With a 50lb motor, I needed a way to mount it securely, and also have a way to adjust the belt tension. I came up with the motor mounted to a block, that would key into another securely mounted block. Two carriage bolts hold the motor in place, and the keyed slot keeps the motor parallel to the ground. I started by gluing up two blocks of baltic birch, to get 1-1/2” thick. I did a lot of measuring to make sure the pulleys would line up, as my CAD model was off a little (5/16”...
I recently bought Harbor Freight’s $20 dial calipers. I wanted some mechanical calipers that I could kick around the shop without having to worry about batteries or dust. These turned out to be much better than I expected. Here’s my review.
So the in-laws approached me about converting my wife’s old bedroom into a retreat for her dad. They wanted to do cheap yellow pine paneling on the walls and ceiling, and maybe a simple bookshelf or two. The purpose of the renovation was to try and capture the essence of a Colorado log cabin, which is a place where he has always felt comfortable. The room was carpeted, with hardwood underneath, and the walls were a blue-green color, with a unicorn wallpaper band around the top few in...
Winter is not the best time to be repairing a shipwrecked sailboat in the Pacific Northwest but my sailing buddy and fellow boatbuilder Michael has been plugging away whenever the weather and his other commitments would allow.When I last checked in we had got the big hull damage closed up and there were just a few small holes left. September October January I am pleased to report that she is now all sealed up and pretty much ready for paint both inside and out. The paint, ...
As with most of my projects, this is going to take much longer than I thought.I started the base by cutting the front and back panels on my CNC router. They’re not square, and they had odd shaped cutouts, so this was the best method. I even drilled holes to accept t-nuts to mount the blade guard. The side panels were cut on the table saw, and then I used the CNC for the cutout for the dust hose.I wanted a chamfer on the outside corners, which didn’t leave much room to screw...
So the wife wanted a date, and since we are at a somewhat remote location, that involved a 180 mile drive to drop the kids off at her parent’s house (we don’t have a good sitter lined up any closer). I wasn’t too excited about the prospect of putting 400 miles in on a Saturday after being sick with the flu all week, but we were promised a minimum of three kid free hours, which was the most time we’ve had since our youngest was born almost a year ago. We decided to g...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0mA4RMA7-c Hi guys. Check out what I have been up to lately. Great fun!!!
So It is a good thing this will be the last week of my remodel.I currently have orders for; A music stand, 6 dining room chairs, a bench and chair for the library, 31 snake canes, mountain top cane heads, walnut sofa legs for an upholsterer in Portland and I need to finish up the candle stick holders, not to mention anything I want to build for a gallery. WOW! So today I put the door trim on; I need to do some paint touch-ups on the door frame, I got a little wild with my bac...
One of my coworkers wanted a fishing rod holder, so I designed and built one for him. I built the entire thing out of pallet wood. It made the project take much longer than it should have, but the wood was free. I also incorporated dovetails for the front of the drawer. They didn’t come out perfect, but I am happy with them since it was my very first attempt at making the joint. Let me know what you guys think. Here is the video of me making it: View on YouTube
Paint boxfor my daughters artist area This Christmas I gave my daughter a easel, she had a specific wish and so I decided that where I could bring her some of me, was in making her a box for all the paint gear. She is quite dedicated, spend many hours in her room painting with a deep focus and in a meditative state of mind.Nothing less than wonderful. I have made her a jewel box at a ealier time and as some of you know I have a soft spot for the Japanese crafts, so I went in that di...
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