I am presently in the process of packing my shop. This is the 3 time in 5 years I have had to do this. Each time there are more tools than the time before. The place we are presently living is a bit high priced for just my income. The need to reduce our monthly expenses forces us to move. My wife has been trying to find work for about a year since I transferred down here. She has had several good opportunities come here way, but ends up being second in line. It has been very frustrating for h...
What’s happening in the shop for July 20, 2010 . I took a break from my normal schedule to build a Batman bed. I just got the order yesterday and has been put in as a rush order. It is from the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Tennessee. They have a “Make Over” next Monday and need me to build a batman themed bed. It doesn’t take long to build it but it has to go through the finish shop and then to graphics and then have to ship it there in time. I need to have the buil...
Been awhile since I had shop time. The last three weeks have been pretty much on call and vacation with the kids so it feels good to get back to work on some things. As I progress on the lathe, I have been wanting to experiment with more delicate turnings. Much of my work has been more heavy handed so far and I wanted to work with curves, thinner walls, and trickier hollowing. I had a small log I discovered that had been sitting in the basement since the beginning of time so I mounted it a...
I really appreciated the positive feedback on the Gothic Bat Candle Tray yesterday. It was a wonderful boost and some great suggestions were made. I am extremely intrigued by the Inlace Metal Dust that was suggested and I think that I have got to get my hands on some. Getting it here in Canada may be a challenge though as a friend of mine who does beautiful turning told me about it a while back and I couldn’t find any. I guess I have to hit Google and see what I can see. That would ...
At 1AM tonight, way past my bedtime and out in the garage while my wife slept, I emptied my first bottle of Titebond. I remember buying it a month ago and thinking “thats a lot of glue, that’ll last me forever”. I’m pretty sure there is a rule somewhere that says when a new woodworker empties his first bottle of wood glue he goes from “goofing off in the garage” to full blown woodworker addiction. Is there a hotline or something I can call? I migh...
Tonight, I finished tuning up the shoulders of the stretchers, since I noticed that some of them were 1/32” or slightly more out of square on one or more edges… that’s what I get for adjusting the fit of the cheeks with a sanding block. Also, I had to make the stretchers the correct length to match the shelf – the long stretchers were about 1/8” too long. So, I made a couple of paring blocks (also cut for paring dovetails), and cleaned everything up. A test fi...
I hate some of my tools. I love some. It doesn’t really follow any pattern. It is not the most expensive or the cheapest. I picked up some oddballs in my “collector” days and never really used them. Now, I am actually using them and see them in a different light. Here is a short list: I hate my Stanley 45. It is the proverbial jack of all trades and master of none. The adjustments suck. The seating for the cutters is pitiful. It chatters. The screws shake loose unless you...
Getting Things Under Control I see my schedule loosening up and I will get back to blog entries with information that woodworkers crave. Until then you can follow me on Facebook and Twitter. Don’t Be Hatin’! Now, I know that many of you don’t like the social sites like FB and Twitter, but they have become very important for me lately. They have become the means by which I have been able to feed my need to share. The things that I post may change your mind about Face...
Hello All, 198 days ago, I posted my first blog post. It was a bit if a lark, but then a bunch of people left some really nice comments. It spurred me on to write more. Which I did. After a while I bought my own domain. And over the last 30 days, over 4100 different people have stopped in to read my drivel. It all began right here on LJ. I really appreciate all the encouragement everyone has given me. I wanted to share some good news here first. I have just been accepted to be ...
I admit it. I am a wood hoarder. My garage has plenty of untapped talent in it. Tables, chairs, shelves, car ramps… Now just the time to do something with it all.One of my earliest gets was a brace that was rejected at the timberframe shop I worked for.I was able to locate a second one and decided it may hold up a vanity top one day. Those sticks on top were cut out of 8x timbers as a screen channel. Those are 1×2ish at varying lengths. Probably my most prized are these cut ...
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