For the last week or so i’ve been in north topsail beach along the north carolina coast on vacation.So me my dad adrian,uncle greg,stepmom barbie,and aunt karen were just wandering around the streets of wilmington NC when we stumbled upon a woodworking shop.So like any woodworker would have,we went in.The place is called KIDS MAKING IT.This is a non profit organization made to keep kids off of the streets and into the fine hobby of woodworking.This organization helps any where from long...
The Lexus quality ( I’m a Lexus fan) fit and finish I have been touting about SawStop held true to completion. I am glad that I bought the 36 in rails and not the 52 in. Would have been too big for my one car gargage shop. You need some room for sure for the 52 in. I am amazed that the mobile base works smoothly and easily lifts the entire 375 LBs including the 36 rails. That’s is nice surprise. I thought that once you mounted the extention rails you couldn’t move t...
I just got off the phone with the manufacturing company of the 12 foot straight edge clamp. Well, the shipping is going to be more than the clamp itself. A lot more! I think I am going to have to either go into the straight edge business (rental and sales) or go to Plan B (from Outer Space) or if any of you LJ’s that are driving from Whittier, CA to Tupelo, MS or Little Rock or Memphis, Nashville next week, I’ll drop a C note on the gas bill if you will bring it on over. PM and le...
Our swap continues as the box has made its way from Trifern in Illinois to Huckleberry in Indiana. Trifern added some really nice goodies to the box. Hopefully Huckleberry can enjoy the bounty of blanks… the plethora of pens… before he sends it along. :-)
So I took yesterday off in hopes of getting the bench together. I thought I would have the whole thing together and sealed by the evening. Of course, I was wrong. I had already cut the pieces for the bench a week ago and let them sit in the garage. Wednesday night I took the seat supports down into the shop and cut the curve on the band saw and smoothed them with the oscillating drum sander (I printed a scale picture of the curve to use as a pattern). I also cut the legs to shape using...
Good morning folks, the coffee for some reason is especially good this morning. No specific reason why, it just taste better this morning. My garage shop is coming along. I look forward to getting some pictures to share with you all. I’ve completed a few jigs. IE: 2 featherboards, sliding crosscut sleds (2) Push Sticks (3) and 2 Push Blocks. I used some of the non slip stuff on the push blocks and there is no way any wood will slip from them. I finished my lumber rack. I took 2 ide...
I’m now developing my computer skills at the request of a photo journal of the kayak. Redwood 2×6’s reclaimed from a warehouse in California. Became 2,800 linear feat of redwood bead and cove for my wife to be’s Kayak. So i set up the molds on my front porch. Laminated the Stems Set up the Stems And started laying planks.
Okay, so I’m just about done. I’ve put the “last coat” on, and buffed it out with 00000 steel wool. Not too sure if I like it as is, or if I’ll add one more coat. It’s easy enough to do, so it’s no big deal. But there’s one thing I’m unhappy about, and that’s the exposed end grain on the pins and tails. The end grain looks all dried out and kinda nasty. Check it out (click to enlarge): I’m not sure how it got this way...
The boat hauled out today and is now on the hard. Just prior to the boat leaving the water, we had a chance to get on board and peek around and see what’s ahead of us. Then right at 12:30 pm the travel lift pulled her up and out. We sprayed her bottom off, and then she was moved to her new home for the next several weeks. We got to work at about 1:30 surveying the boat, outside and in to see how to best approach the wrecking out of the the old transom, and to see if there are any ot...
My 16 year old son is interested in purchasing a small lathe. Though I’ve been woodworking since high school, I don’t have a lathe and have never used one. He’s interested in turning bowls, cups, pens, etc.. It would need to be a bench top size. Can anyone give advice on what to look for? Is horsepower important? What type of speeds should it have? Anyone had great luck with certain brands? He’s looked on the web and right now likes the small Grizzly, but the p...
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