April 26, 2008 This past weekend there was an Artist Studio Tour in the Listowel, Ontario area. One of the artists participating was John, our “Extreme Birdhouse” guy! After Rick was done work on Saturday, feeling that the rain was going to stay away for the afternoon, we took the drive north to see his work first hand. As we turned onto the road that we thought was the right one, it wasn’t long before I saw a building in the distance that looked like the playhouse ...
Ok so I got off the phone with Woodcraft…. they said no problem… the manager was placing a stock order with Jet today and will include my new base in the order which should come on a pallet so there is much less a chance of damage….. the down side 10 days to wait…. but I think I am going to put the saw togeather tonight just to check to make sure the rest of the saw is in working order…... I am sure it is…... so part 3 when the new base comes in…...
I was talking to a guy yesterday and he said he had a garage full of woodworking tools and just didn’t have the drive to get started. He was amazed that I had made a house full of cabinets and that was the first time I had made kitchen cabinets. Well, I told him something that I had not really thought of until I said it. I tried to explain my woodworking motivation by saying, “You should always take on projects that you have never done before and really don’t know how to ...
Some say my mind is set—- in other words – I’m stubborn. So say they. I prefer to think I have a mind set. In other words – I think a certain way about certain things. Safety is one of those things that I have a mind set about and my mind is set on. I’ve been thinking about this today as I sit here, yet another day on the couch, unable to go to the shop and do what I would prefer to do. I’ve been thinking that maybe if I just do this little something ...
Which came first....! ....and so there remains a question that has been posed to me….which I shall attempt in some feeble way to exploit some light upon. It has been asked: Does art imitate nature....? or Does nature imitate art....? WOW! What a power pack of a question or either the shadow of thinking that would tend to describe and inscribe me within a box. Can any answer this question or is the question it-self designed, to limit an answer within the fabric of two popu...
Out in the shop today dry fitting a small scale (6”x8”) prototype of an end grain cutting board using cheap Poplar to hold costs down and hone my technique. (Heck, given my lack of experience it’s more like creating a technique!) The first dry fit went easily – too easily when I pondered it. So I tried again, this time imagining the pieces all slippery with glue… And sure enough all the parts ‘skidded around’ and a couple ended up on the ‘...
Well, I spent last evening trying to remove the rust from my table saw. It’s much harder than I expected. I tried WD-40, BD Wells Rust Remover, Engine Gunk Remover, and some all-natural super-cleaner my wife had. The thing that worked best was some very fine metal sandpaper. I was careful not to sand too much and ruin the top of the table. I’m still prob. only 1/2 way there, but I’m making progress. Before: Before – Closer: After:
Those of you who have already seen my projects might have noticed the abundance of web clamps. I kind of like them. They are cheap and handy. But that’s not all that makes them an ideal companion for wood. The straps those web clamps are made of have a rather low modulus which means they expand if you put force on them – quite in the same amount wood does. They actually have a similar expansion/shrinkage with changes of humidity compared to wood. Quite unlike steel. Screws and nai...
I haven’t completed any woodworking projects yet, but a few weeks ago I found this video of my contribution to last year’s Christmas Eve service at my church. It’s a rendition of “O Holy Night” on saxophone (I play tenor and soprano) and I’m posting it here even though it’s outside the normal topics here in the hope that it brings some joy, peace, and love to anyone interested enough to listen. Thanks again to all the LJ folks for the warm recepti...
Here is the First Video of my Re Edited Polar Bear Series. I have 20 Videos that are inbetween 20 to 30 minutes long, I have edited 6 Videos about 2hrs of recording in this first 10 minute Video. I hope everyone likes it, All comments are welcome, Good or Bad, and Also tell me what you think about it. This isn’t ment to be much of a Information Video, there are some Information in this video, but Mostly a Demonstration, I have another video that is edited, I will post that vide...
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