Hello LJ’s, I enjoyed my weekend with Mom and Dad. Getting home and back to cutting dovetails was nice though. I cut the 4 sets of pins for my next box, in the same amount of time (plus 3 minutes) as I did for 2 sets of pins just last week. The quality was also improved. I am looking forward to tomorrows session…which may start now. ;-) http://bit.ly/9VbGn3 Brian
As I sit down to write this morning, I feel as if I have little of interest to talk about. I pretty much am finishing up the things that have to go out to the magazine. I can proudly say that in the box I am sending three projects and two articles. The box won’t go out until tomorrow, but it will ensure my presence in another couple of issues of the magazine. How many? I don’t know. I guess that is up to the editors and the amount of space they need to fill. I can usually cou...
A couple of nice chisels.A rusty but elegant looking hacksaw.A 16” Delta-Rockwell scroll saw.
While on vacation, I stopped by the Oklahoma City Woodcraft store last Sunday. I got there at 11:00am only to find out they didn’t open til noon. As I “STOOD” there waiting, I thought to myself, If I had a Woodcraft store in my neighborhood, and they didn’t have any benches in front of their store, I would solicit my local woodworkers club, whose meetings I attend, or at least partner up with some buddies to get some benches built for them. Just saying, shouldn’...
Hello All, Yesterday I was asked to build a tiny box. This is fortunate, because I only know how to do one thing…build tiny boxes. The request, from a reader, was to build a box similar to my first successful tiny walnut box. It is interesting to note that the entire conversation took place on Twitter. He asked me if I planned to build any more like the first one, because it was his favorite. I said I would build him one, and the deal was done. I have been having trouble slee...
I have this new guard for my shop and all my precious reclaimed and salvaged wood. My dogs killed the rest of his family when the babies were hardly a handful. This guy started showing up a few weeks later looking all sad. He keeps looming at the dogs, and us, hauntingly, as though we have the power to resurrect his mama. It is making me crazy. He looks so pitiful. -every night, sitting in a tree, or on the fence, with two pitbulls barking a few feet blow him him like crazy. -mayb...
I just bought myself a new spindle sander today. Been lookin at these for a while. Got a Central Machinery from Harbor Freight. Comes with 6 different sized sanding spindles. Very nice machine. 15”x16” or somethin like that, with a cast iron top. yup, cast iron. Weighs bout 33lbs. Pretty stout. Caught it on sale for $129.99 (origial price is 150) – a 20% coupon = 103.00. I used it on some wavey door fronts on a few JB’s I’m workin on, and it works freekin grrrrrr...
My next project is ambitious! Here’s an in-progress shot of the back of a mission style desk made of red oak. The kicker? The middle of the desk tilts up to become a drafting table with ratcheting positions! Skill I’m learning this project? Doweling pieces together. (Though this will mostly be pocketholes) structure is complete. Currently working on sanding, then finishing. Definitely looking for advice on finishing red oak. This will be a heavy-use piece, so the finish need...
well here it is Christmas dayand i just finished my breakfastthanks to some gifts that arrived as i had been buying things on the netfor myself and some work projectsi was getting many ups notices onlinetwo of them almost got lostbut not quite the first was from my LJ buddy Tom (ND2ELK)and was a total surprise.as i had recently received a frying panfor my eggs from LJ buddy Joe Lyddonit seemed proper to have a deer sausageand egg breakfast this morning well yesterday another package...
I decided on a new shop layout. Everything got moved to one end of the shop. Then the cleaning began. I have swept the ceiling, walls, cleaned every shelf and went through every box on the shelves. Not one piece of equipment is getting moved without getting cleaned and serviced. I figured it was as good a time as any to do it. Almost every thing in the shop will be in a new location. I’m about half way through the process now. I can’t wait to get it finished. The new layo...
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