I went to a wedding reception for my wife’s friend at her work tonight. Sitting around a fire talking to this guy and lo and behold he is a lumberjack of sorts. He cuts down trees for a living and said that he would keep his eyes open for some interesting pieces of wood for me. He said that when he finds them he will call me and arrange to pick them up. he said the sizes would be minimum 4 inches wide and around 4ft long. Man I am so geeked about this. I still plan to use my usual resou...
Yesterday I started to get messages that my sight was considered a threat to all of humanity. There were scary red letters and I feared the worst. Apparently somebody, likely a middle aged, socially awkward, virgin, had found my blog and after eating some hot pockets, his chain smoking, raging alcoholic mother had brought down to him in the basement (‘Apartment’),and had decided to hack into my blog. In doing so he has stuck fear into the hearts of my readers. I apolog...
So I started working on the first box tonight. I am working with 1/2” walnut that I ordered from WoodCraft. I had decided to take 1” off the front of the prototype and add 1” in width instead. Now the inside compartment can comfortably hold an iPhone or Droid. First I ripped the board to 2” wide then proceeded to cut it to 4 pieces each 6” long. Next I routed out a 1/2” dado for the dividing wall slot. After routing a dado for the box botto...
I don’t believe that this subject has been brought up or not before but as I go throught the many processes of making boxes, there are times when I hate to disrupt or change the settings on my table saw ( blade angle to be exact ) and wish that I had a 2nd saw. I know that many of you have both a table saw and miter saw but do any of you have a “2nd saw” like a smaller trim saw / table top saw for cutting smaller, more detailed pieces and maybe different angles? It sure does...
So I drove over to my local lumber supplier yesterday to take a look at some wormy soft maple they have on-special this month, as well as to see if they had any unadvertised specials or cutoffs, etc. I didn’t end up picking up any of the wormy soft maple, but may do so sometime in the next couple of weeks. I did pick up some 1/2” walnut pieces they had marked 50% off, as well as 29LF of riftsawn/quartersawn white oak trim “mill over-runs” at $0.29/Lf that I will ...
Our fellow LJ Diane is auctioning rid off some lovely carving books on another web site, one that I admit I don’t understand, and had a link to it here. I made a serious mistake and thought we had agreed on my getting the books. The misunderstanding was entirely mine. I can only blame the fact that my insomnia ha been quite bad lately and I hadn’t slept in almost three days. Diane, I in no way intended to upset you, and would rather close my shop than be a disturbance to any...
My wife owns and manages (with my humble assistance) a very nice knit shop. We try to keep the front entrance well maintained and inviting.I turned a couple of old fashioned spiral columns to go with our 200 + year old building and we displayed a couple of street corner signs similar to the ones shown, but the street name parts were laminated printouts, not wood.Well, they held up alright for a few years, but eventually they deteriorated.These days I have a CarveWright machine and the street ...
Buenos Dias from the Land of Enchantment….......... Today marks the completion of my first year as a member of the LumberJocks community!!! .......and what a year it has been. Personally, I have struggled thru a second cancer related surgery, the followup tests, scans, and all the poking and prodding the medics deem necessary…......then the LOML was laid off and out of work for roughly 3 months….......so budget cuts were necessary and rice and beans became an everyday...
I have sold my cedar table. I used an indoor/outdoor spar urethane on it. I believe three coats. I have always kept it indoors, they use it outdoors and after this spring and summer I see greying around edges and in spots. What is the best finish I can use to keep the cedar the nice red it was? And how deep will the greying get if not corrected now?
I made tremendous progress yesterday in getting things organized. I was quite determined to get some things done, because I needed to get my head above water on several small tasks that have been hanging in the background. I like being organized and in order to be creative, I need to feel that things are in order. When I look at the calendar and see how time seems to be passing so quickly, it is sometimes difficult to understand how each day is consumed. My days are all so full and it real...
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