I’m beginning to formulate a plan about how to use this remarkable wood. I am thinking I will turn it into several different items, some for sale, some for me, and some to give away. Because I don’t have a life I spent all morning cleaning 40 years of dirt and grime from the slab so I could see the total effect of what I am working with. This is what I have to play with!!! :) I am going to use the live edge as the backdrop of my headboard. I’ve been mulling over a...
I’ve really been enjoying my lathe lately, and I “Accidentally” sharpened my Skew to a really sharp edge and guess what – I finally discovered that Sharp tools do work better with Lathe Tools :-). The quality of the cut is really smooth, required only minimal sanding. I ordered the Wolverine Sharpening system, with the the Vari Grind jig and the Raptor Angle gauges. The system works extremely well. Now, the problem is the Bench Grinder that I currently have ̵...
My wife helped me unload the saw from the truck and walk it into the shop. We left it just outside the shop so the sawdust would fall outside—I certainly don’t need more sawdust in the shop! Using the air compressor, I blew off all the obvious vintage sawdust from the mechanism. Here’s a before and after comparison: Before After EDIT: I pulled off the belts. Don’t think I’ll try to save these! I removed the arbor assembly, inte...
It’s finally time to make my way back in to the fold here. Last year my wife was diagnosed with throat cancer and of course, I focused all my attention on getting her better. I am very happy to report that we’re on the road to recovery after a very dark time. I have been following projects here quite often and I have been working in the shop as well. In a strange way, I had plenty of shop time over the last year taking care of her. Likely because the days I was home with he...
This old Disston had seen better days. It had been reground/retoothed so many times that the etching was half gone and the toe was only about an inch tall. So… rather than pitch it, and because I am learning how to sharpen my own hand saws, and because some folks on here with more experience than I suggested it, I decided to perform surgery…. or in this case… SAWgery! This was a Disston D20 skewback. Kind of narrow in the toe to begin with, but this one had been just g...
well the other day i went out and did some sheeting on the end of the shopbut came in and passed out on the bed when the wind almost blew me off the ladder got up to go clean up and put the tools awayand got back to it after all as the wind had shiftedmanaged to put up 3 panelsby then it was dark and i fought the panels to get them rightas the light disappearedclamps levers and brute forcei couldn’t really see how it came outbut trusted things were OK from the flash picture th...
I posted earlier how I cut unneeded mortises in four table legs. Well today I started fixing this error. I decided to cut the motises and plug them with bow-tie keys. The legs are white oak. The keys are walnut. Now the mortise. Gluing it in place. Protect the sides and cut with a flush saw. Well shoot, this didn’t work too well. The saw dug in. I had trouble controlling it’s path. I’m sure it’s operator error. Unfortunately it may be to...
My friend, Travis Piper, showed me this table he has had since he was a kid; it’s thought to be from the 1930s. It’s very unique the way it folds up when picked up in the middle. I really like the design, shaker-esque in nature. I modeled it in Sketchup. My only change was to the skirt, adding an arch, instead of the mild scallopy profile that is on the original. My rendering’s metal support rails are a bit too slivery; I think I would make them a flat black, if I were to ma...
I had to rip some 5/4 boards down to 1/2”, only problem is i don’t have a bandsaw and my tablesaw is really crappy for ripping thin stock. Check out how I solved the issue with a temporary zero clearance insert by clicking here.
A few years ago, before we were married, Dana and I went to Ohio to visit her family. They all live close to Akron, which is most of a 10 hour drive, so we’ve always flown up there, and this time was no exception. As much as I’m a conservative, Dana’s mom is a liberal, so we try to avoid those kinds of topics. But one thing we all enjoy is going to estate sales, so more often than not, we’ll hit one or two every trip. On this particular trip, we happened by a sign that said a small fa...
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