My recent post on Craftsy: By the way, at the end of the post you’ll find a free class offer from Craftsy for a finishing class. I found it really impressive. Let me know what you think.
My wife loves her wooden spoons, but after many years, they warp and crack and eventually fall apart. So I started wondering what the best material to make a wooden spoon out of might be. I bought 10 small samples of hardwoods and cut them all to roughly the size that could serve as the bowl of a wooden spoon. So I have 10 pieces of wood roughly 5” long, 2 1/2” wide and 7/16” thick. I started with those and put them into a large stock pot with 4 gallons of water a...
I will keep things short here today because I have writing to do. I know I promised that the reindeer and sleigh pattern would be ready today, and it may be later on, but I probably won't really have everything done, including the site update, until tomorrow (Thursday). Sometimes things just take longer than expected. I will say though that the pattern will really be a nice one. I spent the day yesterday working on the 26 step-by-step photos that I will include with it. That is ...
* Hello again fellow woodworkers. It’s now officially 1 year since the new shop/garage was built. I should be completing my big bench build this week and bringing the car back in at night, but sometimes things get put on hold. It just so happens we helped a friend with an elderly parent and the entire front of the shop is filled with bags and boxes to be donated to the Chicago Epilepsy Foundation. Gives us a wonderful feeling to be able to help them in their cause. A lot of...
Mkay. So I suited up to spend some time in my shop – trying to get the workbench pieces finished so I can carry inside for downstairs assembly – or even better – get it all assembled and move it inside :D So I completed the dog hole routing the other day, and moved onto cutting the notches. I was able to get the notches cut in J,K.L,M,N the first round - Apparently the tape measure 1 1/4 is different from the combination square’s 1 1/4 I adjusted th...
We just received the batch of T shirts we ordered. My wife thought Black would be a nice color. We like them. Our Grandson sure liked his gift. This is what happens when you tell a 12 year old to put a little more smile into it.
Our LumberJocks site turned one yesterday! Dick has posted Happy Anniversary entry yesterday and that reminded me of this special day. I originally didn’t want to post separate blog entry about this but I changed my mind after waking up today. This special day deserves it because it proves that my last year wish has definitely come true. So it’s time to blow out the candle and celebrate with nice chart summary of the 1st LJ year: My thanks goes to everybody inv...
”Having a RideAbout” Well it must have been around 1:00 o’clock yesterday afternoon when I walked into the house and asked my wife if she wanted to jump onto the atv and go for a ride. I could tell earlier that morning that she was in wants of shucking the office space for some real time in airy outside wood space. Never takes much twisting of her arm and so shortly we were off into the woods with the sunshine breaking through the tops of the trees here and there. Firs...
Un-Covering an Old Friend ....and so it was in the now of ever, that I heard your sigh of wishing endeavor, till i knew the time had come for moments un-veiling,as i stood before your monolithic scaling…. —-to your sleeping time of years gone by, there is this awakening of joy-full cry, and i am also jumping within the soul of your tree,since won’t be long till we are art-fully free… I love to tell stories, and story telling of old trees is what I am purposed ...
There was a tip a few years back in FWW where someone took a box fan, and attached a furnace filter to it with some wood blocks to hold it in place. The beauty of the design, once built, was that it was super easy to switch out a dirty filter…. I remembered this old tip, and snagged a 20” x 20” box fan last weekend when i went out to pick up a new dehumidifier. The old one nearly started a fire when I plugged it in. Flames were literally arcing between the plug and the ex...
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