I thought today was going to be the first and the only day for milling the Acacia Tree…However that’s not the way it worked out. Getting the right saw…the right bar…the right chain took a lot longer than I expected. However while he was gone I took a load of wood to my house at which point I realized what I was in for. I couldn’t lift them! I had to get my little 14” chain saw from my truck and cut them into movable chunks…this wood is really real...
I’m not sure what I did, but for some reason my tools are pissed at me. In the last week and a half, my Festool Domino jointer got out of allignment and then broke the 5mm cutter. Of course, this happened at a very critical time crunch point. Oh, and I didn’t have an extra cutter on hand, so I had to stop what I was doing in order to go get a new one, 45 minutes away. Of course, Woodcraft only had one cutter in stock, but, I mean, whats the likelihood of ANOTHER bit breaking, ...
Well day one of my grand adventure did not go so well. Just got past Hope, Arkansas (for those not in know—that’s President Bill Clinton’s hometown)——going along nicely making good time. Then WHAMO – I got hit from behind. Mind you I was going just at 70 on cruise control! Guy behind me fell asleep (noon) and I guess he hit the gas and ran right into me – I saw him at the very last second in my mirror but had no time to do any evasive actions. Pushed ...
Hello fellow Lumber Jocks! I’m starting a little blog series on my work-in-progress DIY lathe. In short, I want to build a lathe to turn a few pens, without spending ~$60 some on specifically pen turning materials and ~$200 on a lathe. So, I want to try turning. I’ve always considered myself a handyman-esque person, and I had that urge to build! The tipping point was when I found a few blogs such as AfriGadget, StreetUse and Future Perfect. Their owners travel a lot, and they notice ingenu...
The Router Table Saga #6: A new record, I got to work on the table in two seperate sessions on the same day!
Wow, I actually managed to get back into the shop after the wedding! It was a nice wedding of friends of Jenns, I’d not met them yet so it was kind of interesting from that perspective. The kids are cooperating this afternoon so I got some more time in. I’ve discovered a good thing about over designing my jig. I made it extra wide and now that I’ve used it a fair bit I’ve nicked it in two places with the router. I just unscrewed the top parts ran them through th...
Just got back from a full day of garage saling. A small town near me has a 1 day event full city garage sale that was today. Over 200 different garage sales! Working 2nd shift made it difficult to get there early, but I managed to get there about 9AM and scored a few good items. 1st up. Miller Falls 214 Saw Set. I’ve been wanting a saw set for some time now to tweak the couple cheaper handsaws that I have but I’ve been too cheap to pay ebay prices. Got if for 2 bucks. ...
Well this may be the slowest progressing router table in history. Managed to work a bit on it this morning. I am just fitting the last half-lap joints for the lower bracing then its on to mounting the bottom platform and the table top. I may get some time to continue this afternoon after a wedding we have to attend.
I have been carving Wedding Crosses, or Marriage Crosses for probably about 35 years now. Of course they must be custom made, and I need about 2 weeks to do one. They are usually made from white pine wood, and are 15” long x 10” across x 3/4” thick stock. It is self explanitory actually with the interlocking rings of marriage and the man’s first name on the left cross bar, and the girl’s first name on the right cross bar. Then under the rings down the vertical c...
I’ve been using Twitter for a few weeks now, and enjoy it. A few other LumberJocks are also using Twitter, and when I saw that the Prime Minister of LumberJocks is on Twitter, I thought it worth a brief post. Twitter is a “micro-blog” – you send a short message of 140 characters or fewer. Whoever is “following” you – either through your Twitter feed or through their own Twitter account – will get your little messages. Twitter is good for thos...
Well today is Saturday and I am on a 24 Hrs Duty today. For all you that dont know in the Army we have to pull duty for 24 hours every so often, its not to bad but there is so much i would rather be doing besides sitting here at a desk all day. So like I was saying today is Saturday and I have nothing to do but sit here and surf the internet. I have been watching “The Rough Cut Show” podcast with Tommy MacDonald, I really like it. Right now I am trying to get cought up with w...
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