So a man from my boy scout troop is moving to California for a job offer and he had a woodshop. Well he was in the middle of building a snake tank and asked me to finish it for him. I asked him in a nice way what can I expect as a payment. He then tells me I will surprise you in a week. Well that was last sunday. So when I brought the tank down to be delivered, he said follow me and what a nice surprise. He was like this is all yours. The list includes the following:158bdft 4/4 cherrya 14&...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #462: Premature Celebration (or "Don't Bank on It")
Well, folks. I spoke too soon. I started doing the end zone dance before I crossed the line and wound up fumbling the ball. I suppose we have all been guilty of that from time to time. Perhaps we are just so hopeful that things work out that we convince ourselves that they are before we actually have the proof in front of us. Then we realize that we aren’t on the solid ground we appeared to be and reality hits and we feel kind of foolish for assuming that things were OK in the firs...
just figured id pass on my stroke of desperate luck. i built a saw bench loosely based on christopher schwartz 5 dollar saw bench out of some leftovers of a fence project. the base is 4×4 treated posts at a 10 degree angle and 2×4 stretchers secured by half lap joints glue and nails. the top is an 8 foot 2×12 i found that was in bad shape. there was a crack through the length that i glued and crudely clamped with rope. the top is unsecured and until last night i started th...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #493: My Little 'All Season Tree' Dressed Up For Halloween
I got almost caught up with things yesterday. although for most of the day I worked on my ‘secret project’ that I can’t really talk about here on the blog. I don’t mean to be rude by mentioning it, but it really filled the better part of my day and I didn’t want you all to think I was slacking. :) In the evening, I decided to do some organization on the computer. I noticed that my Wacom tablet was having some problems that seemed to be related to the new key...
Before I begin let me clarify that calling this a “refurbish” is a bit of a stretch. I disassembled, removed some rust, sealed to prevent rust, reassembled, and then tuned the saw. Also, I am no expert and am figuring this out as I go. If you see me doing something poorly and have suggestions, please do help me and your fellow jocks by posting your comments. I recently purchased a Powermatic 64A Contractors table saw used on Craigslist. The manual that came with it is copyr...
It certainly has been a busy week. Everything seems like it is coming together and falling into place. Although I am cautious when using that phrase because it tends to make everything look as if it happened by chance. Those of you who run your own businesses know very well that what many times appears to be ‘luck’ is the result of many hours/days/months and sometimes years of planning. In any case, as crazy as it is, it is fun and enjoyable and very satisfying. I have writ...
Hello Jocks I am looking for advise on Lathes . I want to get into turning as I did some turning in school and loved it. But my shop is a basement shop so I must be able to carry / drag down to the basement. I am not counting out used lathes I just don’t know whats decent. I want to be about to turn pens, bowls ,bats. So from small projects to mid sized is what I am thinking. Now is 1/2 big enough for 11” ~12” bowls. The lathe I used in the past was 3 hp delta / Rockwell. I...
The top, I decided to assemble this with tongue and groove joinery, I have a Stanley 48, this is the plane that started the madness.it has 2 cutters, and a pivoting fence. With the fence one direction it cuts a groove, swing it 180 degrees and it cuts the tongue. The plane will center on 7/8” thicknessed wood, but one tip… make a decision, either the fence is always on the face of the peice or the back, and stick with it. If you flip back and forth, it will cause the face of y...
Follow along as I build a Tenor Guitar. In this episode see how the guitar sides are tapered in preparation for attaching the back and top.
So its been a while since I’ve worked on my brace. It all started with asking Brit a question. He then continued to make the best blog ever on how to restore hand braces. Well I had my trouble along the way, and put it aside for a while, until my neighbor bought this little guy…. I know, I know, Brit…...I’m cheating a little. But MAN do I hate working hard when a machine can do it for me :) If you havent read the 1st and 2nd part of the blog, here are som...
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