My true passion is to be a blacksmith, so today I did a little bit of that to build my big wheel axle. I mounted it to the wheel I turned and set the treadle bar with extended hinges I set the treadle with 3-5/16” dowels and positioned it correctly to the footman Finally…..the big wheel is turning!! https://www.facebook.com/128480437202935/videos/1229799870404314/ Thanks for looking !!
It’s been a quite a long haul getting all the bugs worked out but the first CNC cut chevy was delivered yesterday and the next three are ready to go. The plan here was to give my students an affordable choice to custom made hardwood “fine furniture” or alternatively an easier home build. I am pleased with the results and I am sure that this will lead to more people experiencing this tool and the fine work that it can do. I have built in arm height adjustment over a range of ...
Hand chisels were used to fit the 24” by 36” mirror into the rabbets I cut into the back of the frame. Fits… I decided to add 1/4” Baltic Birch plywood panel to the frame’s back in order to strengthen the frame. The mirror I bought was 1/4” thick and a bit heavy. I doubt the frame itself would have been strong enough to hold mirror. With the plywood panel screwed into the frame along with a cardboard backing between the panel and the mirror...
Last night I used a jigsaw to fabricate the pieces that make up the top wheel cover and supports based on the full sized templates. I attached the tensioner to the back piece and then attached it to the support column with screws/bolts using two horizontal supports. I made a slight modification to this piece by adding a spring; this should take some of the tension off the structure itself when the blade is tightened. I also installed the previously built drive shaft assembly ...
If you follow my many exploits with recycled timber you may have seen the Smiths Potato crates I repair and in the process make a variety of items rescued from the rubbish pile. Well I was approached to make something else this time.The Fork lift driver who delivered the Potato Crates for me to repair, Ben Clark passed away at age 45. He had been with Smiths for 20 Years and his mates wanted to make a memorial for him using some of the timber from one of the potato crates. This was m...
The past couple years ive developed a passion for woodworking. its my time where i can get so focused on my projects and completely block out anything the world is throwing at me at any given time. I guess you can say the craft itself is basically my therapist, only if i were to substitute a real therapist id probably save about 10x the money that i do on tools, but they are beginning to get to the point where they are starting to pay themselves off. In my opinion where the true passion for ...
During the Winter of 2000, I worked at a cabinet shop while in college. My introduction to pocket hole joinery was using a Porter Cable Pocket Cutter. Since then, I have been spoiled and have hated using Kreg jigs due to the tear out on the hole and the angled pilot hole that makes it hard to keep the surface flush . So I decided to build my own pocket hole cutter based on what I remember of the Porter Cable version I used 15+ years ago. Here is a link to the video https://www.youtube.com/...
“Turned” the lights back on tonight after a few days off visiting the family I’m Minnesota. Tonight I worked on the treadle, the treadle bar, and the footman. They are roughed out and ready for the wheel spindle. Hoping to get the wheel spinning this week. The footman is the vertical piece that will attach to the treadle Here you can see the Footman, Treadle, and Treadle bar roughed out. A view from the other side. It sure is fun but challenging!! T...
Well, I was going to clear a path to my mitresaw bench, but. I’d have to move a lot of “stuff” out of the way, just to use that mitre saw clear back by the wall, just for these three cuts? Well, THAT ain’t going to happen, so how about I clear off the bench’s top, and add a smaller mitre saw there? One, I unfold the GEM, add four screws to attach it to the bench’s top. That saw was way too big. And, must have been a thicker saw used at some po...
If you already have a pet, you sure by now have provided all the essentials of keeping your furbaby healthy and happy. Just like any other family member, your pet needs food and water bowls, a comfy bed and a relieving area but you know as those furballs gradually take over your heart and home, there will also be the scratch posts, play areas, and hangout places. You might be gawking at elaborate designs of pet-friendly homes where cats have their own passages to get around the house and dogs...
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