Well, I’m back from another trip to So. California. I had a nice dinner with fellow Lumberjock Joe Lyddon and I think we both had a good time. While there, of course I had to visit some of my old wood suppliers. Also included was Austin Hardwoods mentioned by Allison. It was pretty good but a little on the expensive side. $50 a bf for Koa and $85 for Gabon Ebony? They did have a nice selection though. They had one piece quarter sawn Douglas Fir with grain so tight I couldn̵...
Last thursday I stopped by the local Sawmill. I wasn’t looking for anything, just a social visit. I think that he’s running into finincial problems. The reason I say that is the lack of logs in the lot and the lack of piles of sawn wood in the yard. He is not usually at the mill in the recent times I’ve visited. But, he was there this day. He shut down the mill and came over to talk. We chatted for a few minutes and then he asked if I wanted to buy that pile of maple over...
This is a dovetail jig I’m working on from some plans of an old Shop Notes Magazine. The original plans called for Cherry but I used White Oak. I also extended the original jig an extra foot so it would be able to cut bigger pieces. It’s still only 75% done, I still have to make the template fingers, but I’m waiting on my new locking router plate and bushings before I cut the clearances and angles of the fingers.
I have not been posting any projects in a while, so I thought I would start 2009 with a greenhouse. I’m sure I can cross post to GT and HR . . . however I will do it here first. We had looked at purchasing one, however the good ones are really expensive and the cheaper ones (while not much cheaper) have quality issues. We already had several raised garden beds from last year as a base so we decided on building a poly sheathed greenhouse to cover the raised beds. The two in the picture...
The last step in the process is to install the magnets. If you’ve followed this blog you may recall how I messed this up in the first Weather Station. Here’s a link to that particular mistake and my solution. http://lumberjocks.com/newTim/blog/7909. Of coarse the best solution is to get it right the first time. So here goes. I started by glueing in two magnets using CA glue. This time around I splurged on a 10MM drill bit to match the 10mmx5mm magnets. It seems it is muc...
Well after some time away from my shop because of the cold weather I did get back to this cabinet. I finished carving the sides to the best of my limited carving ability.While I was doing that I put the door panel and the case back in the veneer press, then I put the case together, and then finished the door after it was out of the press. I had to figure out how I wanted to fit the tools I have in the cabinet so I laid them out on some brown paper to give me some idea of were I was going. Any...
I recently went digging through my late Grandfather’s garage and found a practically new Craftsman 1 1/2hp router with the box, but no instructions. I decided to buy a small router table at a local box store knowing it wasn’t anything great but just something to try my hand at for the time being. I finally got around to using it today. I’m finally finishing the cabinet doors I’ve been putting off for months, and decided to route the dadoes using the table. For some rea...
Well, next up on the new “to-do” list is going to be getting my cantankerous dust collector settled in to a new spot. The trash can with the separator is sitting on a platform (recycled out of an old boat step I made) and actually fits quite nicely. I’ve bungy-corded the whole thing together for now, but I don’t like how the inlet side works. My vision for this is to actually have a 90 degree out of the compressor that goes directly up through the middle of th...
I’m in the midst of migrating my hosting, and so in the next day or so, some of my inline offsite hosted photo links in blog posts may not work 100% of the time. Just be patient, and I’ll get back on my feet as soon as I can!
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