They say that you can never have too many clamps, in my case I have a distinct shortage, so decided to do something about it this week. I only have one clamp of any length, and that is a pipe clamp I made some time ago, I decided to make some wooden bar clamps, but storage is at a premium, so some of the sturdier, heavier clamps were out before I started. I reviewed a number of YouTube videos on the subject, and ended up taking ideas from two or three of them. One alteration from the...
I know I missed last week. Too much weather and not enough time. But here I am back again, the week turned out to be pretty good even with all the bad weather. Wound up having an extra day off and wife and daughter were away this weekend so in between dealing with the weather I was able to spend a lot of time in the shop and I got a lot done just didn’t finish much.. sounds strange right well here is what I mean. I got 32 pen blanks cut, drilled and tubes glued into them.. The...
Completed my first project. A simple paper towel holder. Considering that I have no idea what I’m doing with the tools, it turned out well. Not sure on the wood, but I think it could be ash. I started with a blank similar to a bowl blank for the base. Attached it to face plate and used a carbide tipped rougher to get it round and smooth. I thought it could be smoother, but couldn’t get it there. So used sand paper to smooth and shape it a small amount.For the rod I cut a pi...
This year the project for our park model was a new deck. This grouping of photos show how I built it- but not the conventional way. I designed it to have drawers below for storage and wanted the railing on the outside of the deck the carpet could be easily changed in the future. Here is what we started with: I used my laser mount (http://lumberjocks.com/projects/109042) to set the level line to start: And then I built small rectangles with 2×4”s and connected top and bott...
I recently purchased a used Jet six inch cabinet jointer. The last time I used a jointer was decades ago in high school shop class. I don’t know if I have just forgotten, or if I was never taught the proper operation of the jointer. What I do remember, is coming out of high school thinking it was exclusively used for flattening the edge of a board, not also the face. Through investigation, and experimentation, I have come to some ideas on how the jointer is to be set up and used. The...
So I decided to join this site after reading through some articles & projects. The people on here appear to be down to earth & not pretentious. I hope to learn & continue to be inspired by all of you.
22 Feb. 2015 Well, the weather changed here. Went from a high of 70 to 81 this past week. I almost broke out in a sweat…..The desert flowers are just opening. The shop cats are very interested in the few little lizards sunning by the shop door. So enough on the weather. This past week seemed like forever. I decided to do some more inlays on the chairs. We went to the gem and mineral show. My first time after 40 years. It was interesting to say the least. I also did the ...
Cutter and ReamerCutter body from a piece of firewood Hi ho there, I will warn you this is going to be a blog as I go project, mistakes will be made, thoughts will be shared and questions will be asked.Hopefully I will end up with a cutter to fit my reamer, perhaps I might even improve my reamer…Hmmmm better just start. These are from the sketch book. This time with a piece of firewood from my friend Michaels old fire wood pile, where I took a few pieces years back.First part ...
Create your own key rack so you never lose those keys again. If you don’t have a forge to heat up your metal hooks, you can use a propane torch.
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