Hello All, I had a lovely day buying a new tool. This is something I have thought about since before I started writing this blog and now it was time to buy. I am very happy with it and I can’t wait to play with it tomorrow. For now though, it is late, I am tuckered and I need some snoozing. http://bit.ly/bwuddK G’night all, Brian
...have been thrown in so far. I’ve had about thirty kids place hands on it so far, including to visually-impaired students today. I didn’t expect them so I didn’t prep anything for them to do. After a little scrounging around, I was able to get them to do the sanding/masking work on the rims. Last week saw the finished paintjob. The blue paint took around three coats to cover well, while the yellow pinstripe was created using masking tape and Rustoleum Pro Yellow spr...
IntroductionThe sliding leg vice offers a great deal of versatility, offering the function of a twin screw vice, but at a variable screw to screw distant of up to 1.6m. Video – The Leg Feature 1 – Parallel Below the ShelfThe first problem I noticed with sliding leg vices is the parallel bar sliding along the shelf colliding with anything you were planning to store on the shelf. To overcome this, I put the parallel guide underneath the bench. To achieve this I reduced the heigh...
This is a sofa bed made from recycled silky oak (Cardwellia Sublimus) collected from a house destroyed by a recent cyclone. Timber about 90 years old.
Hello everyone.Reading and seeing everyone else’ workshop has INSPIRED me to clean mine today. A clean floor and clean work areas is a safe working space ! I have finally built some JIGS to make repetative work simpler . I guess today was a day to spoil myself. Sometimes we all need these.Been building a long time and I still learn things from this SITE. Thanks to all the pics of the shops and jigs everyone have posted !
At the end of last year I was kind of hoping that our tax return would be enough to let me buy a new big ticket tool for my workshop (I define “big ticket” as over $200.00). I knew I wanted to that tool to be a bandsaw, the question was really WHICH bandsaw to get. I googled, I did searches on You Tube, I visited manufacturers websites, I posted questions in woodworking forums. I created a comparison chart of 15 different band saws from 10 different manufacturers, comparing r...
This spring I was finally getting the workshop painted and ready to use! My shop is divided into a front room that will be used for assembly and finishing and the larger workshop part at the back. Here’s a rough sketch of the layout: The OSB walls have all been painted with 2 coats of Kilz original primer, here’s the east side wall of the shop part before the paint: and with the Kilz primer: The front room with insulation only: with the OSB: and with...
Progress is continuing on the restoration, I’m grabbing an hour here or there to work on it. The bottom axle was pretty easy to remove after all – a block of wood and a rubber mallet got it out ok. The only stubborn part was the woodruff key on the end of the axle that (of course) had to be removed for the axle to come out. I had to mangle it a little to get it out, but I think it will be ok. If not, I’ll just order a new one from McMaster-Carr. That one damn bearin...
I had a meeting today with a friend who does pet portraits here in LA. He left the film effects business last year to focus on his two passions: pets, and photography. It’s working out for him. He did portraits of all of Paris Hilton’s dogs last year. He has a bunch of freelance work for me – website stuff – which will be great to tide me over as I continue to pursue full time employment again. In other financial news, looks like I’m getting a tax refund to the t...
Hello fellow LJ’s, i just wanted to share this amazing find with ya’ll since we all (more or less) share the same love of wood. A rancher pushed over this enormous bois d’arc tree to make way for a fence (of all things) anyway he gave a buddy and me free range to cut as much of it as we wanted to. I was overjoyed and so far this is all I’ve gotten to the sawmill but there is much more to come. one of the huge benefits to living in deep east Texas is there are saw...
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