This is a long convoluted story from the project side, but pretty straight forward as a blog. I made a panel sled…....a 3×3 foot monster. One sided, blade to the left, fence at the front. The sled is not finished off, meaning, I am going to put a little oak on the front, the rabbeted pieces are already cut and sized, and give it the ubiquitous coat of WATCO. In my shop, WATCO is the rule for jigs and fixtures. Here is the underside. It only has one working slide. Th...
Woodworking as Farming I began woodworking somewhere in the mid 1980’s. My first stationary power tools were a Craftsman bandsaw and a ShopSmith clone made by TotalShop. Electric sanders, drill, router, and lunchbox planer followed in rapid succession. These tools, along with their various accoutrements and attendant necessities, gave me a new power: I could now shape wood to my will. I could unload a pickup-load of oak, poplar, pine, plywood, or what-have-you, and in what seemed like...
Hello all. The time has finally come around for my ‘Mini-Exhibition’ at the local museum. As most of my work is relatively small the size of the display case I was to be exhibiting in, 40” x 26” x 9”, was not at all constricting. Then last Friday comes a frantic phone call from Jenny, the administrator. It appears the other exhibition that is running concurrently, about canal restoration, turned up with some unexpected and very rusty ironwork. Not the sort of ...
I want to purchase a wood-burner for my husband for his birthday, but I don’t know what to get him. Right now he has two very, very cheap ones with no heat settings. (They were probably both under $10 a piece many years ago!) I don’t want to spend a fortune but I’d like it to be good enough so he could do all the fine lines, etc. that he would like to do on his carvings. He also has been reproducing photographs on box lids for the grandkids. He does a very good job wi...
I finally got around to finishing an outfeed table for my Ridgid R4511 table saw. This is the first time I’ve had a dedicated outfeed table (or a table saw with a fence extension either) so it was really nice to use it for cutting sheets of plywood. I basically stole the idea from this guy: http://www.ridgidforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=29941 And he basically stole it from here: http://sawsndust.com/p-outfeed.htm But this is what mine turned out like:. . ...
Not a woodworking blog per se, but then again I believe in a holistic universe where everything involves working with wood :) I haven’t been in the shop for awhile, I have my boys this week for a portion of their summer vacation. I bought a raft last year so that we can “enjoy” the natural resources that surround us and we went out for our second outing yesterday. Lesson learned – Look up the phone number that tells you the readings from the river gauge BEFORE you g...
I am going to buy a lathe and have narrowed it down to 3 or 4 MIDI lathes. DELTA 46-46-, JET 1220 and GENERAL INTERNATIONAL 25-200M1. There are plenty reviews on line for the DELTA and JET but very few for the GI.Anybody have any recomendations or experience with any of these?
Just a short notice… number of our active forums has just increased to nine. I’ve added a new one: Wood & LumberDifferent wood requires different woodworking strategies – from cutting to finishing. Share your tips and challenges here in the Wood & Lumber Forum. Thanks to Wiley for coming up with this idea.I really have no clue why I didn’t add this forum long time ago ;) Enjoy!
On the 3rd David Craig and Rick Kruse came to my house to help clean my workshop/ 2 1/2 car garage. We surely bit off more than we could handle in a days time. We pulled out, let me change that, David, mostly, with a little help from Rick and I, pulled most of the stuff out sorted all my wood, restacked it, moved my machines around where I could pull them out and use them, sorted my wood so I know what I have, swept, lifted, tugged, pulled, helped rip a 7’ long X 3 1/2” thick X 3 ...
Ah! One of my favorite days of the week! Fresh start. Fresh list of things to do. I hope everyone had a great weekend. I wish there were a place for personal pictures here because I would love to see pictures of where many of my buddies live. I love this site because of the diversity of the people here. I would love to see the places that others call ‘home’ and what their surroundings are like. I had to laugh yesterday because my friend who got his email stolen wrote me ...
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