I’ve decided to spend some time on this shotgun. It was a tough decision, providing that I’m giving it away to a 6 year old. But the reason I decided to move forward is because #1 I don’t think there is a toy gun as detailed as this will be, #2 I enjoy carving and it’s a good experience, and #3 maybe people will see it and either order one, or maybe even ask me to carve their real rifle. We will see if that works out. No matter what this kid is getting a very cool ...
A few months ago on ebay, I picked up a couple planes. I’m a “power tool guy” (and frankly, what I see you guys do with hand tools looks like black magic to me!), but I figured I should see what all the fuss is about. Having never used a SHARP plane before, I was certain I didn’t need them! In the intervening months, I quit my job, moved to another state, and—perhaps most importantly—acquired a honing guide and a working knowledge of Scary Sharp. Th...
I’ve just finished adding a box to the back of my old contractor’s saw to enclose the entire motor/belt assembly, and a dust port below the saw. I had replaced the motor drive belt previously with a Power Twist Link belt assembled to the same size as the factory belt. With this belt, however, the motor would rotate above the top surface of the tablesaw. I lengthened the belt by adding a couple more links, made sure that it did not hit anything throughout the rotation, and was...
Its July 4th and its back out at the deck. Yesterday I tipped the deck in place. Today was one of those days where it seemed that I did not have a whole lot to do . . . however it took me the entire day to do it. Go figure. First on the agenda was to install the railing posts in the rear corners of the deck. Here is a pic taken from the upstairs door. And yes it’s a long way down. I climbed up the ladder with the camera to take a pic installing one of the posts. The clamp held...
We have a new ankle-biter on the way and the den/study had to become a baby’s room since we are out of bedrooms. I have moved it into the corner of the garage (built a corner desk – carpentry work with 2×4’s and plywood – no fancy woodworking here). This has resulted in a complete rearrangement of my wood-shop (still underway – I have not done any woodworking for 2 months or so now). New problems – not enough space; I’m going to make some flip...
Another LJ asked: Do you have reason for doing the assembly before applying the finish? Yes, i did give that option some thought and here are my reasons for not finishing prior to assembly. 1. There are no “plans” for this project. I am designing as I go. As a result it’s not possible to pre-cut all my pieces, apply finish and then assemble. 2. Without plans I avoid measuring cuts as much as possible, I use the already assembled parts to transfer my marks for cuttin...
The latest issue of Wood Magazine (Issue 192-Sept 2009) is just hitting the mailboxes and will soon be at the bookstores and magazine racks. On the cover is Norm Abram, but on page three, listed in the index is a mention for my joint testing video! They also printed an image captured from the video. I am honored and excited about being chosen for a mention in Wood Magazine. I plan on doing more videos in the future, but they take a lot of work and I have my own business to run so ple...
Really like the router combo. A terrific buy for the bucks. Like the powerful variable speed, the 1/4” and 1/2” chucks, the template guides, very quite and fun to use. The plunge base is a snap to use. A disquieting issue though. During the process of making a really nice portable router table I switched over to the plunge base. I went to clean up the fixed base and noticed on the inside of the plastic scale ring that stress cracks are beginning to form. One of the stress c...
I just got my September issue of Wood Magazine and who should appear on the 3rd page, but our own Todd Clippinger. It said, and I quote “Wood tube user Todd Clippinger shows a super simple method at woodmagazine.com/testyourjoints.” And even has a nice picture of Todd in his workshop. Congratulations Todd. That’s really something to get published in a big Mag. Like Wood Magazine, my favorite, by the way, and subscriber, hint, hint. Nice going buddy. Here you go Debbie. I can...
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