Only one more week until the LJ picnic in Arizona on Nov. 7th. Hope all of you can come. Please let me know if you are going to attend, so we can make sure there are enough chairs, food, drinks, etc… Have confirmation from; Gene Howe and wife, SEER and wife, JohnnyMo, and Mike85215. Still waiting to here back from everyone else. Also we will be haveing a Bar-B-Que with, hamburgs, franks, potato and pasta salads. There will be condiments and water, plate cups napkins silverware....
Ruminations, Philosophy, and Workshop Antics.......... #8: An ELECTRIFYING WEEKEND, When Peter Power Pillar Got More Power, & Tammy Table Saw Got More Whine
What follows is a true story,……Tammy arrived without a motor……..and we found it…..and the rest is true also, so help me SAWDUST ………… Of all the joyous sounds of the shop, there is none more beloved than Tammy TableSaw’s wonderful whine. She is a proud Contractor’s Saw, born to serve, born to create, born from love. When Tammy starts a whining, all the other tools become alert, knowing that they too will soon join in the song. The whine of the saw is the herald of creation, the shop will b...
I started woodworking when I was in fourth year of secondary school. In that year I was able to attend the woodworking class once a week. Then I joined the Woodworker club of my school and with that I was allowed to use the wood shop after school but I was never allowed to use the machines in there.I was from a poor family and I needed a few chisels.As I was allowed into the hand tool store I stole one chisel per week by putting them in my trouser pocket . I stopped when I had taken five chis...
Got about 5 pieces cut and ripped to size…Glad I have my garage heater because it is 10 degrees outside. About ready to cut my last piece and the motor would not start. Checked the breaker, and plugs…no idea right now what happened. I still need to change the plug and motor to 240 volt. Oh well, I will look at it tomorrow…time to drink to the New Year!
bought an old Millers Falls on ebay. Awaiting a Bull nose Stanley. the Millers Falls is a block plane with adjustable throat. Looks good after I do some work on it I think it will be a good plane. the Bull nose hasnt arrived yet. in my nex blog post i will have it and post some pictures.
Well it’s only Friday but I had my 2 boys home for the day so I put them to good use. Although unit only weighs 75 lbs it’s quite bulky so 2 strong young men are better at lifting than 1 middle aged man. Mounting things to the ceiling in my shop is always a challenge due to the metal sheeting and the trusses are on 48” centers(standard for pole barn construction). So if anyone is wondering why I mounted 2×4 runners on ceiling that’s why. The unit is fairly larg...
No not that !! Get your mind above the belt. Here is the pile of Flamboyant (Delonix Regia) I started slabbing today.. And here are some gorgeous crotch pieces from the log to the left of the helmet in the picture above....This wood is a beautiful creamy yellow colour and is quite soft. Unfortunately the smell is not particularly pleasant – try to imagine a faint after-smell of pine vomit. I know that sounds gross, and it is, but fortunately it is not a strong odour. I wonder ...
I was just about to start on the first glue up of the walnut entertainment center I’m working on… well, needless to say, I didn’t end up finishing. One of the tenons was about 1/32” too long, and I was just in that “finish quick and get on to the glue-up” mindset. One inattentive cut, and I ended up with a razor-sharp 3/4” bench chisel through the back side of my thumb. I put this up as a reminder…BE CAREFUL! Whenever I am usin...
Found a cool trick to help with the dry air of winter carving. I’ve been placing a piece of dampened paper towel around the wood blank an hour or two before I carve. When I first did it, I just put it on one side, which lead to some weird warping, but when the blank re-dried it was flat again (whew). This pattern relies almost entirely on the basic triangle cuts, so it’s good for practice. I used a simple flower motif in the center, it can be left blank or used for some...
22 blocks down. It is looking pretty good. The “X” jig seems to be working. 42 to go!
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