Am I the only one that puts those round titebond glue bottles in them upside down so that the glue is at the top as I’m doing a glue-up instead of running to the bottom of the bottle? Obviously I use the workbench for that purpose too not having a separate assembly table but if I did I don’t think I could imagine it not having dog holes too – those things are just too handy. Outside of the regular uses – dogs and wonder-dogs – anybody else have other oddbal...
This is a really good book that has many many puzzles. It is also oriented toward the woodworker so there are construction hints, etc http://www.puzzleworld.org/PuzzleCraft/pc92.pdf
I was out making a set of doors today and I decided that the fine folks here on LJs might appreciate a tutorial. I realize there are those of you that should be schooling me on the matter, but figured there were some that would like to learn it as well. So I will do my best to give pertanent information. Thanks for reading. To start off you need to consider shop safety. Make sure the guards on your tools are opporational and you have the proper safety glasses, ear plugs, and dust mask.F...
Today I had Christmas with my sons. Good to have them all together at one time. I made thier girlfriends pens and ornaments. They liked them very much. Today I started another wooden lock. Not quite sure what kind of wood it is. A friend gave me an old shipping skid, So I cleaned it up and checked for nails. Then planed down a few pieces for the lock front and back, I think it is hickory but not sure. I know it is very hard.
It’s been a good Christmas weekend at the Bertelson’s in Anchorage AK. We had a an enjoyable Christmas day, with family present for the annual Christmas Day Dinner, got some great gifts, and I finally saw my namesake for the first time in pictures, named James EagleBear Shirk. Third child, for Anthea and Marcus Shirk, Fairbanks, AK, so they weren’t johnny on the spot with pictures, gets to be ho ho hum after awhile (-: . Fairbanks is an uncomfortable distance away, not ...
Woo Hoo, this is my 1,000 post. Another checkpoint in life. I installed a complete complement of parts to make my vacuum pump more usable. I pretty much added a kit from JoeWoodWorker and followed his lead. My pump now is on a carrier with a handle and an On/Off switch. This alone would usually be enough for me to celebrate. But there’s more… I also added a vacuum controller that allows me to dial in the amount of pressure that I want. It is the little black box with the black tu...
Santa brought me a new Harbor Freight Dust collector! Now I gotta hook it all up. My question is, a lot of my power tools are set up to receive a 2 1/4 inch hose ( that is the way they came ). It was great for my shop vac but I’m reading that I need to put in 4 inch piping. Thats a big pipe!! Can I go with 3 inch piping and “step” it down to 2 1/4”?? Will I lose all the “vacuum collection” if I do that? Seems like over kill to have a 4 inch pipe going...
I purchased the High Torque Carver/Engraver item # 147235 from Woodcraft.com a couple of weeks ago. I received it on time, packaged well, and in good condition. I will say that once I opened the box and actually held the tool in my hand I was a little disappointed. I was lucky enough to buy it on sale for $44. Even at that price, it felt rather cheaply made in my hand. I had read the description very carefully before buying, because for one I already own a dremel. Which I have been having ...
Not much done today, had time to install the casters. had to go the lowes for some lag bolts (5/16) as the casters did not come with it. I found the casters on eBay for a fantastic price. it’s sold by SES Casters which are here in Massachusetts. total price was ~26 including shipping. they may not be red and shiny – but they are soft, heavy duty, and work fantastic! I highly recommend this seller by any means. I installed 2 swivel casters on the front of the table, and 2 non...
Now that the initial Christmas season is winding down, I finally have a little room to breathe and I can think about setting some concrete goals for the next year. Oddly enough, I never fell into the whole New Year’s resolution ritual but I think now that I am reaching an age of maturity, I am starting to understand the importance of setting some goals for the next leg of the journey we call life. Sounds “philosophical” doesn’t it :) This last year I have worked on ...
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