Today I had Christmas with my sons. Good to have them all together at one time. I made thier girlfriends pens and ornaments. They liked them very much. Today I started another wooden lock. Not quite sure what kind of wood it is. A friend gave me an old shipping skid, So I cleaned it up and checked for nails. Then planed down a few pieces for the lock front and back, I think it is hickory but not sure. I know it is very hard.
It’s been a good Christmas weekend at the Bertelson’s in Anchorage AK. We had a an enjoyable Christmas day, with family present for the annual Christmas Day Dinner, got some great gifts, and I finally saw my namesake for the first time in pictures, named James EagleBear Shirk. Third child, for Anthea and Marcus Shirk, Fairbanks, AK, so they weren’t johnny on the spot with pictures, gets to be ho ho hum after awhile (-: . Fairbanks is an uncomfortable distance away, not ...
Woo Hoo, this is my 1,000 post. Another checkpoint in life. I installed a complete complement of parts to make my vacuum pump more usable. I pretty much added a kit from JoeWoodWorker and followed his lead. My pump now is on a carrier with a handle and an On/Off switch. This alone would usually be enough for me to celebrate. But there’s more… I also added a vacuum controller that allows me to dial in the amount of pressure that I want. It is the little black box with the black tu...
Santa brought me a new Harbor Freight Dust collector! Now I gotta hook it all up. My question is, a lot of my power tools are set up to receive a 2 1/4 inch hose ( that is the way they came ). It was great for my shop vac but I’m reading that I need to put in 4 inch piping. Thats a big pipe!! Can I go with 3 inch piping and “step” it down to 2 1/4”?? Will I lose all the “vacuum collection” if I do that? Seems like over kill to have a 4 inch pipe going...
I purchased the High Torque Carver/Engraver item # 147235 from Woodcraft.com a couple of weeks ago. I received it on time, packaged well, and in good condition. I will say that once I opened the box and actually held the tool in my hand I was a little disappointed. I was lucky enough to buy it on sale for $44. Even at that price, it felt rather cheaply made in my hand. I had read the description very carefully before buying, because for one I already own a dremel. Which I have been having ...
Not much done today, had time to install the casters. had to go the lowes for some lag bolts (5/16) as the casters did not come with it. I found the casters on eBay for a fantastic price. it’s sold by SES Casters which are here in Massachusetts. total price was ~26 including shipping. they may not be red and shiny – but they are soft, heavy duty, and work fantastic! I highly recommend this seller by any means. I installed 2 swivel casters on the front of the table, and 2 non...
Now that the initial Christmas season is winding down, I finally have a little room to breathe and I can think about setting some concrete goals for the next year. Oddly enough, I never fell into the whole New Year’s resolution ritual but I think now that I am reaching an age of maturity, I am starting to understand the importance of setting some goals for the next leg of the journey we call life. Sounds “philosophical” doesn’t it :) This last year I have worked on ...
In the last few days I have removed the glue from the drums that held the velcro on, cleaned them up and taken the machine completley apart. One drum cleaned…. Both drums cleaned and removed….The hold down rollers and top brackets removed…The empty frame…Well for some reason I couldnt sleep, so I came out to the work shop early this morning. I started cleaning, polishing and painting small parts, and due to the fine sanding dust, I waxed each moving part so that it a...
Wow that was fast. I must be getting older… Zip… it passes. I’ve been here coming up on one year now. Posting sometimes with comments and projects. Lurking the rest of the time watching the sawdust personalities interacting and gleaning what I can from the many words of wisdom. I’ve made my first woodworking items in the past year as I started working with wood pretty much a year ago when I discovered LJ’s after I finished off an area for my shop.I discovered ...
Ok so the title says it all. This is my first plane ever restored so I will appreciated any kind of criticism that can help me improve on this endeavor Disclaimer This blog contains 32 images, I do this to provide as much as detail as possible. I got a very old ( at least that’s what I can tell from the condition I bought it, can anyone help me to find out how old this plane is by looking at the pictures?) Stanley No 3 on ebay for the incredible price of $7.04 !!! last week....
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