Little bit at a time. At least that is what I keep telling myself. Slowly but surely I’ll get this shop into a place where I can, “Just go out and make something.” I few pics I forgot to take would be my little dust collector areas I put in for my Lathe and Table saw. Just something to make hooking up my mobile unit a little quicker. I’ll get some pics for next time. Here is a quick simple corner tray so I had some place to throw my bits. (better organization...
I had been operating with an old second hand HF benchtop drill press with a slipping belt for a while now. I patiently waited for lowes to drop their delta drill presses to a reasonable price here in my area, but it just wasnt happening. So imagine my surprise and joy when I saw this guy on craigslist! A craftsman 17” 1.5hp floor stand drill press. unlike my last one the tapper isn’t a mile out of whack. when you turn it on the tip of the bit just spins, no fancy hu...
Charles Neil lowboy build-along, episode #8 Ok gang, we have our legs and they’re mortised and tenoned. The next step is to cut out the front, back and side panels. Before I go further, let’s review some basics, going back to the beginning. #1. Select wood with the figure you want, check its quality and moisture content. Thanks Charles. #2. Let wood acclimate to its new environment, for as long as possible. (It’s been 6 weeks). #3. Double check the dimensions before rough cutting an...
I have done my share of veneer work, using both commercial veneers and veneer I cut myself on the bandsaw. I also do a lot of turning, mostly from green wood. Until now these two pleasures have remained disparate, but this past month, those pleasures collided. It all started after I scored some logs of Claro Walnut. There was one particular piece of crotch that I could not figure out what to do with, so I left it in the shape of a block. About a day later, while looking at the photo b...
The first Art Box I completed and later posted was “Rachels Box”. I wasnt sure how it would be received, but it was a big hit right off the line. It just recently topped over 10,000 views and is the most viewed box on LJ. Wow! http://lumberjocks.com/projects/tag/box/by/views Its popularity and the ones that followed were what motivated me to post the tutorial which was a help to many.http://lumberjocks.com/Argyllshire/blog/9415 I still get mail asking about this style of box...
Ok so I have heard a lot of people talk about making end grain cutting boards, and most of them have horror stories relating to disastrous results from running them through a planer. I myself have made no less than 14-15 end grain cutting boards and I ran every single one through my Delta portable thickness planer with very little issue. Of course the last edge that comes out will be “flaking” off but that could be solved by adding an extra piece of sacrificial stock during the ...
The nightmare known as Chinese Drywall has become a product liability for the construction industries. It is not only very costly for the construction industry but more importantly, it is widely reported that it is also a danger to human health. People exposed to this toxic drywall are suffering serious problems such as nose bleeding, rashes, continuous scratching, sneezing, coughing and difficulty breathing. Chinese Drywall Advisors understands the Chinese drywall problem and are committ...
Ever struggle to come up with a new and interesting design?Have a perfect board your scared to use because you dont want to making into just another soap dish?This is where you need to use every resource possible.Ideas can come from many places. Look around you. Everyday and every moment we are surrounded by a geometric shape of some sort. In actuality our furniture and woodworking projects are nothing my then pretty geometric shapes.Observe whats around you. trees, buildings, cars, landscape...
It has only been four short years since I bought my first house. At the time I had no handyman skills to speak of; heck I didn’t even know how to use a drill without obliterating the screw heads. What can I say, I’ve been a bit sheltered, but life is good, and I have been learning more and more since moving in. At any rate, as far as I was concerned a garage was where the cars and outdoor tools lived. No more, no less. Nearly a year ago, I decided to take up woodworking as ...
One day in 1947 my dad announced he was going to Sears. We all nodded. A few hour later he arrived back, having gotten a ride fron a friend, (we didn’t have a car back then) with a large heavy box. Mom asked what he had in the box. He said, “a drill press”. She then asked, “what in the h__l are you going to do with that”. he quietly replied, “drill holes”. Move ahead 63 years! The bench top drill press sits elegantly in my shop. I noticed y...
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