I took wood shop in high school for 3 years. The instructor was strict that we draw precise plans and follow them to the letter. This was good especially for kids just learning. Learn a way to do something that gives you a base to deviate from and come back to if the deviation doesn’t work. I still like to draw plans (usually not as precise but I like to have a plan). I first started building the Wood magazine contractor series with a little trepidation. I wasn’t sure how th...
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After using the template to route out the fingers it was now time to put on the 1/8” roundover. For me it was a lot easier to use the router table for this step. The edges of the fingers also needed to be rounded over. This could have been done with a rasp or small sanding block but I decided to just stand the board up on end on the router table and do it there. Even the longer 41” or so sides weren’t difficult to hold during this operation. Next came plenty of...
Did a bit of trading the other day, and wound up with three wood planes….wood bodied planes. While the fellow was there, I sharpened the iron on one of them, and made a few shavings. But, all three of these planes needed a little more touch-up.. The one in the center of this group was first in line. Japanning was about gone on most of the iron works. Wire brush to remove the red stuff, too. Have a small jar of Dupli-colour Black. Painted the cleaned up lever cal first ...
It seems that this year more than ever I have noticed that people seem to have the 'winter blues.' With the holiday season over and cold weather setting in all over the USA and Canada, it seems that most people are dreading the upcoming months of cold and ice. Here in Nova Scotia, we had a relatively mild December. Usually we are already deep in the grips of cold and ice by the year's end, but this year it was much warmer and there was very little snowfall to speak of. There ...
My friends son (later 20s and a great guy) is pretty buff and stopped by to help lift the lathe…. Mounting holes lined up perfectly. Now to bolt it down and see if I can put Humpty Dumpty back together again…. That pretty much wraps up the build… I’ll post some pics and list it as a project when I’m up and running and again when I have Kaizen foam in the tool area. Thanks for tuning in.
So, now that cleaning is done, I’m only missing power.When I bought the machine the last owner just cut the power cord so that I have a enormous 3 decimetres of cord. I also don’t have the same power in the house at the moment. I need to do redo the electricity for the whole house anyway so I might as well start with the shop. I need to fix this before I can start the machine and do some tests so that all works as it should. After this, painting can be done.
It is with much relief that I am writing this morning. It isn't usual that I get stressed out over doing a project, but these past few weeks have been somewhat worrisome to me. I mentioned the other day that I was invited to participate in the Art Play Date online class event, and while I was thrilled to be asked to teach, I was somewhat intimidated. After all, the line up of teachers included many teachers that I have followed and admired since I began painting. These were what we c...
Soooo yeah… I ended up deviating from the plan. The plywood torsion pieces and I weren’t getting along and I was quite frustrated and running into a brick wall. I remembered I had some 2×4 I could use for the frame to help square things up better, so I started there. Decided to see if I could work with the dog holes as well, and I ended up with this: Nothing is glued down yet, just screwed. I laid the plywood top on to see what the dog hole alignment looked like. It wasn&...
Common name(s): Whitebark Pine, Whitestem Pine, Alpine Whitebark Pine, Pitch Pine, Scrub Pine, Creeping Pine, White Pine Botanical name: Pinus albicaulis Synonymous: Apinus albicaulis Distribution: Mountains of the Western United States and Canada Description: Like almost any Pine, the sapwood is pale yellow to creamy with darker yellow-brownish stripes and the heartwood is darker reddish-pink with darker stripes. Endgrain has some pores and the wood may contain pockets of ...
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