New article posted on the Little Good Pieces Blog: “Shutdown – Sometimes stopping is more important than starting.” http://wp.me/p13JU0-1K
Fellow Lumberjocks, I know this is completely and totally off topic of woodworking of any form, although my Son Damian will be doing some woodworking to receive his Handyman Patch. But besides this, I’d like to share a Link to my Sons Popcorn Sales for his Fundraiser, I’m sure as you all know, or may not know, Popcorn is the ONLY Fundraiser the scouts do to provide money for their Troop. The money goes for Patches, Events, Outtings and helps other scouts that need money t...
Life got in the way again and it took me a few weeks longer to get a lot more done with the nightstands. I hope to have the stands finished by first or second week of November now. All thats left are the tops and fitting the drawers. There are a few lessons I learned along the way, as always. 1) Don’t plane veneers thinner than 1/8” or you’re asking for trouble.2) Before chiseling half blind dovetail pins, its best to sweep up the surrounding area in case you chip a ...
Not much in the woodwork line today. Its Sue and my 15th wedding anniversary today. This coincides with the 50th birthday party for the company I work for, Mole Valley Farmers. Their party is down in Torquay so off we go. Had an eye test, last week and I need new glasses. They’ll be calling me Pebbles before long. Not surprising with the sort of woodwork I do. Should pick them up next Thursday. There was a project posted recently of a 2 cubic inch box. My little Bess Ring box come...
I have been working feverishly on this saw. I have spent quite a few hours wire brushing the castings getting ready for paint. After the majority of the paint and old filler was removed I had to borrow a lift to get the trunnion casting removed. It weighs about 100# and not wanting to injury an already sore back I felt it was safer. I have applied 2 coats of filler and am ready to do the final sanding. Here she is as of today. The motor came apart fairly easily. I am replac...
Hello All, I worked 11 hours today and had fun. This left little time for woodworking, but I was able to add another chapter to the latest Henry Wood. I hope you enjoy it. http://su.pr/8JxZtq Brian
This project is for my son’s 10th birthday. He needs a place to store his money for college, a religious mission and whatever else. My wife asked if I could build him a little box with three compartments. She gave me an idea of big it needed to be etc. The first thing I decided on was the wood I would use. Last Spring a co-worked gave me a couple of aromatic Easter Red Cedar logs he was trying to get rid of after cutting down the tree on his property. Unfortunately he had cut th...
It was a full day of fun and excitement yesterday. I even got some work done. I like days like that because even if I don’t accomplish everything I want to, I made a big dent in the list and it makes me happy. My new designs are all ready to cut, but the first order of business was to set up the final cabinet left from our reorganization and mount it to the wall. We received several cabinets for free last summer and although they were not of the highest quality, they were sturdy an...
Just a short EMERGENCY BLOG concerning the dowels in the buckets. I haven’t noticed it before, but I found a picture of the dowels used in the traditional buckets. The dowel was shaped like a woman, that is a slim waist in the middle and pointed on both ends. The reason for this is that when the bucket swells from water a great deal of pressure will be applied to the dowels and they can break in the middle. There’s no explanation in the book, but I think the most vulnerable ...
During the finishing, I used some white abrasive sheets to clean up the stain edge where the masking tape was. I also had to correct some swirls I actually introduced as part of the sanding between coats of Arm-R-Seal. With that done, the table tops were attached using figure 8’s from Woodcraft. I don’t care for theirs as much as others, because they are not flat on both sides. But they seem to work fine. Here are the final steps to completion Prep: Sande...
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