I went out to my shop early Monday morning. How wonderful to have a day off work to get work done on several projects I have going. I was working on an antique dining chair we have. As I was trimming a piece on a rung, my Japanese hand saw slipped—right down into my hand. If you don’t know how sharp these saws are, this is not the way to check. I didn’t think at first that I hit my hand that hard, but boy was I wrong.Lovely reds stains everywhere. I spent the rest of the ...
Recently I was asked if it was possible for me to make a wizard staff. After getting a few examples of what he was looking for, I figured it was doable for me and thus was commissioned by an acquaintance to make him a wizard staff. It’ll be 60 inches tall, topped with a blue crystal ball grasped by lions claws As part of the development of this commission, I had to scrap together a lathe. Likely I’ll build something more permanent on a larger scale, now that I’ve ...
There are days when I cannot believe that I am a Woodworker! I never imagined that I…A wife of 17 years, a Mother of 3, a full time Caregiver to my daughter with Epilepsy would’ve found a hobby that I enjoy so very much…a hobby that has now become a small (tiny) new business! Woodworking has opened a whole new world to me. A world where I can confidently say…”I CAN DO THAT!” But then invariably, some unexpected challenge occurs mid-project and I sayR...
So this is what it feels like to get old. I have been touring with bands that you haven’t heard of for too many years now. It used to be so fun but this year, well, it was just hot. Anyway, the point is I finally got back home and have the honey do list (mostly) caught up. So I am back to finishing the shop. It feels like I haven’t got to work on the mancave for years but in reality, it has been a couple of months. I have just finished putting up the trim and wainscoting. ...
from all the research i’ve done before starting this project, i’ve come to realize that the bowling lane sections that i received are actually quite exceptional, mostly because they are the pin setting ends. i’ve googled ‘bowling alley table’ and most of what i’ve found are tables made from the section of lane with the directional arrow inlays. and while i think these tables are still sweet looking, i’m very happy to have encountered such a unique and...
As a sales rep I come into contact with alot of people on a daily basis. Sometimes this is good but other times not so much, then there’s the best of times. Well last month was the annual Dallas Truck show. This is an occasion when vendors from around the country sell their products to the trucking industry. One of the best is Overseas Hardwood. They are an incredible company, first for dealing with the trucking industry in the professional manner that they do. Second for the quality of...
Hey all, In the process of redoing my dust collection setup for my shop clean up, I ran into a small glitch. I bought a cyclone top for a 5 gallon bucket, the problem is that my hose and the posts on the cyclone are the exact same size. They are both 2-1/4 inch inner dia. So now I need to find a coupler for it. Ugh I hate these little glitches.
The days of my Honda Accord are gone. While I loved it and was a great drive and good on gas mileage, I’ve traded it in for this beauty! It’s a V6 Tacoma (not 4×4 because we don’t really need it here in the DC area that much and gets better gas mileage being a lighter truck). Very happy with it. We took a long drive today and it felt terrific and now I can finally be able to carry wood in its entirety instead of having to saw it down where I buy it. I can also...
Today I decided to try my hand at making a book matched panel that will fit nicely into a lid for a box project I’ve been thinking about. For my first attempt, I think it turned out fairly well. Now to find time to build the rest! I would like some suggestions on a wood type for the remainder of the box…..I would prefer something that contrasts only a little bit, but am open to any and all suggestions.ThanksJoe
Hi all, in this episode scott shows how to create crown molding and how to create a great baseboard.If you have that wall that needs something to wow it, take scotts idea and you can create an amazing wall.Hope you all enjoy. http://wbgu.org/americanwoodshop/episodes.html Thanks, Michael FreyPortland, OR FREY WOODWORKING INC.
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