Four friends and I drove down from Minneapolis to Cedar Rapids for the 2015 Handworks Event. I was quite pleasantly surprised by how good it was. We were only there on Friday, but it went on for the whole weekend. Wow, where to start! Lots of vendors, Lots and Lots and Lots of tools, and many well known names in the woodworking community; Chris Schwarz, Roy Underhill, Ron Hock, and many more that you would recognize. Here is a really blurry picture of me with Mike Siemsen. Chris S...
About fifteen years ago I purchased a Delta Contractor’s Table Saw and after sweeping up mountains of sawdust I decided that it was time to do this a little smarter. I bought a table saw dust bag which I can honestly say has served me well in the past but now that I have retired from the Air Force and don’t have to worry about moving weight anymore I’ve decided to add to my collection. The new additions have included a 1958 Shopsmith and my most recent purchase, a Jet dust...
Yesterday (Friday) I spent the whole day cutting and building the base cabinets, this morning I started out early getting an early start on the lighting, before sunup to attack the lights and get them completed as summer heat is upon us and I still needed attic work to do and wanted to get it out of the way while it was still cool. I installed three more light boxes, the kind that clamp to the sheet rock and ran new wiring I than started back on the base cabinets, the top will receive a si...
This is Part one of a two part series that I am doing on how to create a cabinet size report from the cut list that ecabinets generates in excel.In this video I will show you how you can automatically extract the cabinet sizes from the cabinet name in eCabinets cut list.Here is the link to check it out. https://youtu.be/25JB1Xa0RRY
Five years ago I published “Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp” in enhanced PDF format with embedded video. Today I released an updated, revised edition with new images, new videos, and new chapters. The text reflects changes in the SketchUp program and improvements to the way I make models. If you’ve been meaning to learn how to design, plan and trouble-shoot your projects with 3D modeling, this book will get you up and running. Check it out and see a video previe...
Timber4fun here on LumberJocks has built a beautiful Arts & Crafts era lamp that I just fell in love with.So not to copy but try something a little different I will use his style but put a computer in it.http://lumberjocks.com/projects/93681 I scrounged 6 oak drawer fronts 6”x14”and this will be the main building blocks for this build.Just to wet your apatite here’s where I’m at right now with one of Timber4funs pictures that I went by. I had been thinking ab...
New lathe, all set up and ready to go and I realize I dont have any blanks glued up to turn bowls … CRAP ! Looking around the shop to see what I can try out I spy a branch of walnut someone gave me last year. It’s been in his shop for a coupe years and is good to go. I still have some of that 5/8” aluminum bar stock that I used to make carbide tools with, so why not make another and this can be a handle? So I cut off about 11” and put it between the centers. ...It was...
French Cleat At my workbench I have always had a peg board which is somewhat difficult to hang some items. Again researching the internet I came across the French Cleat System. Using the 45 degree basics and customizing the hanger for each tool, it has by far better options for tool placement. I’m still early in it but have been able to assemble a cleat for items as they become apparent. The next items are small boxes for screws and such made from 1/4” material (ply or ha...
I live in a townhouse with limited space, my workshop is shared with a laundry and separated only by a wall from a rec room (man cave). Past winter I bought a 13” bench drill press which sat for a spell on my workbench. This is not going to work and previously I had bought an air compressor, so I needed something to hold both items. After a lot of computer searches, April Wilkerson had built what I needed. A box on wheels with a drawer able to house the compressor and have the d...
After many long nights this week and a 16 hour work day yesterday, I still was not fully ready for concrete today. I needed a little more backfill than previously thought (about 140 tons total) and struggled to get it all in and packed down. Plumbed in two floor drains and two water lines with a slop sink drain, vapor barrier down, mesh rebar and 1/2 rebar every 6foot making a grid (all last night at 10:30 pm). This morning at 6am I tied all the rebar together and started to form the driveway...
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