The other day I got a call from a good mate of mine… George McNab… asking if I could use some small offcuts of Hairy Oak.. Some of you may have seen George at various Wood Shows… he is a supplier of Western Queensland Timbers… for boxes and pens. It seems he had been cutting up some logs and the bits that were of no use to him, he was going to chip…I was over like a shot.. in the Ute.. There actually was a huge pile and with the Good Lazy Wife in towR...
I learned what a Chinese elm is 1 year and 10 days ago, and blogged about it here. A friend told me she had read about a very old one that had fallen on someone’s car during high winds the day before. It turned out to be only a 10 minute drive from work, which is where I was reading the email. At lunch I headed over, found the crushed truck on the side of the road, but the tree was already gone. Since then I’ve seen Chinese elms all over my area, and they are wild looking, beautif...
Nearly every Sunday morning my wife and I vist the local markets.. to check out the plants and have a look at the trash and treasure… and of course have a bacon and egg roll for breakfast.. A visit to the markets would not be complete without dropping in on Col and Ken… Col has a hydroponic lettuce farm and makes timber items, including marvelous boxes, which he sells on his stall at the market…. Ken is the maker of Wedding Wishing Wells.. and other timber items too… he is branching out..n...
Another restaurant on the same street as the last one is being remodeled. I headed over one night to see if they threw anything good away and they sure had. The tall boards in the middle here were actually piled up on the dumpster (old boards to the right are from the other restaurant, pallet/crate wood to left from yet another!): There’s some nicer grade 3/4” birch ply about 7’ long and more than a foot wide – handy for jigs and secondary structures. There was ...
I’ve had a few friends/enemies/family get hitched recently – I’m working on an interesting gift for them. I remember my own wedding, and know that the pure number of pictures taken can be enormous…and why make a photo album that can’t hold them all? Well…mine can. And the front - My basic technique has been to sandwich the USB device between three layers of 1/4 in oak strips. As you can see, I’ve had some difficulty in making sure th...
Hello Lumberjocks, If you read Friday’s post, you will know I made a to do list for the weekend. I have not completed all of it, but have made a reasonable effort. The 6th, 7th, and 8th items are now done, the 8th being write another installment of the Henry Wood Detective Agency. I hope you enjoy it. http://bit.ly/aThlZK Brian
Suffered my first incidence of kickback on my crappy table saw today. The ironic part? I was making a push block. I guess it’s probably not true kickback, just gross stupidity. I had left the piece of wood on the saw after setting the fence, then turned it on. The 2×4 came flying backwards and hit my forearm. I’ve got a nasty red mark, and have a feeling it’s going to be a glorious bruise. Could have broken my arm… there’s a nice gouge from the s...
Just because the world really needs another blogger – ahem – I am announcing my new blog: Woodworking for Mere Mortals. In other words, woodworking for the rest of us: guys like me who simply like to putter around in our garages and make cool stuff for fun. Come on over and check it out. Feel free to take my pledge: I admit that I am not a master woodworker. I have crappy tools. I could never be Norm. I spend way more time fooling around in my shop than actually building…...
Roy (Underhill) had the basic shape of the handles turned for us by a local chair maker. I shaped mine and added a spacer so I could get my stubbie fingers around the grip. I put a thread insert on the back side of the spacer to aid in mountng them to the chest. i This picture shows the profile I came up with.
Here is the lid after glue up. Turned ot well. Thanks Roy!!
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