I always enjoy open houses. Whenever I can I like to tour the newest homes, seeing what is being used and how it is done. One house was being built close by, I accidently toured it too soon. I know I never want people to see some of my work before I am finished, I never like to criticize another persons work either. BUT….......... this one was a joke. The finish work (or so called) had more putty, caulking and WHATever. Mitered corners (maybe hard to tell with all that plaster overtop) ...
This is my Birthday Gift. I’m presently in the process of building a bench for it. I’ll be posting it when it’s completed I had to get this new lathe, because I have some larger wood from a Black Walnut I had to have taken down in our yard. I’d like to make some larger things with the wood. I couldn’t let it go to the chipper! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Addendum: I dwelled on wether to buy a new lath...
“I finished the project, now I just have to put some (your favorite finish material here) on it.” That is a way of telling yourself that the most important stuff is done, now we just trot around third and cross home plate. Finishing can take longer than building and be more important. Not that it will fill bad miters. Contrarily, a bad finish will cancel good miters. Good miters deserve equally good finish. I realize not everyone has the luxury of a separate room, but ...
I am going to have to rearrange my shop to accommodate my recent shoulder surgeries. Part of that will be to sell my Shopsmith along with some accessories. The motor was sent back to Shopsmith about 5 years ago for overhaul & since has had about 30 hours of usage.Unit is is good condition. Not as active as I was when I bought it. I am located in Collegeville, PA 19426. If anyone in that general area is interested in details they are welcome to contact me. Thanks.
Here is the last video on building a guitar from an old gas can. I am excited to give this guitar as a gift to my brother-in-law this weekend. Hopefully he will be a excited about it as I am. I posted the finished project earlier and you can check it out here if you didn’t catch it. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/64168 I hope that you enjoy the video. I also want to give some thanks to my son, Elliott, for writing the music for the video and to one of my other sons (4 t...
Just thought I’d post a quick update. My birthday is coming up (tomorrow), and my friend Susan heard about my new interest in woodworking. Given that she knows pretty much everyone, she took me to one of her friend’s houses for lunch who had apprenticed as a woodworker in the past and had a shop in his garage. Lunch was great, and I got a lesson to boot! I received some great tips on how to hand cut dovetails, and I also used some nice tools for the first time. Sharp chisels an...
I have had to retire the inspirational chair… do not be concerned …it is still in the shed… just relegated to the far corner… As you can see, it is a little worse for wear… just like I had been feeling lately… But as you can see from the following photographs… In Kit form.. Remove the protective bubble wrap and attach the seat to the frame using 4 bolts and the spanner and allen key supplied. Now I will be inspired by a sleek modern cha...
I was thinking about buying a new jointer from grizzly. I even traveled to the showroom in Muncy, PA to look at them. But I ended up getting this from a school auction. I plan on stripping the old paint and painting it a shade of blue.
Vintage Tool Rehab Projects #12: How to (and not to) repair that tote: My Stanley Bailey #7 Type 11 journey.
When I first got back into woodworking, there was a period where I scoured Ebay for hand planes. Along the way I picked up a Stanley Bailey #7, Type 11 jointer for $61.04. At the time, I thought it was a really good price. But with some experience behind me, the main reason it was so “affordable” was that the beaver tail on the rear tote was broken off. Still, I didn’t give much thought to it…until I built my saw bench and used the #7 to dimension the legs. I got a nas...
The other day i was driving along and saw a few big logs hangin out on the side of the road. From the road it looked like black locust but when i finally went and picked it up with my truck, it looked like some sort of apple wood. The wood was like a pinkish, red color. I was very excited to open the logs up and get some slabs out of it as I have been looking to make a natural edge bench. Upon slabbing the wood and finally planing it, I found that the wood had a grain reminiscent of maple. Th...
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