The Assembly Table has been in great use for the last months. It’s awesome to have a perfectly flat reference surface on which to assemble projects. However, one problem I’ve had since I replaced the top is the front vice. My old top was 1.5” thick and the front vice was level with the top. The new torsion box top is thicker (about 4”) and so the top of the vice sits about 2” below the table top. That makes it near impossible to clamp many things an...
I just bought a drafting table recently and I must have missed something because before I took the top off to put in my car, the tilt locking mechanism worked. Now it doesn’t after I just assembled it. Anyone have information I can use? It’s driving me nuts, lol. Thanks. Joker Jay
Good afternoon all – just some observations from an ethical perspective of a topic that seems to spark debate from time to time. The subject in question is the sanctity of one’s work and the ethical treatment of a public posting of such work. Here at LJs, we have a community attitude towards woodworking. We all share ideas, techniques, designs, indulge in problem solving and that open attitude will occasionally cause some friction. In my mind, I see this as misunderstanding bet...
I saw the plant stand I built for my wife’s classroom, and it is a reminder that when you build a item for a specific spot it might not always be in that spot. Originally, the plant stand was meant to go in-between the back of her desk and the window. The plant stand was one of my earlier projects, and like many of you I’m sure you pick apart every mistake made on a piece. What I told my self at the time was don’t worry about it no one would ever see it. The stand will be beh...
Not a threat. A lyric from an early Pink Floyd album. But I am going to do it, to the blanks. There’s some trig. in this part of the blog. If you don’t know Trigonometry youll just have to trust me. First this is what came out of the glue-up. Now I’d pre thicknessed both the Sycamore and the purpleheart on the side which will be triangle shaped before gluing up so all I have to do now is thickness the other side, to 4mm. I do this by trimming the end off in the table ...
i went to the exebition grounds where some CITY dwellers keep their horses and asked if they wanted shavings..as soon as i said FREE heck ya was the response , I just ask that they hold on to the BIG HEAVY DUTY black bags so i can refill them ( if they dont recycle them they will be crossed off the list… is that too much to ask? I deliver the stuff…. )
As I sit down to write this morning, I feel as if I have little of interest to talk about. I pretty much am finishing up the things that have to go out to the magazine. I can proudly say that in the box I am sending three projects and two articles. The box won’t go out until tomorrow, but it will ensure my presence in another couple of issues of the magazine. How many? I don’t know. I guess that is up to the editors and the amount of space they need to fill. I can usually cou...
I’ve done this before. I have been in limbo for almost a year. Project limbo, shop limbo, life limbo. I have discovered turning during that time so all is not lost but working out of a 6×10 trailer is barely bearable. Still, limbo. Things are changing. My wife lost her job this winter, outsourced by three people whose names we cannot pronounce, which has forced us to reevaluate our situation. I am still gainfully employed. She gets to have all the fun. All this sounds like wh...
Hello LJ, I just finished today’s blog post. I am pleased with it. ‘The Littlest Protest’ http://ow.ly/1XXIP Brian p.s. I rank this as one of my top 17 of all time….maybe even top 12.
I had a whole fifteen minutes before the phone rang today and spent it parting the lid from the bottom of the latest box. I always get a sort of bittersweet feeling when I do that… It’s the “Last Act” of the making process. After that comes the Assembly Phase, with a lot more work to be sure, but all the fun of making the parts gone…Alas and woe is me… I guess I better hurry up and finish this thing so I can start another!!! :)But, I’ve got a very imp...
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