Hello again. The glue-up went well. So did the cleanup and sizing of the smaller squares. So I decided to try a dry run of a patch of the snakes pattern. Sawed up 1/6th of my stock netting 15 large squares and 14 small (7 x walnut, 7 x maple). Played around a bit and this is the result.Some of the maple wasn’t the lightest in the world and I hope the contrast holds when its finished.Patterns in the layout have emerged which should make things easier come glue-up time, such as every larg...
These are some of the jigs and such I made to get going on my box project. A zero clearance plate and a push-stick that my son said looked like a shark, so….. A miter sled made from scraps and a MDF shelf for the base A jig for cutting the splines, a Doug Stowe design off of his “Basic Box Making” DVDI also canabalized a pine shelf for it I thought I made a cross cutting sled, but it must be in the mess of my garage.Anyways, thanks for looking:)
I had one partial gallon-sized bucked of joint compound from some time last year (or was it the year before?), but it certainly wouldn’t be enough to complete the entire garage, so I went to the store to get one of those big honkin’ buckets. I prefer the pre-mixed stuff because, well, I’m an amateur, and pre-mixed means less work and less chance for screwups! I needed to get paper tape anyway, because apparently Wal-Mart only carries the fiberglass stuff. After wanderin...
It’s official – I have processed my first log !! Got the mill set up Got a log loaded (pine) Trimmed a cant Cut some boards The EZ Boardwalk was easy to set up and run. Sturdy frame and it just glides on the runners. Got a temporary cover over it for now. Hope to mill some cherry, hickory, oak, and cedar tomorrow!
Hello, As I mentioned in my blog, not much going on for woodworking this weekend, as I am hanging out at my parents. Today my mother and I went into Ames and had a lovely day. I ran across a bit of carving, in the form of a gnome. It was carved by the Mid Iowa Wood Carvers. It was an accidental find and I took a picture and included it the blog. Today’s blog is mostly just photos. There are lots of butterflies too. Tomorrow I head home and will get back to playing around in ...
Painted the last piece today, so here it is in all (or at least most) of it’s assembled glory. Once again – the before: And now the after: As you can tell from the second pic, I haven’t gotten the lower axle/bearings back on it yet – same for the upper wheel. I did try freezing the axle to see if that’d let me press the axle in easily enough – didn’t seem to give it enough – so I’m going to have to find someone wi...
Yesterday I made it to the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event in Burlington Ontario. It was only about an hour drive from my home in western NY. It was great to meet the some of the people that work there and they were incredibly helpful. I spent about four hours there and enjoyed evey minute of it. I thought I would probably buy a new plane so I spent quite a bit of time tryiing different models. I really liked the scrub and low angle jack and almost bought the low angle jack. I also tried ou...
I’ve been long in need of a decent drill press. Trying to get a bench top model with decent quill travel – for drilling out pen blanks, without getting another cheap one to replace the VERY cheap one I have. I don’t think I need, or want something so large as a floor model. The capacity seems great, horsepower certainly outstrips the rubberband motor on the $30 POS I bought online (before I knew better). But we’re in a rental, and I shouldn’t bolt anything to the...
I posted my first project in another blog and wanted some opinions on the wood type.I have photos of the log, bark, end, cut grain and finished board. The guy cutting it down said it was a black walnut, but no way is it that as the wood is too light. I have a ton of squirrels (aka rats with furry tails) in the yard who plant all kind of nuts and dig everything up so god knows what it could be. My Mustang keeps sneaking into the pics :)Opinions appreciated > This is some oak ...
Charles Neil lowboy build-along, # 10I’m now ready to start the scroll board. I begin by using the pattern of the scroll board Charles sent along with the wood he furnished . Guess what? I looked all around my shop for more than an hour, moving things, and picking up things. I went to some locations three times, but no pattern. My only alternative was to go to the “Mastering Woodworking “ website and print the PDF file, and I did, but in checking the printed PDF, I found the printed pattern d...
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