(Please note: I originally posted this earlier today as a forum topic, but then decided to put it in as a blog entry in order to keep all of my entries together. I have also added more information to this posting here.) A year ago Christmas, Santa promised my wife that he’d build built-in bookcases with doors, as well as an adjoining mantel. Well, Santa got busy over the course of that year landscaping most of the yard by laying brick pavers, constructing a couple of raised brick planter b...
Well, my wife and I have made it back. Actually we returned yesterday. Now is decompression time. I just thought I should let you all know that we made it back safe and sound, especially after all the great messages. Plus I will take a moment to answer a question that was posted about how to get involved in Search and Rescue. Before I go into that part, though I must tell you the what one of the truly difficult parts of search and rescue are. I will never forget my first search, which was ...
Well, it finally happened… I’ve been struggling a bit since my first couple of attempts and feeling like my beginners luck was running out. Finally, today I had the ultimate oh crap moment. As I was tapping my joint together my pin board split. At first I was devastated, but it helped me realize some things I was doing wrong. Obviously my pins were too big, but I think for two different reasons. First, when I was scribing my tails onto the pin board, I was overhanging the ta...
In various woodworking catalogs you will see a device that allows you to vary the speed of your router by turning a dial. I assume it is like a rheostat on a light fixture. I also assume that lower speed also means lower power. I have never seen a device like this promoted for other tools. Could this device, marketed for routers, also be used on a drill press or a lathe? On the drill press, it would be nice to make a change in speeds without the hassle of moving the belts and, on...
The Mason Dixon Woodworkers bought some popular lumber from a local sawmill operator. We picked up the wood and it was stored in our material storage building. As we started to use it I noticed that a lot of the boards had spalting but even stranger it had some mineral streaks that were pink. I’ve never seen pink before. We were cutting some of the planks today and this is a cut-off piece that I plan to use to make a few pen blanks. On one side of the board it seems tha...
Well all 17 metres of Gum tree (see this post) have been sliced and are sitting in my drying room. In my previous posts I showed some of the beautiful slabs I cut out of logs that would otherwise have landed in the garbage dump, and just for kicks, here are a few more. ... And here are some pics of the process....Now we wait for many months until they are dry enough to be turned into projects.
After all the layout work in sketchup, I was able to get up on the ladder last night to measure and mark where the ceiling lights are supposed to go. all of them 4’ in from the sidewalls, front row 2’ from front wall, back row 2’ in from garage door opening / wall (Will end up covered when doors are open). And of course the middle row right at 10’ from front or back wall. (20’ long garage you know…) Upon looking at this layout, I do not like it… Bu...
I recently returned from seven awesome (and tiring) days of teaching at the William Ng School of Fine Woodworking. The first five days were dedicated to the Modern Hall Table, and the weekend class was focused on the frame. And believe it or not, the frame was the more challenging project to complete in the given time-frame. But I am glad to say that everyone was able to go home with some semblance of a finished project. I thought it would be fun to share some of the pictures I took durin...
This is the first tool that i will try to clean up so i can use it again. It is a Stanley Bailey No.7, who need a good clean up got some rust and need to sharpen the blade.
I juste want to share with you Jocks my little hand tools collection. It was a gift from a old judge who got the tool box of his great grand father who use to build home in 1875 to 1905. He was from Quebec Canada and he participated in building the great resorts in Banff, Lakelouise and all those places in the Rockies. Most of the tools came from that tool box and some i got from friends and garage sale…...here’s the metal plane part a the my tools and one wooden plane. I will pos...
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