It is snowing outside this morning. Rather hard, actually. I ventured out to bring the garbage to the end of the road, as we have had to have the bags sitting on our little deck these past two weeks. This isn't because we are lazy. There is simply no other place to put it. When our driveway was cleared last week from the big storm, the tractor dumped about 8 feet of snow onto our trash bin across the road. We probably won't see it for several weeks.As walked the trash out to the ...
I’m pretty sure I first found Alex while looking for shop made clamp videos. In those days he was still a youngster working in a very small side shed along his parents’ house. Despite his then humble surroundings he managed to put out project videos. He also built a Matthias Wandel style band saw at this time. Alex later moved his shop to a one stall garage. I’m unsure if it’s his parents’ garage (likely) or someone else’s. He is currently attending u...
I was tasked by my boss to modify a part for the machines that I work on. A 6’ long and half inch square piece of plastic that is a guide rail. I had to rip it on the table saw and ream out the screw holes. I made them order me a special plastic cutting blade that arrived on Monday. Last week in anticipation for continuing my bench build, I had ordered a new ripping blade so consequently I was on hold until both blades arrived. The plastic one came first so I got that little job out of ...
Starting from complete scratch sounds like a daunting task as it will be full of mistakes. After much research, I decided on the Ridgid r4512 table saw to be my first. The first mistake I made was hurting my lower back getting this 268 pound monster in my VW hatchback. Once I got home, the question remained in my mind, “how am I going to get it out by myself?” Cut it out, thats what I did. After about an hour, it was out and my back was sore, but I was determined. The ta...
Hello all! This is my first post to LumberJocks, and I’m looking forward to sharing my journey into the world of woodworking with you all, as well as learning everything I can from the old (sorry, EXPERIENCED!) hands out there. I’m an Information Technology consultant by profession, but I’ve also been a rough carpenter/handyman for a few years now on the side. I’ve done a few finer things in that time—I’m particularly proud of a set of built-ins ...
One of my favorite browsing places is the Eastbrook Flea market and Antique Mall. A couple of weeks ago we were perusing the basement. there is an interesting tool vendor that often has some great old things. I found this plane. I have a smooth plane, and have seen others, but this was interesting – and complete. So here is a picture: I proceeded to disassemble it to see the condition and figure out what to do next. Here is the before slide show at Photobucket:http://s1192.photo...
I just bought a Wilton universal pattern makers vise. It is missing the handle, is there any one out there that has one for sale, I need the tee and sliding pipe, call Brad at 216-372-8371
Blogged on a range of topics here on LJs, but not touched on this one ever before: Shop Wood.I’ve got it, let me tell ya. Scraps of wood of all types, from any number of home renovations / tear downs / scavenger hunts over the past 30 years, have invaded my shop and have become quite the problem. And the first step to dealing with problems is admitting them, right? As I was piddling around in the shop last night, I came to realize having the material was not in itself a bad thing… It’s not...
The “trailer” is almost ready. Below you see the results. Only the rims still need to be made: Those who follow this blog have already seen that I make two trucks simultaneously. So I made two tubes for the trailer. First sanded the deck to a thickness of 2,4 mm:Sanded 3 bars:Glued the first bar to the deck After drying I placed the second bar. in order to determine the position I first put the drawbar in it. This drawbar must be able to slide. Third and last bar: P...
Glued up layers of maple and cedar. Figured the red/white would make a nice contrast in the colors. ....Had in my mind to turn a vase, wide at the top and narrow at the bottom. But the more I turned, fighting my way thru some pretty nasty catches with the tool, it soon became clear that this was NOT gonna be a vase. ...Because of a few cracks in the maple that I didn’t see when gluing up the blanks, I had to take a lot from the lower-middle section, so it started looking more like a b...
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