The weather has turned in my area of the US and my landlord has not prepped the property for the deluge we usually get. I spent an hour this afternoon figuring out an alternative water flow for runoff that was coming into our garage and threatening to flood us out. But that wasn’t the first of it. When I initially went into the garage it turned out that the power is busted too. I ended up running an extension from my apartment in order to power the garage door and all my tools. This ...
Jay came for a visit today to see my shop and talk wood. The Alvarado LJs have now had 100% attendance at both their meetings. It was fun to talk shop, tools and wood for a while. (Even got a few thoughts about the Boyz!) It made for a great afternoon.
First two flitches have been run through the Delta thickness planer:
Ordered (5) 18′ long 2×12s. Cut them to half length, yielding (10) 9′ long 2×12s. Ripped each into three equal pieces, yielding (30) 9′ 2×4s. Planed the faces of each, reducing thickness to 1 3/8″. Picked 24 good ones, divided into 4 groups of 6. Started gluing up the four flitches (each will be 8 1/4″ wide x 3 1/2″ thick). Each will be allowed to cure for 24 hours, then will be run through the planer. Then the four bench segments will be glued together. for about $100...
I recently bought a Stanley #45 combination plane, and several blades….however it’s only the chasis and blades…does anyone have the slide rail, and perhaps any parts for a #45 they would be interested in selling/trading? Let me know what you have, and how much you want for them. eBay seems to have quite a few but I haven’t won any parts yet.
Hey Guys, Just talke to Jockmike2 and we are still on. We just need to get a final head count so we can plan the food. Mikee and his wife are bringing Sloppy Joe and wedding potatoes. My wife and I are bringing some burgers and dogs, and also coffee. Anyone need unleaded? We would like it if someone could bring some chips and plates and silverware. I also just found out that we cannot bring alcohol into the park. Mike will be bringing a few things that he has done as well as some tools tha...
People seemed to like the hinges I made for the last box,so I thought I’d take a few minutes and share how I made them. Like most stories, we begin at the beginning…with the wood!!It’s a leftover scrap of Oak from when I made the two flag cases. It has a groove cut in it, and I’m not going to use that section, but for now I’m going to leave it intact, for two reasons: #1) That side is nice and flat and #2) When I drill in through the side of this piece, I’l...
Dust Collection #1: A journey into the dust and chips – installing a dust collection system the hard way.
I appologize in advance for being long winded here, just kind of the way I write. I recently installed a dust collection system in my basement shop and discovered through trial and error, this was not going to be as easy, or as cheap, as I thought. It is installed it seems to work; but if I had the time, money and patience, I would probably tear it out and start over. I have too many fun projects to take care of first. History – About 6 months after moving into our new home and ...
In the great tradition of Lumberjocks I am honor bound to once again confess the error of my ways. That sound you hear, no not that one, the other one, is the sound of me learning. Just like the Garden Gate I managed to mess up with the router. It all started when I glued the inner frame without cutting the mortises on the outside rails. While this is not optimal it is still not tragic. While I am a big fan of the Mortise Pal jig and you can see its versatility in this shot, it...
Has anyone ever seen, or heard of a scroll saw by Delta model 40-440? it’s an older model saw from around 20 plus years ago I have an opportunity to buy one for around 300 and want to know if it’s worth it.. I am taking a marquetry class and I will be needing a scroll saw to do this type of work.. the instructor says that his favorite scroll saw is the older spring top models which I think this is.. if anyone needs a picture..I have a few that I can send to you to see.. T...
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