Hey LJs!!! I am sooo excited right now, I just received my first real hand plane, a Lie-Nielsen Low angle block plane! I have been saving up for this for weeks now, and it has been worth it. I figured for being my first, I would start off with a non-adjustable mouth, and then when I can afford/need one I will get the Lee Valley premiums. This plane is a beauty, the only thing I wish Lie Nielsen did was stamp a date on when the tool was manufactured, that way, when I pass it onto my kids, t...
One of our handiest machines we have to work with here at Cal Urban Lumber is our Good Tek 25” dual planer, linked to below. This machine allows us to mill thousands of board feet in a day. Here is Bills review of our machine.A. True production machine. The helical cutters produce a remarkably smooth finish and very quiet even when milling very hard species like acacia. Q. What do you really like about this machine? Q. What’s something you would change about this machine?...
Just wanted everyone to know that soon I will have my stuff on permanent display at a local craft mall. I have been wanting to do this for a long time. I found this place in an ad in a local paper. The guy is charging $45.00 a month for a 4’x3’ space. Right now he has no wood products there. So this an opportunity to get my name out there. I am geeked about this. Now I have to build up my stock. Just though that I would share the good news
The most common topic request for Safety Week was dust and respirators. So here’s a quick review of the dust and fumes that can make our lives miserable in the shop, and why we need respirators for pro-active protection. And below you will find a links to the exact respirator setup I like to use: the 3m 7500 Series. Some convenient links if you are looking to purchase this respirator system: Small, Medium, Large. And don’t forget the organic vapor cartridges%, the upgrade...
So with the basic bench built it,s time to increase its ability to do some serious work. Without a vise other ways have to be found to hold stock and as Adam Cerubini pointed out it,s the ability to securely hold stock that makes hand tool work easier,safer and all the more enjoyable and it frees you up to concentrate on holding the tool with a more effective grip which in turn makes your work more accurate. All these jigs have been written about and described in books and magazines going b...
Last call for alcohol. This is a final reminder to all Michigan Lumberjocks that the picnic is May 16th at my home. So far DHG, Russell and Tearen has committed themselves. Jockmike2 will be there in spirit. C’mon guys we had alot of interest at the start of the whole thing. I would love to see more people there.
Finally finished it.. Lots of other things happening in my world at the moment. So will post the last step.After attaching the bearing to the base insert a bolt 3/8” in to the centre hole of the base and locate it in the top underneath,.,using the access hole line up and drive screws though the holes to attach the base to the top/.Just a matter of finishing the top…tung Oil finish for me.,This concludes this blog.. thank you all for reading it… If you have any requests f...
As part of the COMPLETE restoration of the nice Walker Tuner table saw I have been working on I ran into a little problem with the arbor bearings. I have completely disassembled the saw and have it painted and now its finally time to start putting it back together. I wanted to replace the old arbor bearings with new, sealed ones. The old bearings were open and had to be greased and I want to take that out of the equation. I measured the shaft and the arbor itself and asked a few questio...
Not that this is a huge great idea but I had never thought of it I used to buy shop hand towels and my Ex would say what a waste. So I went to the local thrift store and bought a bunch of old beach towels and cut them up and now she is happy and I get to destroy towels and not feel like I am wasting so much. Every little bit helps these day
It’s been a rough week trying to finish a piece I’m under the gun for, it’s got to be ready for my nieces wedding. Being new at this, I’ve made numerous mistakes – and the latest may require a thermonuclear option, I’m making a cutting board, and I gouged it badly when rounding the edges. I’m off to my mentors tomorrow to see if it can be saved, but I fear I may have to take a slice off of two sides. (Sigh.) Ah well. If it were easy, what would...
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