Grizzly T10010 wet grinder, having a set of nice, hair-shaving sharp chisels (and a freshly shaved hand…), I decided to put them to use. I grabbed some scraps out of my wood bin and started marking out some dovetails. I’ve laid them out several times, and gotten them to the point where the majority of the material was removed from the joint, but I never had a sharp enough chisel to pare them down – I was basically butchering the wood… ...
I’m building a tower for my son for Christmas. [slightly behind in posting] My son is forever wanting to be “up” and see what is going on in the kitchen. Whether we are cooking, cleaning or preparing something – he wants to be involved. He doesn’t currently have anything to stand on so that he can see – so I’m building him a tower. He’ll be able to climb up into it and see the counter and be involved in what is going on. I started wi...
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