Once upon a time . . . in a far away land . . . no wait . . it wasn’t really that far. It was our basement actually. There was a place FILLED with books. (How does this relate to a garbage can holder? Read on.) The culmination of Peggy and I’s households made for a rather large collection of books. We’re both avid readers, as is our family, so we have volumes of books. We needed more shelving and the existing shelving that we had was not quite designed to be up to t...
It has been 3 days now using LJ, and has been really great experience for me to see others’ great projects and receive/send posts from everyone. And now this is my first trial live without LJH for a week… I have to leave for Kyushu area for a concert and during that time, I may not be able to use internet. Oh no!I will get back to even posts written to me or my project as soon as possible, so please forgive my absence. I will have a concert in Miyazaki but before that we wil...
I made the first steps in setting up my shop today. I already have a workbench but currently it sits outside, not such a good plan with temperatures hitting 36C everyday and the rains approaching. We rent a house on the outskirts of Bangkok which has a small shed sized storage room which was full of the landlords old junk. Today a truck from a local temple arrived with 4 or 5 guys and they cleared it out and took everything away. Now I can start to clean it up, slap some paint on the walls an...
I have a few very old tools, This one was not in the view of my workshop photo’s. I’m somewhat proud that I acquired it at a garage sale for about $25 ten years ago and it is still working. I made the stand,that has a chip collection basket in the center door. I did purchase it without any motor. I’m guessing that it was made in the early 1960’s. The nameplate does say Sears Roebuck and Co. Simpson-Sears LTD.
Hi woodworkers, I’ve moved to the Charleston, SC area from Michigan, and need a local woodworker who would enjoy “modeling” toys/games I’ve invented out of wood, which ultimately will be made from injection molded plastic. Of course, I will pay for all work. Most of these models are not very intricate, though a few may be. I apologize in advance if I was not suppose to use this blog to find some local woodworkers, and if told, not to use it for this purpose, I ...
I spent the day installing cabinets, I built, in a manufactured home. Kinda like spreading caviar on wonder bread. Actually it was a sales office. They were busy. I guess the depression is driving folks to these “bargains”. My sister bought a 12 year old one down in Nevada. In 12 years the outside trim was falling off. All the windows failed. The roof leaked and needed replaced. The dry wall was cracking. This was all just normal wear and tear. I’ve done a bit of work in...
This week life intervened and I didn’t get much work done on the bench. Just before I left on my trip I started to drill the holes in the side rails. I started by using a 3/4” auger bit in my drill press. Unfortunately I didn’t plan this step quite as thoroughly as I have done for the rest of this project. Mistake #1 not trying this technique on a pice of scrap first and instead drilling into the bottom rail of the workbench. Mistake #2: Not clamping the rail down to the ta...
By Dilo Marcio FernandinoBelo Horizonte, MG, Brazil My first workshop was the kitchen of my rented apartment. I purchaseda small carving bench (23” x 23” top) and sharpened my few oldchisels. My first adult-age project was a double bed with matchingside tables. A few years later we moved into our own apartment wheremy wife granted me the exclusive use of a 7 ft x 6 ft service closetwhere I have now been working for over 30 years. Despite its lack ofelbow room and my wife’...
Will Spring EVER get here? I feel like a kid in school waiting for summer break. I want some shop time so badly, that I’m chomping at the bit every day. My tools are calling me, but the shop is too cold to do anything constructive in it. I can fire up the woodburner, but that just takes the chill off the air. Everything else is still cold. I walked out the other day, and some of my table tops on the planer, jointer and bandsaw had a light coat of rust on them. I almost had a high...
I’m sort of sad this week. It’s just frustrating to me, what is happening now. In the big sense, and the little Lumberjock sense. An artist and L-J’er that I greatly admire, Thomas Angle, can’t find anyone to buy his work, and he has shut down his business operation That sort of just stinks, and should be a huge red flag for any of the rest of us that try to sell our handmade work for a living. He can work leather, and combine it with wood like few have ever d...
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