Most Saturday mornings, I am hiking in Trace Fork Canyon in South Charleston, WV. Heavily wooded, steep, and rocky, the canyon is 300’ deep and runs several miles right through some of the most congested urban sprawl in West Virginia. You can literally go from shopping centers and subdivisions right into hundreds of acres of forested paradise in just a few minutes. Here’s a photo I took with a model airplane on a bright, hazy July morning, showing the canyon snaking away into the ...
Well I am about halfway there that I can tell. I am restoring this to be a user, but I am not sure really how far I need to go. I soaked it for 2 days in a molasses water mixture after finding that molasses is a chelation agent like most of the other rustoff products… As you can see, I dont have it “shined up”. But in think what you are seeing is what I keep seeing referred to as patina..but I really dont know. Here you can see the patent numbers, but also you ...
I built a bench last summer, but I’ve never been satisfied with it. For one thing I had to use some pretty junky wood. There’s some other issues with it as well, but this isn’t about that bench. This is about trashing that bench So I need a new bench, and I ran into an issue of ShopNotes that I had picked up, skimmed and promptly never saw it again. It’s last Decembers Issue. It has a pretty nice looking bench on the cover and I start reading it to check it o...
Today I am going to start working on my design for my project in progress. I know that your probably wondering, so what is this project in progress, well have you ever wanted to go back in time and experience building something that a person, who will be famous in time, will use. Even make something that is used to write a document that gives each and every human being in the United States freedom. Well that is exactly what I am going to make, a replica of the lab top desk that our one and on...
THANKS TO ALL FOR THE WARM WELCOME TO LJ!I KNOW THAT IN THE FUTURE I CAN COUNT ON LJ’SFOR ANY HELP ON MY UP COMING PROJECTS AND ALSO THE INSPIRATION TO ALWAYS TAKE THAT NEXT STEP INTO THE REALM OF WOODWORKINGTHANK YOUTOM
The leisurely 4 to 6 week project just became a 2 to 3 week project! The mattress and box spring arrived 4 weeks EARLY. They now sit in the middle of my living room taking up prime real estate: This has given me renewed vigor to work nonstop to finish the project. I started the week working on all the mortises. This was my first time using my Delta mortising machine. It’s pretty cool. Worked like a charm. I bought it a while ago and hadn’t used it on a project until now. ...
Well this one is for Karson. Here are some pics of the new router table currently in construction. This picture is just a view from the front. The top consists of 2 pieces of 3/4” MDF glued together sandwiched between a top and bottom layer of black formica. I have not added the solid oak molding around the table top yet, but it’s ready to go. Probably will happen tomorrow, along with the face frame for the cabinet carcass. The top will be a bit over 25” X 36” ...
I didn’t feel much like going to work today, so I took the day off. I did some odd jobs around the house and managed to carve out some time to work on this project. I looked at all of the rough milled wood, didn’t bend or twist a bit. So I played it safe and ran it all across the jointer, through the planer to final thickness and then ripped it to final width. I made some prototype case pieces out of cherry scraps I had, and worked out the flag case size. I built a jig to cut t...
Hello Folks,I got to the lodge tonight and got on the computer for a spell. Still no internet at our house, maybe next week. right now it is snowing straight down and 12 inches are expected. We have been slopping in mud ever since we got here. Yesterday was pretty nice with temps in the high 40’s. My projects are now fence and getting a feed manger in the new barn here at Ash Creek. They got it wired today and now it’s up to me. I think I’ll post it as a project just for kic...
The box is almost ready for glue up. My daughter wanted to make something and i had some small cedar blocks lying around. We got the it all ready to glue up, but i needed to chisel out where the hinges go, hence the seven stitches. Well i learned something today, chisel’s are sharp and will cut you lol. i guess i knew that but needed some negative reinforcement.so anyway the kids now know how to sew skin and daddy’s tetnous( yeah i can’t spell that one) shot is now current. ...
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