I promised myself that I would not build any new projects until I completed my workbench. I have been making do for so long with substandard setups (even winning a "Most Pathetic Workbench" award from Woodworking Magazine), that it takes me at least twice as long on any project than it would with a proper workbench (and even WITH a proper workbench, I will probably take three times as long as you would). It was time to draw the line in the sawdust and say enough is enough. I promised mysel...
I had already taken some pictures of some of the tools that I discovered when removing the top layer of the collapsed shed. To preface this, the door to this shed was to open inward but it wouldn’t budge before it collapsed because a ceiling beam had fallen and wedged itself against the door making it impossible to open. I couldn’t get to the hinges and I was always fearful of kicking it in because I had no clue of how it might fall if I did get the door to budge. Through some cra...
So, I thought everything was going along great, things were looking good… then this happened on several pieces after spray painting after the primer coat: It appears the paint isn’t adhearing to the metal there, despite the fact that I washed these pieces in my dishwasher to clean them off, and sanded them to remove loose paint/scuff up the surface. Anyone know what I’m doing wrong? Maybe I didn’t clean the surface enough after sanding? It seems the paint i...
Well – it’s been six months or so since I’ve been able to work in the shop. So I thought I would start with a project that I am very familiar with and knew I’d could do and be successful. Alas——another set of Adirondack chairs. I need a new set anyway. So I’m getting all my stuff together and remembering that the last time I made the chairs I had some trouble with my tape not always holding all the way through a pattern cut. You know how it works, ...
Hi there fellow lumber jocks This week has been an interesting one for me I spent all week moving my shop around to accommodate two new tools a 1960’s craftsman radial arm saw and a 1977 Delta/Rockwell jointer:) All I can say is well thought out tool placement will keep you safe from falling into the same trap I did after a well thought out plan or so I thought, after doing two Adirondack chairs and a footrest I found out my plan wasn’t going to work to well :( My advice to ...
Thanks to some advice on the forums as well as some great reviews and piles of other useful stuff about a variety of table saws, I decided on the Ridgid R4511. Of course, it helped that there was a sale this weekend…perfect timing. Given I’m not unnaturally gorilla-like, I opted to have HD deliver the 450lb package. The saw arrived today…what a marvel of packaging this thing is…whoever figured out how to package this saw up should make puzzles too…the bo...
Hello All, I had quite a day. One which yielded a blog piece, of which I am quite proud. There are some that I like better than others, and though this one only takes peek at my woodworking journey, it was a delight to write. If you are on who enjoyed some of my more ‘creative writing’ pieces, then I would say this one is more like those. If you like to read about my foibles in woodworking, there isn’t much of that in today’s rambling. Mostly I just went out in...
Hello to all you lumber jocks. I am in the need of oak or maple 4×4’s or 4×6’s to build a base for my new work bench. I’m trying to stay away from doing a glue up. I can joint 8” lumber, and plain up to 20” wide and 10” thick. Was looking for some real true and straight lumber. Maybe some crate material. I’m in Northeast Nevada. The lumber store in Eagle, Idaho has no 16/4 or 12/4 lumber. I’ve contacted a couple places in Idaho, and ha...
Hello, I am Tim from PA. I would not call myself an experienced woodworker by any means. I hope that my participation here is not taken in any negative way with regards to your craft. Due to this past winter’s snow storms, I have been presented a situation and I really don’t know where to turn. Through some searches, I arrived at this forum in hopes of receiving advice. On the property that I have been on for not even a year yet, there are several work sheds (or barns as we ...
Well, today I decided to make a bat rack for my room. My dad and I had some cherry left over from when we did the bookshelves in his study and I decided it was time to put it to good use. The part for the bat to slide into is 1” wide and there are 4” between each hole for lack of a better word. The distance between the last hole and the end is aproximately 3 1/2”. The piece that connects the bottom to the top was a 8 1/4” square, you can cut it into whatever shape you ...
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