OK, time to put some lipstick on the pig. She may not be much but we can still tart her up a little. But before we get into applying some color and finish however there is one thing that I said I would clear up later. It involves cleaning up the jig saw lines where the wagon vice hole was cut on the top. Because it was cut from the bottom we can’t be sure the top will be pretty. I suggested cutting a little inside the line and we’d clean it up later. This is the same jig we used f...
Here is a small write up and brief description of how I do my double bevel sea shells. A note before I start:This is how I do it. In no way shape or form am I saying this is the way to do it. There are tons, and tons of ways to do this stuff, I did my own trial and error and I found a way that works for me. First, I start with a pattern, and I also found that using the pattern on some clear paper comes in handy as well. Then I gather all the pieces that I am going to be using. Her...
This is my first new lathe, it is a “Central Machinery 12”x36 wood lathe sold by harbor Freight. Having very little lathe turning experience I have nothing to compare this lathe with. So far, I have not experienced any of the problems some of the reviewers who have bought this lathe from Harbor Freight have posted on the website. Two of the reasons I bought this particular lathe was that the overall reviews were positive, four stars out of five, and its price, $218.00 on sale, ...
At long last, I was cleared (sort of) for duty back in the shop. This back injury has been a doozy and has brought my woodworking almost to a standstill—-and at the worst time too. With daytime highs now in the low to mid 30s, my unheated shop is all but closed up for the winter. Undeterred, I am powering through the rough spots. I picked up where leaving off oh, a month or two ago, and cut out the pieces for the hinge. I think this picture is pretty self explanatory: ...
Let’s see, I had a couple scraps of Black Walnut sitting around the shop. Also had what was left from a Black Cherry floor joist ( From an old barn tear down) Both were being abused by every new-to-me handplane that came into the shop. Decided to try and make SOMETHING out of them, before they wound up as just a pile of shavings. Edges were planed square and ready for glue-ups. Didn’t have a way to make slimmer pieces, so I just used the scraps as is. Got a slab out o...
Phase one ended with the 4 upright post positioned for the pergola. And while the first 3 phases came together within a months’ time; phase 4 had a full years delay. I bought the cypress boards shortly after we were done with phase 3, but somehow I never got around to getting the work done. So one year later… I was glad to see the post stayed upright and except for a little twisting were good to go. It’s tough to store 2×10x12 cypress, so for 9 months they just laid on saw horse ou...
Now time for Phase 3 – to fill the beds with dirt so Pam can begin to integrate her plants. As you can see, Pam has lots to choose from. However, a softball injury knocked me out of commission for weeks. Thank God for good neighbors! Walt offered to pick up a truck load of compost and fill the bed for Pam. A few days later, on Pam’s day off, she and her friend Charlene began sorting and planting. The timing for this project worked out great as it is now ready fo...
So I was just reviewing my little world here at Lumber Jocks only to see that I’ve not added the next phases of this blog. I actually found the write up I created two years ago still on my computer for this phase and phase 3 – tough getting old. The things we forget. Phase 2 of the Patio was to bring in blocks to form the floor, Pam chose 16X16 patio blocks. This was by far the most aggravating phase of the project. I talked to people, read up a little and watched some videos on ...
I often hear from people how much they wish they could be like me every day and just scroll saw or paint all day, every day. While I know that I feel very fortunate to be doing what I am doing, that isn’t always the case. Those of you who have been following me for any length of time realize that the actual scroll sawing or painting is only a small part of the process of owning your own business, and that those times are sometimes few and far between. I am not complaining though, a...
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