Lets get… tech-ni-cal…tech-ni-cal… I wanna get technical… I get technical questions from time to time from folks who I esteem to be a lot more knowledgeable than myself in the woodworking field. Being an artist seems to put an eccentric bent to everything I do, so I have a hard time dispensing technical advice because so much of what I do is experimental and spontaneous, rather than technically correct. When people ask me technical questions, or I’m around technically advanced woo...
This end result is a nice little side table, but I must confess, it is not up to my standards. It will make a nice table along side the couch. I’m finishing in haste to get the subscription to PW, but I will continue my challenge and improve this table more at a later date. My son (age 3) loves to hang out in the woodshop, so he can help me. Bottom line, the baby girl goes to the doctor on time, I get my challenge finished, and my son gets to help me finish it next week! Legs, si...
Prior to moving into my house a tree was removed from the back yard. It was a cedar which was approximately 60’ tall. Some guy said he wanted the base of the trunk saved for a carving but he never came to get it. Does anyone in the Northern Cal area have a portable mill? Anyone need some large cedar logs?
In part 4 of this workbench adventure, I’ve added some ash strips to the sides with oak pegs and planed them down flat to the benchtop. The ash is from an old tree I took down in my mother’s back yard and it’s been drying since early spring. It’s the first time I’ve used any of it and it was fun to plane it down and see how it finally turned out.I designed a base within the limits of two 12 foot 2×12s. I looked around a few local yards, but found some fairly...
At class Thursday night I finished both of the softball bats. First step was to burnish the bats using a dog’s chew bone (without the meaty center :-) ). This was done with the bats loaded into the lathe, but with the lathe off. With that completed it was time to coat the bats with oil (natural Danish oil). This was done with the lathe spinning at the slowest speed. And finally the bats were shined using handfuls of shavings (courtesy of the dust collection system). With the...
Something happened, but I don’t know what! I missed the construction guy who was waiting for the inspector. But, the good news is that there is some trim up around the windows and doors that was not there this morning….I think that bodes good news…....at least I hope so. I emailed the General Contractor to find out the status. There is still some painted trim on the floor of the shop, so there is more work to be done. I do know that today’s inspector had to come b...
Thanks to this site and fellow woodworkers such as Wayne C., I was motivated to tune some planes that were under sawdust in my shop. So, to the chagrin of my wife (after the “behind her back”) purchase of the battery charger, I dove in head first. I was like a pig in mud watching those hydrogen bubbles percolating next to my rusty parts. The garage soon became messy, the laundry room sink was spickled with magnetite, my workshop smelled less like sawdust and more like WD-40, ...
After a year or so of trying to find time (and money) to start on a detached shop, I thought of a totally different direction. The 11×11 (give or take) bedroom that I’ve been using for an office/music studio is now my shop! I’d have never tried this even ten years ago, but I’ve been gravitating more and more toward hand tools, with power tools used mostly for those tasks apprentices used to do. My primary apprentices are a 17” bandsaw (Grizzly GO513×2) and...
If you read my last post you might recall how I decided to purchase an X10 “Powerflash Interface” to test out as a controller for my dust collector. My skepticism about how the unit worked turned out to be well-founded. The Powerflash device sends an X10 “on” signal when 6-18VDC is applied to the contacts—but once the voltage is removed, the unit immediately sends an “off” signal. What I was looking for was a way to use a single momentary switch to to...
We did a floor a few years ago for my sister in law. She has expensive taste, and wanted a floor that was somewhat different than the norm. We spent a lot of time a showrooms looking for a floor she was happy with. She narrowed it down to 3/4” hardwood, and was having trouble with choosing between Maple and Brazilian Cherry. I suggested mixing the two, by using the darker Cherry as a border. Since she is Greek it seemed liked a good idea to do Greek keys in the corners. We a...
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