We have a new ankle-biter on the way and the den/study had to become a baby’s room since we are out of bedrooms. I have moved it into the corner of the garage (built a corner desk – carpentry work with 2×4’s and plywood – no fancy woodworking here). This has resulted in a complete rearrangement of my wood-shop (still underway – I have not done any woodworking for 2 months or so now). New problems – not enough space; I’m going to make some flip...
Another LJ asked: Do you have reason for doing the assembly before applying the finish? Yes, i did give that option some thought and here are my reasons for not finishing prior to assembly. 1. There are no “plans” for this project. I am designing as I go. As a result it’s not possible to pre-cut all my pieces, apply finish and then assemble. 2. Without plans I avoid measuring cuts as much as possible, I use the already assembled parts to transfer my marks for cuttin...
The latest issue of Wood Magazine (Issue 192-Sept 2009) is just hitting the mailboxes and will soon be at the bookstores and magazine racks. On the cover is Norm Abram, but on page three, listed in the index is a mention for my joint testing video! They also printed an image captured from the video. I am honored and excited about being chosen for a mention in Wood Magazine. I plan on doing more videos in the future, but they take a lot of work and I have my own business to run so ple...
Really like the router combo. A terrific buy for the bucks. Like the powerful variable speed, the 1/4” and 1/2” chucks, the template guides, very quite and fun to use. The plunge base is a snap to use. A disquieting issue though. During the process of making a really nice portable router table I switched over to the plunge base. I went to clean up the fixed base and noticed on the inside of the plastic scale ring that stress cracks are beginning to form. One of the stress c...
I just got my September issue of Wood Magazine and who should appear on the 3rd page, but our own Todd Clippinger. It said, and I quote “Wood tube user Todd Clippinger shows a super simple method at woodmagazine.com/testyourjoints.” And even has a nice picture of Todd in his workshop. Congratulations Todd. That’s really something to get published in a big Mag. Like Wood Magazine, my favorite, by the way, and subscriber, hint, hint. Nice going buddy. Here you go Debbie. I can...
The cabinet doors are now installed. I’ve got to say I love those Blum (European) Hinges. In this case I have inset doors so the gap around the doors is really finicky. The slightest deviation stands out like a K-Mart blue tag special that has a flashing light saying “He screwed up look here!” With the Blum Hingest you can quite literally “dial in” the desired gap and face depth. I also like the fact that the hinges are invisible when the door is closed. The trad...
After nearly six month without posting, today I’ve posted some projects. Pitifully it’s probably my swan’s cry: in a very few weeks I’ll have to close my workshop, because of the severe crisis we suffer. Here, in the Canary Island, 25% of the working population doesn´t have a job. If surviving was till last year’s end quite difficult, today it has become nearly impossible. I don´t actually know if I’ll post anything else from this moment. So to those of you...
Some people have expressed interest on how much items go for and how to price your projects. I don’t know much about this, but I hooked up with my local farmer’s market and set up some of my projects for sale. It was rather chilly for a summer day here, and not many people turned out, but in 4 hours I did manage to sell two things. Also I had a lot of people picking up my work and feeling them, opening them, and lots of great comments on workmanship wood choices etc. I learned a l...
Since this was a three day weekend for me, I got to go hiking twice: 4 1/2 hours in Putnam County Park on Friday and almost 4 this morning in Trace Fork Canyon. Nestled between the twin cities of Charleston and South Charleston, Trace Fork Canyon is an urban oasis of hundreds of acres. Even when you’re enjoying the solitude deep in the bottom of the canyon, the roads winding along the canyon rim are only 1/2 mile or so away – if you could climb the steep terrain, that is. It’...
Hey Guys and Gals Just wanted to wish everyone a happy and safe independence day. We are in beatiful Houghtn Lake, Michigan a the Bear Claw cafe in Arnie’s Craft Store. We are having a coffee and sweet roll break then on to FISHING. I took the wife to houghton lake airport and got her in a plane for the first time. She had a wonderful time. The damn plane was older than I was. It was a 1966 cessna. I will be back in the shop on Sunday and will be refreshed.
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