I was reading OKALBERT’s entry “My Workshop #12: We’re making progress on the work bench now” (nice bench!) and he mentions losing time. I’m sure he’s not the only one who does that, as I find myself in that state almost everyday. I’ve been thinking about including a clock in my shop, however part of my enjoyment is NOT knowing the time. If it gets too late my loving wife gently reminds me, and if I’m on a schedule I set an alarm on my cell...
Jan. 22, 2008 With our new “Reviews” Feature at LJ.com being only a week old, the Wixey products have already received five reviews. I just had to do an interview to find out what made this company so special. And so, this morning, I was given the privilege of speaking with Barry Wixey, the man behind the Wixey tools. (photo from www.wixey.com) The Company HistoryPrior to starting the Wixey company, Mr. Wixey designed woodworking machinery for Delta and Dewalt tools. Then...
Saturday was the day. Mr. Dorje came over with the tools and know-how, I provided assistance when able. We spent about seven hours, milling five logs each between six an eight feet long, and about 26” in diameter. The two widest logs we milled into 10/4 slabs, the rest we milled closer to 5/4 planks. The 10/4 is ear-marked for a friend of mine who will use it to make electric guitar bodies. The rest? I’ll figure that out when it is dry and as the need arises. It was a g...
Hi everyone; Since a lot of LJ’s have been following the progress of my ezee-feed project, I wanted to share part of my day today. I hope no-one is put off by my posting this or thinks I’m bragging as I’m really in no position to brag, but it was a very special day for me. (I don’t have a lot of those since embarking on this project). I’ve had a number of orders waiting for the first batch of Ezee-Feed units to come out of the factory, since I stopped makin...
A person can spend a lot of time on a carving, but after the final cut with your chisel, you don’t really know what all of the chiseling you’ve done really looks like. You have to choose a finish that will enhance your carving. On some carvings I use a stain, others, just a clear finish, it all depends on the theme, or type of wood you’re using. I’ve chosen some images of my mining scene to show you the difference of before, & after. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~...
Ebony (Diospyros ebenum) Ebony is a really beautiful wood but is also very, very hard to work with. from my uses of Ebony i have found that it is a very brittle wood and chips very often. it is also very hard to shape using hand tools again because it chips so much. really i have found that the only way to shape it is to sand it and because it is so dark i have a hard time of finding in which direction the grain runs and all it does it chip. also when gluing up Ebony because of the oil con...
Now that big power switch hangs out way on the left. Got to neaten that up a bit. Oh, and I nearly forgot, look at the new rip fence max distance! Whoo hoo! Almost 35 inches! Anyway, back to the power switch. I simply unbolt the big green steel plate it is attached to. And the big angled support arm. Hrm. The big green mounting plate can’t simply be removed, as they ran the electrical through it. Damn. Guess I have to de-wire and re-wire it. ...
Heeey, this is major news and major new feature. Seems a lot of you enjoy all 3 of our sites so to simplify the registration/login process I decided to migrate separated account databases to one merged and centralized account database. Now, this centralized account grants you access to all three websites in our network: LumberJocks HomeRefurbers GardenTenders You can see following graphic when you visit sign-in or sign-up pages on these sites. Think of it as your unique netwo...
EverWood Tells a Story ....soul of a live tree, heart color felt from within, spirit as i am…. —by flp ————————————————————————————————————————————————————...
I just wanted to show off this big old plane I got a while back. It can hog off 1/32 of material and not even flinch. The picture is a little hard to see but trust me . I was using it to take off about 3/4 of an inch of the top of a desk I am making. I know someone out there is saying why did you not just cut it off. Well I have no power in my shop and I am not the good with my cheap $20 saw I got from Lowes. The Plane which you can see on the top of the picture is 26” long and th...
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