My Tongue Is Just Long Enough to Hang Me I was looking at a job tonight and a family member of the potential client stopped by. I kind of know the family and the visitor as well. I recognized the lady but could not remember her name. I said “Oh HI! I haven’t seen you for a while. Oh and you’re having another kid?” “Nope.” This is not good when you are trying to sell a job. Share the Love~Share the Embarrassment
Over the past few days, I’ve been shopping around on Craigslist for a new Jointer. I actually ran across a great looking 8” Grizzly jointer but then I realized I really don’t have any room for it in my garage. My wife and I agreed that the garage must have enough room to allow one car to be parked in case of a hail storm (which is fairly common in Texas). Well, today I was rethinking my shop. I’ve got this BIG Delta 46-715 14” lathe. Its a fantastic lathe ...
We had several days of rain… plans were canceled. So, messing around in the saw dust room I found a stick (actually it found me by falling on my head while I was rummaging around) so I made a quick and dirty Fibonacci gauge. I need to use better wood and remake it… this was a “concept” piece. I spent more time rummaging around in a parts bin to find little bolts and nuts (that matched) then I did making it. It is accurate enough… .625 vs .618 I think it is s...
Today the weather was wonderful… sunny, about 65-70… I picked up a truck load of cherry today and loaded that into my shop. I finished up sanding on a refinishing job that I started Tuesday. Earlier in the week a friend dropped off a set of dining room chairs (Colonial, maple) that he wants refinished. I’m about ready to start on matching the original finish, but I will need to order some dyes and glazing. I’m still working on the stained glass for a chandelier ...
I never figured that this number would ever be in my life. This site is the only one that I’ve been active on. I signed up to other sites and then promptly forgot their address and even my login ID. But, Martin has made a site that is friendly so lots of friendly people login and have stayed around. My thanks go out to all of you for your participation and for Martin for having the desire and insite into what makes a great site better. Now on to 50,000.
While this exercise was conducted on a 520 system it should also work with any of the shopsmith systems that make use of the connecting tube system. This experiment is to see how a main table would work as a floating main table. What is a floating main table you ask? In its simplest terms it is a main table with the trunnions and below removed. What advantages might that offer? Well I assume that is why you are reading this so lets get started with the project. I have been thinking ...
There was a post on LJ of something similar to this quite a while back, but when I pm’d the LJ there was no reply. So, I went searching the internet and found this. http://hongtaozhou.com/zoom/984x588/747291.html I sent this person an email to see if the plans or other information are available. This is his description; Abstract:Unlike other mechanical adjustable furniture, this rocking chair provides a wider population with more rocking functions by adjustable design u...
about a year ago, i moved into a dorm room sized studio. i immediately began conjuring up thoughts of a loft bed to give me more space to set up a small computer building area. i haven’t tried a wood project since middle school (i’m a world saver, not a carpenter), but having someone else do it is not in the budget, plus it could end up poorly done. the only thing worse than buying/making a cheap piece of junk is buying/making an expensive piece of junk. after searching for i...
It’s finally assembled. I started today by fitting the curved braces that connect the center bracket to the two end brackets. After quite a few trips to the miter saw to shave off “just a hair,” I finally had snug butt joints and evened-up braces. The problem was that the 3/4” braces were butting up against the 3/4” bracket-backer boards which already had a 1/8” round-over on them. This wouldn’t do. The fix was to run the curved braces throug...
To continue the series of setting up my Craftsman table saw, I’d like to go over adding the aftermarket Delta T2 fence system. I have basically followed the same steps as Jamie did on his setup. For the most part, this is the way to go for this setup. A couple of things before I get started. First, you will have to drill new holes in the mounting brackets for the fence system. There is no way around this. If you take your time and pay attention, you’ll do alright. Second,...
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