Hi all, This is a quick video update showing how my workshop is progressing in its new space, and shows a few new tools that have been introduced to my shop since my last lot of videos.
As many of you know, I have a branding iron to mark my projects… made of brass and heated with a butane torch… time consuming and if it is not hot enough or too hot ….it can come out a bit ordinary… Enter the Laser… Here are a few examples of my branding of wooden items with the laser.. Cherry. European Walnut. Close up on Western Australian Jarrah.. These were completed using Vector mode but would be equally nice in Raster mode…and are on...
Found this driving home at a roadside garage sale yesterday for the small fortune of 7.00. I went over the thing in general and cleaned it up. I’d like to give the blade more of a polishing at a later date but for now focused on making it workable and clean. The blade is an actual Keen Kutter and does seem to be thicker then the hock blade I bought for my No5. Right off it works far better then my Stanley 6. A close examination of the mouth on this does show a beveling of the ed...
So, a fellow carpenter just told me about danish oil so naturally, i picked some up. I just put it on a cherry and ash box which I will be finishing soon and WOW! I was blown away by the enhancement of the oil. I have mainly been using linseed oil, shellac and polyurethane lately but I really think danish oil is going to open pandora’s box of finishes. Again, I’ll say WOW! God bless.
Quite the little coincidence occurred today. My wood-shop teacher lent me some lubricant protector for my cast-iron table tops on my tools because I told him they were unprotected, he’s a great guy. So, when I get home from school and go to the shop to apply it, what do I see? The last foot of my lathe bed full of rust from a leak in the heater above it. Lets just say I was not very happy. I am guessing some of it was just rust drops from the ceiling, as there is a now a stain on the co...
I had a few people ask to see the tooling that I use for turning wood on a CNC (metal) lathe. So here you go. So this is what something looks like when it is in the lathe. I have this piece mounted to a flange, but it could also be in a turning centre or on a mandrel. This is my standard tool profile. In the first picture I am using the same idea but the full diametre. Good for hogging. This one is better for more precision things. These are my little carbide tips. Sharp ...
Here is the Whirlygig that Matthew and I put together for the Whirlygig Wars got it finished just in time for the deadline :) Was allot of work for something so small in comparrison to other projects. Made out of Oak, should last many years in the weather. Here is our brief contest video. http://woodtube.ning.com/video/whirlygig-wars-response-video for USA YouTube only works in Canada for some reason but here it is.
I took a venture up to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Artisan and Business Center to get some pointers on turning with Kelly Bresnahan.
I’m making a small table for my wife’s TV room. All my lumberjocks friends have given me the courage and some knowhow for me to once again stretch the envelope and try the hardest project to this point. Thank you my friends! The room is very small and needs very small end tables and a small cocktail table. I figured that since the room is next to the entryway with the dodecahedron pendant light, I might as well push the theme. On top of that, I own the lumber already which h...
My local Woodcraft offers a blade sharpening service. They job it out; a guy comes by every Wednesday and brings back sharp blades the following Wednesday. I had no idea how bad my blades were. They came back with plastic coating across the newly sharpened toofs. I pitched it on the ole Shopsmith and ran a piece of mahogany from the scrap bin through. Seriously, it was like a hot knife through butter. I was amazed at the cut quality. The saw made a completely different sound. Looking back the...
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