Man it really feels good to get out in the cool weather, and continue where I left off last year before my surgury! Well I cleaned up a little bit, soaked my WWII to remove the walnut pitch from the last woodworking project, and got back to work. I didn’t know if I would ever be able to stand again. When I got out of the hospital, and went back to work it was hard to stand, even for a few minutes. See the surgeons remove the vein from your right leg in order to do the bypass. My ...
Well, I started the day today with putting the coffee grounds directly into my cup instead of the pot. What does that tell you? I had heated the final cup from yesterday’s pot first thing while I was in the process of making a fresh one (I have a coffee press, so I do finish what is left the first thing when I get up) and I put a nice big spoon of grounds directly into my cup. Hmmm. . . . I actually set the alarm this morning to get up at 6:30 because I slept until 8am yesterday m...
I KNOW EVERYONE THINKS I’M YELLING WHEN I POST BUT IT’S JUST MY EYES ARE GETTING BAD AND I HAVE A TOUGH TIME READING THE SMALL PRINT. I KNOW, A PAIR OF GLASSES WOULD REMEDY THE SITUATION, BUT RIGHT NOW I LACK THE FUNDS. HOWEVER, I DO PLAN ON GETTING SOME SOON, PROMISE. I WANT TO MENTION TWO OF MY OLDEST AND DEAREST FRIENDS ON LJ’s, YOU TWO HAVE BEEN MY MENTOR AND GUIDE SINCE I JOINED THIS SITE WAY BACK WHEN. KARSON AND DICK CAIN ARE VERY SPECIAL TO ME, LIKE A FATHER I NEVER ...
After about half of the tour it hit me at how much different the architecture was in Switzerland than here in the good old USA. When I sat back and really thought about it Switzerland is around 500 years older than us and they shouldn’t be like us.
I’ve been using a Rockler router table for years. It is the basic metal frame and top. The wheels are literally worn off and it’s just not a steady as I prefer. So here I am routing away yesterday on a project and the table loses a little traction on the floor…..messed up a pattern and the stock I was using….not to mention the safety concern. So later yesterday I had to stop by Home Depot, also known as Hundred Dollars, to pick up a few small things for h...
After a very busy week, I finally got some time in the shop tonight to start on the stretchers. The 4 boards that make up the two short end stretchers were fairly flat to start. It didn’t take too much work to get them flattened and glued up. I injured my right shoulder early this week. So, I was pretty excited to find those boards to be flat to begin with. Well, that excitement was short lived. The boards for the long stretchers were twisted pretty bad. Not too bad to toss in the sc...
A delightful and delighted 30 folks showed up for our meeting. Not nearly that many projects, but a nice array of approaches to the challenge: Something to sit upon, made from one board of juniper. Basic, stout, graceful, and how you do the seat when you run low on material. Steve Henderson. Don Sheets built this is a print rack for his artist wife, but hey, you could sit on it—gently! Beyond the round one is a stepstool in a traditional shape, Renee’s entr...
Once the hull is planked, it is skinned with 6 oz. fiberglass cloth set in epoxy and faired using several tinted coats of a high build epoxy primer and quite a lot of sandpaper. The last coat is grey and only sanded enough to knock off the dust nibs. Here the skin is on but the spray-on fairing primer has not yet been applied. The white patches are epoxy filler applied between the wood and the ‘glass with a batten screed to fill the more pronounced low spots. In this photo the...
Today was a great day I had paid a visit to a fellow l j [william]. We had a great time. Then I picked up two more planes. First I will show some pictures and then give a little provenance of the history of the planes. Or as much as I can.First is a smother. Sorry about the pic’s, it seems I loose about 30% of the right side of every picture! The tool maker markings are New York Tool Co. From what I can find out The New York Tool Co. is a name used buy Aurborn Tool Co. From 1864 to 1...
For the past 15 – 20 years, I’ve been just throwing my excess hardware into various containers, buckets, and wherever, since I didn’t have a plan to properly separate the screws, nuts bolts and washers from each other.Well, I figured its now or never, so I decided to play catch up.After perusing Lumberjocks for various container types, I decided on PLANO tackle boxes, because they were cheap and configurable inside.This is going to take some time, as I probably have 8 –...
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