I know just in the past few days we have been bashing the tv networks for not funding Norm and shoving hours and days worth of activity into 20 minutes. But I want my claim to fame, well at least a chance. Even if it is just online! Please view my entry video, it’s not the most exciting, but to the point, and hopefully not too boring. I will be honest, I feel I am PBS material not DIY network material. Simply, I am the real deal, similar to Norm, and I am not an actor with a pret...
Right now I am trying to turn my work room (the garage) into a well organized, flow conscious workshop. I have been focusing on turning, but my first love is furniture design and making. I finally got some more machinery, and careful planning is a necessity. Up to now I have been using movable tables (that is, 2’x2’ pieces of OSB). I pile them up with all my turning tools and accessories, and nothing has a proper place. Right now everything is strewn about haphazard, and...
I have made lots of progress and actually am using my new bench some, I’ve just needed to get an update here. After putting the top on the base, I marked out so I could start hand planing.I used my scrub plane to get things close, that’s the scrub plane’s results above, and then this #5 to get the top flat and without wind.Here’s a picture of the top in “near” flat and smooth. FYI, I ended up with about 45 gallons of shavings.To trim the ends to final le...
It seems like my shop is getting more and more cluttered. No doubt this is an unique situation never encountered by other LJs. Ha! I cannot bring myself to throw away anything that looks even remotely useful. Now and then I do get an inspiration and manage to put a scrap to some useful purpose. This occurred recently when I decided to deal with a cut off from an end grain cutting board that had been bouncing around the shop for at least a year or more. Why not drill a hole and cut a couple of...
I hate mistakes. However, sometimes I like the challenge of fixing them. The idea I think is to not just cover them up, but if the fix cannot be hidden, make it appear to be part of the original design. Or as many a Lumberjock might say, make it into a design enhancement. So here’s my latest error. While cutting the outer arch the pivot board and pin moved causing an unsightly gash. And here’s a close up. So the idea came to me to make a dado, or rabbet, or groo...
It’s interesting how it feels like you’re standing still when you’re working on already dry-fit parts for additional features. After all – at the end of the day when you look at all the parts – they seem to look just the way they did in the morning. bummer. but even though things don’t seem that way somethings. Progress IS progress, and is one step closer to the finish line. Today I implemented the hardware for the leg vise in the right leg (I’m...
Sorry folks this one got overwritten here by accident. To see the original posting please go to my blog here:http://mywoodadventures.blogspot.com/2010/03/landing-apron-for-your-miter-jig.html
I cut down a recently deceaced maple tree from my neighborhood. I noticed it was dead this spring and offered to cut it down for an old lady. As soon as I started cutting it I realized It was in pretty bad shape. The center was spongy, and the upper part was hollow, but I think there’s some pretty salvagable wood in there. And from the looks of things It has really nice figure. Just wish some of it woulda been solid.Here’s a pic of part of the top where it was hollow
Well a few weeks a go or longer I decided to buy a old three sided planer from a buddy of mine. My plan was to power the unit with a gas motor and use it in at the mill to to make firing strips. I get loads of waney board and heve no way to sell them. So got the planer and cleaned it up and got it ready to run.Now I needed a motor. Went to NFLD in my boat and was in a workshop of a friend of mine and spied this old Briggs and Stratton motor in the corner. He said take it and if you ca...
Saturday was my first time hiking with a GPS data logger. With some tweaking, I was able to geocode my photos with the data from the logger and plot them on Google Earth. I’m still fiddling with the logger data to create a good trail map for where I was; the map posted at the trailhead stinks! At one point in the day, I noticed a small bench sitting in the woods above the trail. I circled around, thinking it could be reached by the upper trail (it can’t), so I doubled back and ...
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