Well to start this off, I should say the driving force behind getting the garage shop in order is that we ran out of storage in the house. We have a baby coming any day now, and there was just no room to put his stuff, ‘cause our stuff took all the space. Like most other people in my situation do, we turned to the garage to store stuff, this causes a dilemma, its my “man cave” my get away, I have hopes and dreams for this dismal cold and hard place… Well we compro...
So I have went to the lumber yard and picked up a couple of shorts. Now I have decided that I have a couple things I want to make. I am going to make 2 laptop lap trays and a box for myself. I have had my shop for a year, three days ago. That is when we bought our house and I “claimed” the garage. :-) . Those with wives know what I mean, although my wife is extremely supportive in my pursuit of a functioning shop. So today I am going up to the local library with my younge...
This is really just for me to practice putting a video together. I just got my new camera in the mail and was really wanting to try it out so, I just shot a couple of clips of what I have been working on lately. I am planning on putting some how-to videos together on framing for my new website. It would be a big help if you guys could give me some feed back on what you think I could do better. Also, sorry about the radio I will be sure to cut it off when I make the next one.Thanks,Clayhttp://...
So a man from my boy scout troop is moving to California for a job offer and he had a woodshop. Well he was in the middle of building a snake tank and asked me to finish it for him. I asked him in a nice way what can I expect as a payment. He then tells me I will surprise you in a week. Well that was last sunday. So when I brought the tank down to be delivered, he said follow me and what a nice surprise. He was like this is all yours. The list includes the following:158bdft 4/4 cherrya 14&...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #462: Premature Celebration (or "Don't Bank on It")
Well, folks. I spoke too soon. I started doing the end zone dance before I crossed the line and wound up fumbling the ball. I suppose we have all been guilty of that from time to time. Perhaps we are just so hopeful that things work out that we convince ourselves that they are before we actually have the proof in front of us. Then we realize that we aren’t on the solid ground we appeared to be and reality hits and we feel kind of foolish for assuming that things were OK in the firs...
just figured id pass on my stroke of desperate luck. i built a saw bench loosely based on christopher schwartz 5 dollar saw bench out of some leftovers of a fence project. the base is 4×4 treated posts at a 10 degree angle and 2×4 stretchers secured by half lap joints glue and nails. the top is an 8 foot 2×12 i found that was in bad shape. there was a crack through the length that i glued and crudely clamped with rope. the top is unsecured and until last night i started th...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #493: My Little 'All Season Tree' Dressed Up For Halloween
I got almost caught up with things yesterday. although for most of the day I worked on my ‘secret project’ that I can’t really talk about here on the blog. I don’t mean to be rude by mentioning it, but it really filled the better part of my day and I didn’t want you all to think I was slacking. :) In the evening, I decided to do some organization on the computer. I noticed that my Wacom tablet was having some problems that seemed to be related to the new key...
Before I begin let me clarify that calling this a “refurbish” is a bit of a stretch. I disassembled, removed some rust, sealed to prevent rust, reassembled, and then tuned the saw. Also, I am no expert and am figuring this out as I go. If you see me doing something poorly and have suggestions, please do help me and your fellow jocks by posting your comments. I recently purchased a Powermatic 64A Contractors table saw used on Craigslist. The manual that came with it is copyr...
It certainly has been a busy week. Everything seems like it is coming together and falling into place. Although I am cautious when using that phrase because it tends to make everything look as if it happened by chance. Those of you who run your own businesses know very well that what many times appears to be ‘luck’ is the result of many hours/days/months and sometimes years of planning. In any case, as crazy as it is, it is fun and enjoyable and very satisfying. I have writ...
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