Well, I have spent the past few weeks getting my lathe together. I received a lathe for Christmas and deployed shortly thereafter. Fortunately for me, it was a lower-end midi model that I felt comfortable hauling to Iraq when I deployed at the beginning of February. Now, with my Masters out of the way, I have a few odd hours each week of spare time. I found a stash of wood (I have no idea what species) that was evidently cut down years ago…completely dry with large checks throughout. Th...
First of all, let me preface this by saying (yet again) that I am not a Shopsmith collector. (I’m not a plane collector, either, but that’s another story) I did, however, trade some carving basswood for a non running Shopsmith. Since I already have 2-10er’s (if you’re not a Shopsmith guy, you can check my previous tool review of a 10er for reference) and an old “greenie” mark 5 shorty in the shop (cut down tubes) that I use mostly for running the jointer...
Yo whats up everybody I was looking at the ryobi table saw at homedepot.com and I was thinking about is it really worth it to spend $115 on a bench top tablesaw or is it better to spend $100 on a circular saw. Now I dont have a working circular saw and I know that a table saw is more accurate then a circular saw. In this case its not I read some of the reviews on lumberjocks and on home depot.com on both the ridgid circular saw and the ryobi table saw and I really wasnt convinced that this ...
So I’ve decided it is time for me to build my first workbench. I’ve recently gotten into hand planes and have been needing a good workbench for some time. I currently have the old steel crating that my tablesaw came in with a 2” chunk of pine for a top. Not trying to be disrespectful, but I look like someone on drugs swimming the 300 meter freestyle medly when I try to plane something. One foot on the base, one on the plane and one trying to keep the piece from sliding aroun...
While looking through old Flickr sets, I realized I never made public one in which I slabbed one of the huge Eucalyptus logs I wrestled home from a craigslist ad. The largest of them is over 230lbs. I chose the smallest – probably around 80-100lbs, because I was desperate to see what lurked inside. I have at least a dozen of these things, so I could sacrifice one enormous beast to curiosity, though that said, I did immediately seal up the ends with a few inches worth of Anchorseal, and ...
Hello.. remember me.. lolSo Sorry I have been taking so much time away for my favourite site … Lumberjocks…Been real busy.. website is now up and running…. lazylarrywoodworks.com.auand the boards are coming along nearly 50 but no pics yet ,... sorry.. soon … I promise..This is a work in progress. Needed a sign for the display at the Melbourne Working with Wood show in October…I was clearing up around the shed and found a 2.5 metre slab of Camphor Laurel that had ...
Well, I’ve got some bad news for the 3-4 people reading my blog. This is going to be the last post for a while. I was hoping to finish everything during my vacation, but it won’t be done in time and I’ve got a few other things I need to do over the next few weeks. The good news is that I’m just about done. The last few steps will be kind of time consuming with minimal results, so I don’t think anyone will be dying to see the next few posts. I will blog the...
I decided to begin work on removing the rust on a small section of the outfeed table. The surface of the jointer beds are made up of machined “ridges”. I first tried multiple applications of Boeshield Rust-Off. Even though the garage door was open, the fumes were terrible. (I added a fan blowing across the table and that greatly improved things.) I first rubbed off the surface rust with a blue scotch-brite pad. I then sprayed on the Rust-Off, wait 1 minute, then abraded with...
As you may or may not know, last year I cut off my middle finger while ripping the legs out of the glued up blanks. I didn’t have a splitter, riving knife, pawls, or blade guard on the table saw and was then surprised when my finger was gone. This year, I put a Uniguard blade guard w/ riving knife/splitter on my table saw and have been using a MagSwitch religiously. With the courage engendered by my recent successes, I got back on the horse that kicked my ass. This evening, I ...
In my last post, I showed some Jacaranda log halves I’d cut up and sealed in preparation for turning them into bowls. Here’s the first one I turned. It’s a very simple bowl. I concentrated a lot here on just practicing techniques, getting a very flat, slightly rounded slope to the inside bottom, and not suffering any catches or gouges. I didn’t want to leave any tool marks this time. This is a rough turning, and has been drying now for 10 days. For the first wee...
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