I recently read a comment made by a beginning woodworker that made me think about how many times I heard this exact sentiment stated over and over by many woodworkers over the years and it still gets a reaction from me. Have you ever heard someone or maybe even yourself say: I’m going to build my project with cheap lumber because I’d hate to screw up or ruin an expensive piece of wood. I know this statement is usually based on the fact that we feel we don’t have the w...
Today started the testing process. I didn’t feel well at all, but figured that I could handle just testing, as I didn’t foresee any problems, so off to the shop I went. I was wrong. Oh boy was I wrong. There was a problem, a huge one. While building up tracks, nothing lined up as it should.After doing some measuring and double, and triple checking, I found the problem. I had made a gigantic mistake. I’m not talking about a little boo-boo. I’m talking a mistake of epic ...
Just a quick show of where I make sawdust and a few of the things I’ve put together in the last couple years. More to come, and thanks for watching. http://youtu.be/ljT9b0tWpOk
A wise woodworker once told me “Every woodworker should know at least one guy named jeremiah, but it doesnt really matter… So forget it.” That woodworker was me… So forget it. But hey, I’m back! For now. And man I tell ya it’s been an interesting few weeks. Busy and interesting few weeks. Sold a bunch of old music gear i havent used in 5 or 6 years and made a couple grand so i upgraded some of my more frequently used tools! Of course i bought tools…...
Kris Williams of Rocky Blue Woodworks shows us how to cut perfect circles on a band saw including how to make the sled need to do it!
So as many of you know, I have this new found (well… it’s going on over a year now so its not so new) love and passion for woodworking and I am a self proclaimed wood addict. My kids would say wood hoarder…. but addict sounds better to me. LOL. I may not have every mentioned what I do for a living. I’m an office manager for a small business. I’ve had different jobs throughout my life (even been a correctional officer at a prison). But most of my life I’v...
Some time back I was bemoaning the absence of my Ridgid Oscillating sander due to motor failure… Finally have it back from repair place. Long story but missed it for almost 4 months. Comedy of errors but to be honest I believe some issues were the “authorized” repair place & not Ridgid tech service. People there I talked to were friendly & helpful. They ended up sending me a new belt assembly to replace the old one that probably should have been done by the repair p...
How high a grit one should one use when sharpening? Some people sharpen with a 1000/8000 water stone. There are 12000 and even higher grit stones out there – though I have learned that the grit rating scheme is not always consistent, so that a 12000 is not necessarily finer than a true 8000, for example. In the class I took this weekend, the grits were: 220 400 1000 2500. For a chisel whose back was not flat, and 220 was taking too long, the teacher suggested 120 or 150. And for damaged ch...
Long overdue, the truck took up WAY too much of my time this weekend, and reminded me I am no longer a twenty something fit guy… Those 35” mud tires really beat you up pulling them off, and worse, putting them back on to the truck! But I got it done… At the 40K mark, my OEM disk brakes were worn thin, probably from the stop and go driving I had done when I worked the Energy corridor of Houston and commuted too stinking far every day in gridlock… Shortly after the br...
After my night shift spent a few hours starting the build (after some time hunting the bits and pieces, and finishing a chair). Ok so alignment is essential on this thing, so I decided to use dadoes on the case work. I will finish glue and screws (and some glue blocks) This will help me assure that the walls of the case are parallel. I made the cuts and rough fit the bits. I will play with wiring cut outs later. but for now I am to tired for power tools.
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