Hey everyone, It was suggested that I start a discussion on how to find and harvest burls. Please give your input also. I don’t deal with straight grain that often. I cut and sell burls for a living so here is what I know. It is illegal to harvest a burl without permission. of course if it is on your own property you can give yourself permission. What I do is put an ad on Craig’s list saying I want your burls. Most people don’t know what burls are. So you don’t get that many calls....
Just a note to tell everyone that I have edited the main blog I posted on this subject yesterday with additional information which those who are interested might find useful. Things like what equipment and other things you might need, etc. I have also cleaned up the typos and clarified a few things. So those of you who favorited the blog might want the update instead.
Mentioned this in a comment yesterday, and got started on it last night. I’m creating a router table insert for my Craftsman table saw using 1/2” sheets of MDF laminated together. There’s also a 1” strip glued vertically across the bottom on one edge (like an I-beam) for extra support. Here it is,glued up: Alternate title: meticulously sealing my MDF topped bench one drop of glue at a time :D You can see my table saw in the background. The bottom sheet is...
Welcome to my prehistoric bathroom! When I first moved in, over ten years ago, this is what I was faced withI’d wager that even the most experienced remodel Pro never saw an arrangement like that! Ugh-ly!!Incredibly, it actually works like a charm, so the idea was to disguise it. I don’t like to put holes in the wall of a place I don’t own and ended up making a sort of trestle shelf that slides in between the tub and the wall. This strangely shaped contraption is what I came...
This painting, from 1620, entitled ‘The Childhood of Christ’ was executed by Gerrit Van Honthurst, a Dutch painter from Utrecht. He travelled to Italy to imitate Caravaggio. In fact, loads of Dutch artists took the trip, and were known as the Dutch Caravaggisti. For an excellent intro to Caravaggio, Simon Schama’s The Power of Art is fantastic. He’s refreshingly funny, so he makes art history particularly exciting! Here’s the first part. By clicking it, you c...
Where I left last time was promising pictures of the free standing frames. Here we’re actually starting to look like chairs. Not just a pile of sticks. I think the worst part was getting all the spindles in their respective holes and getting everything to stay put while I put the clamps on. I most certainly need more clamps. Long story short we made it through and measurable progress. Yesterday (Sunday) I worked on the arms. I have decided partly due to the lack of time and mo...
I have a craftsman contracter series jointer (model number 113.232211). there is a small part that moves the in feed table with the knob called a linkage assembly the part that connects to the screw was cast poorly and it disintegrated. so now i have a choice of either buying another jointer or trying to find the part. I checked sears official parts site and they no longer make the part or have a replacement that will work the same purpose. If I haven’t found a part for it by the new ye...
Completed tiles waiting for the frame … acid bronze, iron oxide patina finish
I did a trade for some woodwork with a guy who had a garage full of lumber and several nice hand tools. Most of the lumber was Oak. I don’t really like working with Oak. But I thought it would be perfect for a bench, and there was enough of it. I got lots of different lengths and widths. Most of it was 3/4”. I forgot to take a “before” photo of the stack but here is a sample: Now I intend to make a nice, sturdy bench, but its going to be more functional than ...
I came really close to not purchasing the Sawstop, but in the end I ended up today going down to pick up the new PCS by Sawstop. It was pure safety for me and it was a quality tool. I will have to re-arragne my shop. I would of included a picture but this looks a little more complicated than I thought. Maybe I got the new Tablesaw on my mind. \
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