So. If he’s a non-blogger, why is he writing a blog? I’ll admit it. I could have put up in the title “Notes from an inconsistent blogger”, but if I’m going to do this, I’m wanting someone to read it, and so far you applied, so here we go. Next time I’ll go with something that’s closer to the truth and, probably, more boring. A while back I wrote about having re-discovered the fun in the hobby, and even posted my grandson’s toy che...
sooo my birthday isn’t actually until April…the 2nd to be exact (yes I’m one of those people who thinks age is only a number – since most days I feel older than I am already ;), but Mr. D (aka Don or Mr. Timetestedtools) was kind enough to have a block plane on hand that I have been keeping my eyes open for for a while. I’m still a major newb when it comes to planes – the only other plane I own is a WoodRiver #4 and I’m still trying to cover the basic...
Today’s post will be a short one. I was really thrilled that so many people commented on yesterday’s blog where I posted the “test” kitties using beautiful paper that I printed myself and DecoArt's Decoupage Medium. I had lots of questions regarding techniques and supplies and I pretty much spent the day answering questions and working on a new pattern using this method. Although this can be applied to just about anything you wish, I think that many of you lik...
Many of you may have already heard about Steve Good’s blog. For several years now, Steve puts out a blog nearly every day to promote scroll sawing. In fact, it is because of Steve that I began my own blog on the Lumberjocks.com site and now have nearly 1300 entries. He has become a friend and a mentor of mine, and he was the one who introduced me to Lumberjocks.com. Steve’s blog and website is great. Not only does it have the blog, but it also has a wonderful and active foru...
I did some additions to my compressed air system, by adding a Central Pneumatic Desiccant Dryer / Oil Removal filter, and coupler bracket. I also chased down the last few leaks, and replaced a defective replacement regulator on my HF 8 gallon compressor. Not sure if you remember, but I managed to cause at MY fault on the original regulators fault, the destruction of the OEM regulator on my small compressor a few years ago. If I recall correctly I dropped something on the compressor like th...
In the new house we have a whole basement room for a workshop! And we have two workbenches (one came with the house in an attic, one I scored at a second-hand shop)! But the difficulty is, we can’t put the workbenches in the workshop because of an enormous MDF table in the middle of the room. The table would be useful to put machines on. But we don’t have machines. And it doesn’t have vices or anything to clamp with. So—tonight we began to demolish this table. ...
Ok, spent a bit of time getting the case put together. Things just seem to roost on my benchtop. Setting the panels upside down on an almost flat benchtop. Clamp an end panel to the front/back panel. The longer panels have a series of counter-bored screw holes, about seven per corner. Clamp a corner together, add a few screws, move the clamp a bit to uncover the one or two that are hiding under them. Work my way around, by adding the other end panel, rotate the three piece set aro...
After spending one hour flatening the stones in school i hade to spend an hour flatening and sharpening the blades of my two blockplanes. Than an extra hour of flatening the soles, reconditioning and correcting the angle for shooting.This all due to the flooding of the shop. Flat stone? Oh yes!
Turns out there is an awesome feature for authors on Amazon, called Author Pages. Mine is below and these blogs also come through there – would really appreciate any feedback on the ebook! first comment below to include your email I’ll gift you a copy of the Kindle edition as long as you add a review on Amazon! amazon.com/author/peteralkema
With the holidays quickly approaching, I can see all of my creative friends kicking things into high gear. Many people are not only doing items for craft shows, but also for thie own holiday gift giving. I find that more people are looking to make gifts rather then buy them from the store. This is great news for designers and crafters alike, as not only does it keep us busy, but it helps perpetuate our hobbies and small businesses as well. Yesterday I didn't get as much as I would ha...
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