So now we have to take a look at tools. There are LOTS and LOTS of tools to look at. But the three most important are the zoom, orbit and pan tools. It seems that their importance are in that order. Again, I’ve definitely discovered that if you don’t have a mouse you better get one. You can do everything with your keyboard and cursor – but you’ll save yourself a whole bunch of aggravation by getting a good mouse. Moving the scroll wheel back and forth zooms in an...
Today was another productive day, as my friend was able to help again. We put up the rest of the wall sections and also made the front peice, allowing for a 6’ double door opening. Then we secured the walls to the base and to each other, using screws. We then moved onto the matter which is the roof, we started off by creating two turnkeys out of some scrap. We attached them at each end of the shop using clamps and screws. The ridge beam was only 16’ long so we had to join two of t...
Glamdring and The Chainsaw Milling of Pine ....and so twas on one of my visits into the deep woods, that i heard the tales of this sword beater called glamdring,for in the presence of trees and all that speaks of wood,i first was made aware of the weaponsmith’s of gondolin…. —-these were//are they who first learned the lineage of steel,and how to work the metals needed to hold an edge in wood,were as the times of woodworking continue in the landscape here, i sought...
I have not been out of the shop for a couple of days and I had a little mishap on Friday while staining the deck. 99.9% of the time when I am outdoors I am wearing coveralls . . . what I wear underneath is determined by other factors. :-) On Friday I said to myself “self, why not get some sun on your white skin and vitamin D into your system” . . . “I said sure, why not.” For the 2 hours outside in the sunshine I wore a pair of trunks. Well . . . my entire back, one thigh and both forearm...
So seeing how woodworking is largely based on problem solving I tought I would post this to show you a recent problem that I had to solve. When I was routing the edge of one of my bent laminations I accidently nicked the sides leaving a nasty gouge. My heart sank thinking how much time and money I have invested in these laminations so far. Knowing that if I replace one lamination I would have to replace both since that they are matched from the same flitch of veneer and I would seriously ea...
Which Wax?I bought a new kind of wax by Howards based on a recommendation from a friend. It is called Walnut. I compared it to the Briwax (Dark Brown) which I have have used previously. The Briwax is much darker. The Howards smells like citrus and claims to provide u.v. protection. It does seem a little more gritty, but applies smoothly. Here is a shot with one base assembly (right) finished with the wax. The other is not (left) Booooooooooring.After finishing the base and the under...
Someone asked me about my food safe formula for the bowls I’ve been doing. I thought I’d just put it up here in my blog. It is really quite simple. First thing I do is take the wooden bowl and rub in Mineral Oil or my preferred method of Walnut Oil. After allowing that to soak in and dry I use this formula: 12 oz of Mineral Oil2 oz of bee’s wax1/2 oz of Carnuba wax I melt all of that over a medium heat in a metal bowl that is sitting on boiling/hot water. I th...
Was able to swing by Rockler this week to pick up some hinges, a cupboard key latch and a shelf pin hole jig. & Finally had a chance to put in some decent time on the bookcase today. 1. Sanding2. Installed lapped slats in the back3. Drilled the adjustable shelf pin holes4. Mounted the door with the hinges5. Installed the cupboard key latch. (click on pics for larger view) More sanding and move on to finishing. installing glass, etc. Need to get on the stick. My friend...
I am a recent new member, so bear wth me. Their are probably a few of you that are close to my age ( 65 ) that remember a Company called “Gil-Bilt” tools that supplied componants to build your own wood working equipment. They had a kit for a table saw, lathe, band saw and belt sander. This Co. still exists and is now known as “Gilliom Manufacturing” . I have sent for one of their catalogs and am very interested to see what they still have and what their prices will be....
Today was a very productive day, as my workshop has realy taken shape. I had my friend James helping me today, which is a real bonus when lifting sheets of ply into place. We started off by fixing the plywood to the joists, using counter-sunk outdoor screws. Then we trimmed the overhang with a plunge router, with a 1” guide bit. After a quick clean up we test fitted the wall sections, its realy coming together now! Tomorow I will only be able to do a couple of hours work, as I am going ...
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