Are there other woodworkers out there that are obsessed about trees? Can this really be so uncommon?? I read about them, study them.. sleep with them, use them… they are hands down my favorite life form… second to humans that is. I enjoy all plants, but trees are special. As a dominant life form, with over 102,000 active genes (us humans only have only about 30,000 or so) They can adapt, change, and breed in ways that seem very very unnatural. And they live, fight, and survive ...
Hi All!Well as I am sure you can tell, I do not spend a lot of time at the computer. Hence why my blog entries are so few and far between. As you all know by now, I volunteer on a search and rescue team and recently went to Haiti along with my wife who is also a team member. I did it before, but I want to thank all of you again for your posts about that trip. Things are pretty much back to normal and I am still working in and on the can. There are a lot of improvements that I still need...
Here’s this morning’s quickie tip. I bought vacuum hoses, fittings, extension tubing, adapters, etc. from a variety of sources over the years. Unfortunately, manufacturing differences often prevent a good connection, and the result is annoying accidental disconnects while vacuuming the floor – or some other operation. In my case it’s always been because one fitting won’t fit sufficiently deep into the other – and/or is too smooth to ‘grab’ p...
Well, I wasn’t happy with the original website, or the web hosting service I was using so I got rid of them both. I subscribed to Yahoo web hosting with Site Builder software and, with many helpful suggestions from you good folks here at LJ, I now have an almost 100% new site. I am going to get some new pictures to replace some of the ‘just fair’ ones I have, but the original subscription was running out and I wanted to maintain my web presence, so I’ve used some of...
In case there are a few Lumberjocks who don’t frequent my personal blog I thought I’d post this little video I did here so you can see it. A few weeks ago I filmed Geoffrey Noden at The Woodworking Show in Reading, PA. Unfortunately, his booth wasn’t too far from the Woodmiser booth which means you could barely hear him during the interview.Consequently, I trekked over to Trenton and caught up with Geoffrey in his shop where the noise was a bit less. I hope you enjoy the ...
What’s happening in the shop for March 25, 2010. Yesterday I built two pre-cut murphy beds. This is where I cut the parts and for the customer and they build it themselves. Normally I build just the Alpine style, because it is the one I have the plans for. I now have the Hudson Bay and one of them was that style. The other style was a Bullock. I don’t have plans for that one, but it just involves replacing the face with a raised panel face. Today I’ll be working on B...
Over the next what ever time it takes I am endeavouring to visit and video 1001 sheds in Australia… I feel confident that there are at least that many sheds in my local area.. but as We are also planning the Torque Workcentre World Tour for April… now don’t get all excited … this tour will start in Northern New South Wales here in Australia [mainly along the north coast …...and continue north into the Queensland towns of Bundaberg and Maryborough.. stopping of at...
Whew, I’m just finishing drawing up a plan for a simple (looking) end table, and it’s pushing my design chops to the limit. I’m excited to start it, because it’ll be the most involved, precise woodworking project I’ve done so far. I just wish I had a better feel for the strength of hardwoods—I’m going to use the thinnest parts I think I can get away with, and count on wood’s usual ability to impress me with its strength. I can’t wait! ...
Well… it took a lot of fiddling with the code and searching various forums… to find a way on blogger to incorporate RSS feeds into the main section. The solution in the was rather simple. ~ theloveofwood - blog roll ~ For those interested: <b:widget title=”Stu's Shed – Stuart Lees” type=”Feed”> <b:includable> <b:if> <h2><data:title /></h2> <div class=”widget-content”> <dat...
I took Roy Underhill’s hand tool only class on making a tool chest. It was a wonderful class and I learned a great deal. I highly recommend his classes. We learned about many hand tools and built a dovetailed tool chest. In class I finished the chest and only had to assemble it at home because it had to ship knocked down. The lid I am fitting together and should glue it tomorrow night. This is a picture of fitting the first section of skirt on to the top portion of the side....
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