I had a chance, yesterday, to spend another delightful afternoon/evening with Mike (aka jockmike2). Each time I visit, it seems my confidence level goes up a notch and I spend more time doing some actual turning. So there was much progress with the bowl I was working on and it would seem that it is not destined to spend the rest of its days as a permanent addition to Mike’s chuck. The piece we worked on is a chunk of maple that Mike was kind enough to donate to the teaching process. ...
Now I know you are wondering how all of this time I am spending in the attic relates to woodworking. There is a tie in here, trust me… Even though the daytime highs have been in the mid to upper 70s lately, the overnight lows are, well downright cold into the mid 40s. Once the sun starts going down the attic isn’t a horrible place to work, aside from all the fiberglass dust that is… I took up a span of OSB to spread between the rafters to give me a more acceptable plat...
WOW!! 59 YEARS, IT DOESN”T SEEM THAT LONG. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ MARCH 31, 1951-2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~All of this at $1.20/hr>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Barb, & our trailer home, 1951, $1500 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dick, & Our first Car, 1937 Ford, $350
I decided it would probably be boring to show each step from the previous ‘milling everything flat and square’ post, to the final board, so here’s the final board, all finished: It is 6-3/4”x8-5/8” and a little over 1.75” thick. Or, you know, about the size of the US hardcover edition of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” though the book is a little less than an inch taller in the longest dimension. Note the butcher’s block c...
My new shop arrived today, looking forward to setting it up. I bought a 12’x 30’ gable shed with 8’ walls. It was an interesting process to watch as they set it down in my yard today. Now I will have to save to start putting in the electrical. Plan to put 110 every 4’ about 4’ up on the walls and 220 every 8’. Plan to put 8 double bulb florescent fixtures in the ceiling for lighting. Along with some task lighting and outlets for hanging ceiling appliances ...
Even though I am not going to be producing a finalized product by request of the client, our friend Todd asked me to show the process regardless. So, here ‘tis. http://birchhillwoodcrafts.com/ottoman-project-part-i/
In this episode I talk about router bits.
Lots of firsts for me tonight: 1) made my first ever jig2) made my first ever dado3) Used my brand new router in the plunge base4) did my first serious routing (ok, kind of a compilation of 1-3 above) Wooo! The jig I made is for routing tenons. The pieces I’m working on (the legs for my workbench in progress) are too big for the router table, too big for my tiny table saw, and damn tiring to do by hand. I got the plans from here Ta da! Not much to look at, really, but i...
Well…I hope you weren’t all holding your breathes!!! After nearly 5 months of discovering, dreaming, hoping, worrying, and stressing—-I became a boat owner! Or at least a boat MATERIALS owner… However I cannot claim to be a boat builder…I ran into a snag because I could not find ONE SMALL part, lol…my rip guide for my circular saw…I thought my new one had one, but I realize that I did not get one with it…and then i tried to find another that...
This is far from fine woodworking, but I feel the need to get something up here and start talking about what I have been working on in my new shop with my new tools. While I bought my new stuff to make boxes and furniture, it turns out that you can also make chicken coops with a Jet Proshop. Pic at bottom. My wife and I decided having a flock of 6 chickens for egg laying would be a fun way to get closer to the food chain and make us more aware of how our food gets to our table. Of co...
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