The road is littered with great woodworkers who crashed and burned. It is also littered with part time craftsmen who relegated themselves to weekend woodworker status because they tried to sell their works of art, to no avail, and decided there was no market. Of course, my favorite is the weak excuse that they can’t compete with “Rooms to Go” or Wal-Mart. I suspect that in most of these situations, they just could not figure out how to find the right customers. In this business, 90% of the...
I guess seven years as a full time woodworker qualifies me to have an intelligent opinion on the subject. Some of the blogs I’ve written, along with the occasional forum comment, have generated quite a few private emails from members asking specific questions about starting a business or looking for ideas to market their projects. I can certainly feel for all those searching for these answers because seven years ago I was in the same situation. I was clueless. I wanted to do this, but I c...
And so we have another version of why I refer to myself as woodbutchery. So, I’m finishing up the bottom of a 6 panel box and I’m reminded that I need to repair the bottom portion of the attic stair. The wood has split on the bottom third of the sides, and it makes the two sections very loose. So, looking at the ladder and saying to myself, “How hard can it be?”, I start designing on the fly. Those of you who are trying to wave me off, flag me down, or signal...
I spent time over the Christmas Vacation doing some upgrades and maintenance to my shop, while also doing actual woodworking projects like the mantle. Probably the biggest project was a complete tear-down, cleaning, and lubrication of my Powermatic 66. I posted about that here. After doing that I added the Wixey Digital Gauge and Leecraft Zero Clearance Insert. It was interesting fitting the insert with the Biesemeyer splitter because I wanted to remove as little of the insert as possibl...
For a long time the quality of tools at Sears has been going down, and many woodworkers have lamented that downturn. The introduction of the “Companion” line of tools (poorly made, and without the Craftsman guarantee) doesn’t help. However, Sears seems to be working to improve the reputation of the Craftsman line. The introduction of the Craftsman 22124 Table Saw reviewed well here and the positive review of the Craftsman 21759 planer in the FWW Tools and Shops winter ...
If you put too much soap in your front loading washer, and a mountain of suds overflows onto the floor when you open it, a shop vac cleans it up in a trice. (If there is sawdust in your shop vac, I recommend quickly dumping it prior to such a use unless you actually intend to create a concrete like substance in your shop vac.) Don’t ask me how I know this.
Refers to project posted here. I’ve been designing this for almost eight months now. I planned to complete it before I got deployed in June but I got busy with other things and wasn’t able to really start on it before I left. This allowed me to spend a lot more time thinking about the design and refining it while I was in Iraq. I’m currently home for a short leave so I decided the design is locked in and I’m trying to crank this out in about four days. My niece i...
I went to the woodworks show in MA yesterday and made the previous blog entry because I wanted you guys to be able to see the pics. Took a long time processing them first and uploading them to flickr. It was difficult to get the preview here on Lumberjocks to show what was posted even when the url’s were all there. In fact, it was so difficult that I may not do it again. To me, It really appeared that the picture posting to this blog was not working properly and it was very frustrating.
I just posted this information on HokieMojo’s blog I hope this helps someone planing a dust collection system or air piping. Plumbing 101 ( I used S&D piping on my dust collection system.) Below are different types of pipe and their general uses. Schedule 80 PVC is gray and is mainly used for commercial applications. Also very expensive. #1- Schedule 40 PVC can be used for pressure or drainage applications and has a wall thickness of about a 1/4 inch. The pipe is whi...
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