Have you seen this personal challenge between two of our LumberJocks??(StumpyNubs vs Charles Neil) The time is running out for them to complete their challenge projects… and then it will be time for you to vote for the winner.
We all have heard the saying “good things take time” and I am discovering how true that is while finishing my latest project. Yesterday I spent the bulk of my time doing the final sanding and applying mineral oil to the many pieces for my calendar project. As you saw from yesterday’s post, there really were a lot of pieces and it was a slow process. I actually made three sets of overlay pieces for the project. Two were of 1/8” maple and one was of 1/8” Ba...
In this episode:Short Update No. 8 Welcoming the much need dust collector to my dust covered shop.
Question.I am a beginner wood turner and I recently turned a small bowl. This bowl was fairly dry but had some black in it.I am not sure what type of wood this is but I believe it to be some sort of Fig. As I turned this bowl it had an ammonia/ mold smell. What is this smell from? is it moldy wood?Is it spalted?If it is mold is it the type that if u breath it ,you can become sick?
My friend and I are in the planning stages of doing a joint, side-by-side build of some new workbenches. This will start with the logs and hiring a guy with a woodmizer to mill the timber in to boards. It looks like we are going to be using red oak, as we are able to get more than enough at the going price of fire/cord wood, then paying $.30/bd ft. to have it rough sawn. So, this won’t begin till next winter after it dries. Here are a couple sketches. No secrets here on the des...
I was hoping to finish everything today except the plugs. However, I only had enough time to do the top and initial breadboard ends. It took longer than expected being my first time doing it, the grooves on the top for the end caps and making the elongated holes on the sides of the BB ends will have to wait until next weekend. To start, I grabbed the widest board I had to avoid having to edge joint the top. Here it is at 11” wide and in dire need of flattening. The sapwood near ...
I buy filters from a friend who wholesales auto body supplies. I filter my finish each time, into a plastic cup. I throw both the cup and filter away each time. That goes against part of my grain, seeing those pieces in my trash can, but I just finally accept that it is how I get the best outcome that I can, which helps me have enough money to buy food, the cans from which I righteously recycle. (“All my life’s a circle, sunrise and sundown, the moon rolls through the nighttime...
As you know, I’m making Adirondack chairs for fun and profit. It takes me one day to cut the wood and sand it. The next day is for assembling and using the pre-conditioner and if it dries to stain or shellac. Even if I run into a few snags, each chair will take a ball park 3 days. I could get that down to 2 days, but I’d be pushing it. So that’s about 10 chairs a month. It takes me roughly $53.15 to make a chair. I can work on getting wood cheaper and the make of the chai...
Well … after many hours, compiled into weeks, I’m back with the continuation of this Intarsia Mirror Frame Wedding Gift. My last blog left off with all the many intricate parts cut on my Excalibur scroll saw, waiting for this next stage. Rough shaping of leaves and dogwood petals began. When long fingernails just aren’t enough, sticking a small square of double faced sticky sponge to the end of a dowel certainly helps pick those stubborn little pieces out from the...
I got up all the roof sheathing (1/2” CDX) and the exterior walls (3/8” LP SmartSide panels). The windows went in too. They are prefab shed windows (14” x 21” white aluminum). I custom made the doors. They are just 2×4 frames, pocket screwed together, and backed with the SmartSide plywood. For the kids’ door, I made a two-part Dutch door. I also bored in a standard exterior lockset so they can easily open the door from the inside or outside. As for th...
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