Well I took the counter top back out to the driveway today to glue the two pieces together. (See previous Blog in this series) I set up the Corian on my sawhorses in the driveway and pre set all of the clamp that I’d need to hold the pieces while the glue dried. The long MDF strips were to keep the surface from bowing while the two pipe clamps pulled the seam together. A piece of maple was put on the edge to keep the pipe clamps from breaking off any pieces on the edge. I t...
I’ve been wanting a Jointer for a while. Since I have a small garage shop and woodworking is only a hobby I have been looking at the Grizzly and Ridgid 6” jointers. Did I mention I’m cheap too? Anyway the Ridgid normally sells for $429. I went to HD today to buy something else and went down the tool aisle, to drool as usual, and they had the Jointer for $324!! Well I couldn’t pass that up so it’s sitting out in my truck in the parking lot and I am counting t...
I think this was my favorite Christmas when it comes to Christmas shopping. The reason why is that I did very little … shopping. I made most of my gifts in the workshop, a few of which are posted here. I did a large number of pens with each one being selected for the recipient. I considered whether they would be more inclined to use a Slimline, Euro or Cigar Style. What kind of wood would they like. Then I custom made gift boxes for each one. I also made a clock for my lovely wife who h...
A lot of the work I do is for “others” being contractors or other cabinet shops, then they come get it and most often put the finish on. One particular client gives me about 50% of all the work I do and I am quite sure that he would give me 100% of the work I do but I think its bad Karma to have all your work come from one hand. This kitchen is perhaps the biggest to date. Hindsight is 20/20 and right now I am wishing that I had made all the kickplates and put them all on cas...
Once upon a time . . . in a far away land . . . no wait . . it wasn’t really that far. It was our basement actually. There was a place FILLED with books. (How does this relate to a garbage can holder? Read on.) The culmination of Peggy and I’s households made for a rather large collection of books. We’re both avid readers, as is our family, so we have volumes of books. We needed more shelving and the existing shelving that we had was not quite designed to be up to t...
I had a fun time jointing up the legs of my Roubo on my older 6” Delta jointer. But my experience with the first 8 footer soon showed me the difficulty I would have with 26+ 8 footer laminations on it. I’ve been eyeing the G0490X, and I finally noticed that the following conditions combined for the perfect storm:8% cash back via ebay/paypal.Grizzly’s Free Shipping offer.$600 in the ‘tool fund’~$350 value in the used jointer. Between those, the numbers were...
Hey MArtin…lol… as part of this strand i checked out the merchandise shirts…and noticed we have achieved A FEW MILESTONES…since the milestone shirt that is being sold… the milestone shirt that is being sold is 1,000 projects…and the homepage says we are above 15,000!!! ANd how about that LJ booth at the Woodworking show??? all we need are some stickers, cards, shirts, a few laptops and some LJS…. ANd where are the baseball caps??? I me...
Yo whats up everybody I know evevrbody this week is talking about sharp spinning blades and dust. I thought i would bring up money. No people are losing their jobs and crime is rising. What does all this mean well people are becoming more and more desperate. That means you need to make sure that no of your tools walk off. Now in some areas of the US thats not really a problem. But fire is a big problem. You need to make sure that all of your tools are under your homeowners policy and if you h...
gathering logs for 14×18 cabin with loft, I have access to all the southern iowa lumber i need, hickory, oak, walnut, osage orange, red cedar, & red elm. Will try to use all types of lumber in the cabin, shell is going to be made with 3 sided cedar logs, i have been practacing hand peeling & judging size of logs I will need, will be hard to get full 18ft logs due to tapper, think i will take two 10 footers & splice them. Going to do all my own milling with a stihl ms 660 magnum ...
I’m in the market for a new table saw so like every other well informed consumer I’m reading everything that I can get my fat little fingers on. One great source of product information is product reviews from magazines and online sources. I particularly like the side-by-side reviews but I’m a little skeptical of the results. When the newest edition of my favorite woodworking magazine shows up with a product review in it, it’s the first place I go. I love them and ...
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