There are times when I plan to accomplish things and everything just seems to fall into place. I make a time table and I actually stick to it and achieve everything that I put on my list. Things are on schedule. One would think that I would be happy when this occurs. I suppose I am, but it also makes me a bit uneasy. Did I miss anything? Did I do enough? Maybe I am not pushing myself hard enough? Perhaps I should go and look in the mirror and see if it is really ME looking back at...
Hello all. I am looking for some advice. I have just returned from my local woodcraft with Waterlox high gloss finish hoping to finish a few projects. The employee at WC stated that the Waterlox high gloss finish is best used on its own but the instructions on the container say to use the finish in conjunction with the Waterlox Original Sanding/Sealer…. I really don’t want to trip at the finish on these projects (sorry I couldn’t resist :) ) so I was wondering if any...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #391: Finishing Some Things and Starting Others
Well, everything that is going to be submitted for the catalogs this holiday is sent. Here it is only the middle of the year and I can’t help but feel my retail fate is sealed. That sounds ominous I realize, but it just seems kind of foolish to me. Even the magazines don’t take five months to get their publications out. I suppose that I am not doing their job though, so who am I to say. I have resigned myself to the fact that things are that way and I don’t want to wa...
I don’t any heavy equipment so I built a logs arch to move the log around the yard The log arch works like this see-saw I can pick a 2000 lbs log with it, getting it rolling takes a little help from my boys!
Hello and thankyou for visiting my blog. This project came about when my wife got pregnant and got tired of sitting on the floor in front of a tall mirror to put on her makeup. She asked me to do it for months before she got pregnant but never got around to it. Now it is getting to a point where she really needs it. I have seen several vanities on the internet and when she asked me to build one, this is the style I envisioned on building. It is a standard vanity table with queen ...
I was making carving knives for the Spoontaneous collaboration and needed to sharpen them. While atNorthwest Industrial Supply I found some 3M scotchbrite deburring and polishing wheels, similar to a grinding wheel but different. I did not want to add another machine to my shop, I have a couple of sharpening systems now. The scotch brite wheels had a 1” arbor opening and my lathe headstock hasa 1” 8TPI arbor. All my lathe accessories have a 1-1/4” hex nut, if they have...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #447: Lots of Stories - It Was a Busy Day!
Well, I can’t wait to get at things today. There is so much to do and it seems like so little time to do it. I don’t feel stressed at all though, only exhilarated. It is the good kind of busy that people like me strive for, and depending on how things go, the next few weeks should be quite productive. I always seem to have stories to tell and today isn’t any different. Although yesterday started out simple enough, the day brought with it some interesting things that m...
In the past nine months my wife has undergone 3 major surgeries and nine hospitalizations, so in trying to keep things together between work, home, and the hospital I have been unable to get into my workshop, my yard, or any type of extracurricular activity. Things are looking up my wife is getting healthier and recovering, so I am able to sneak away to play once more in the wonderful world of wood. I look forward to cruising the Lumberjocks site and interacting with everyone here.
The flywheel is based around a 2×12 of Douglas Fir I picked up at the big orange store. Not exactly high quality wood, but it gave me the mass I was looking for. I then added a layer of 3/4” pine boards to increase the mass a bit more. I cut the flywheel by mounting it in a vise and using the bow saw I made to cut the rough shape. Doing it this way seemed to be a lot faster than cutting rounding by cutting corners. Once the rough shape was cut, I then trued up the wheel wi...
I posted a shoulder plane I built several days ago and should have held off until giving it a solid trial run. It had issues in more than one spot. The mouth was too open for my tastes. There was also a good bit of chatter because the wedge ended too far up the blade. The wedge also was short on the top side and after tapping it barely protruded. I made a bunch of changes to try to salvage and got close. The sides ended up too skinny after all the extra sanding created by mistakes. The...
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