One of the big differences between machinery made in the old American factories and the new factories of China, is weight. Weight is important to keep vibration down and stability and accuracy high. Reducing weight is one way of keeping costs down; less material cost, less shipping costs. Some manufacturers have tried to replace weight with engineered solutions, like stronger, but lighter materials; replacing metal with plastics. It’s much the same with the automotive industry. Light we...
A little while ago I decided to contact Lowe’s Customer Care about the damaged spring underneath the quick-release lever cap. If you didn’t see my previous blog entry about this, here is what it looked like when I first disassembled it shortly after purchase: I explained what I found and asked that they either replace the plane with a new one or just ship out to me a new level cap. The representative said a senior manager from the store I bought the plane from would call me...
Here is a video of how I made the Diamond Edition holdfast. Still some things to work out, but looks good enough to make an actual one to sell.
It seemed like as good a time as any. We have been so busy lately that it is sometimes difficult to pick a good time for us to take a day off. But as I finished my post yesterday and the sun came up, I could see that it was promising to be a nice day and I took advantage of the moment. I jumped in the shower and awoke Keith and asked him if he wanted to take a 'spontaneous day trip' with me. He had mentioned more than once about taking a drive through the countryside to see the beauti...
It always seems like problems arise when I am in the middle of a big project. On thursday I had to cut up some plywood for a customer’s project when my old craftsman circular saw was not complying. It would not cut a straight line despite me using an arrow straight piece of steel as a fence and it was bogging down a lot. At closer inspection a chunk of plastic fell from the motor housing and the saw blade was wobbling when i pulled the trigger. It was a goner so after the blade ruin...
After a rather busy work week, I was confident that the paint on the dresser drawer fronts were fully cured. So tonight, I got to work attaching the drawer fronts to the dresser. The fronts were attached to the drawers with 3/4” Spax screws. When I got to re-attaching the drawer pulls, I found out that I was screwed. Well to be exact, the screws weren’t long enough. somewhere between 1/2” to 3/4” too short that is. Guess it’s off to the store tomorrow to bu...
Put on two coats of Deft semigloss, then made drawer pulls and door handles from recycled ebony piano keys, added an interior baltic birch panel and the most important thing, I got it mounted on the wall. The moulded edge was masked off and two coats of stain applied prior to gluing the door frame, now that the surrounding parts are finished, the color difference is hardly noticeable, my experiment worked kinda, oh well…Still have a load of decisions to make to figure out which t...
Mary May's on line wood carving lessons ***AND turning blanks for carving a Philly Highboy rosette #2: Moving beyond the first 13 online lessons..
Didn’t think when I signed up for online carving lessons that there would be any interaction with the teacher. I was wrong. You get to ask questions, make comments and post your completed lessons for feedback. If you check out Mary May’s online carving lessons you will see that in and amongst the 50+ video lessons, there are the first 13 lessons. The basics. These take you through different kinds of gouges and chisels, sharpening those gouges and chisels. Sharpening a V Ch...
I’m a bit behind on posting, but here is a Rapier block I tuned up. Thanks Poopiekat. It’s a much better built plane than I expected. The blog is here with more photo's.
All of my measuring and squaring tools were spread out throughout the shop. I wanted them all in one place, so I made this. Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IOwoCwpg54
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