Well DIY if you have access to a metal lathe anyway. I’m working on a small stool, that I want to assemble with hidden dowels, this off course calls for some dowel markers and therefore is an excuse to go tool shopping. However my local supplier had sold out the size I needed and it kept being out of stock when I checked by, so I decided it was a good time to make my own. I used a metal lathe before but it was about 25 years ago, So I had a friend run me through the basics and ...
There is nothing quite like holding a well-made woodworking tool in your hand, whether it is the solid heft of a Bailey #5 or the warm and silky feel of a well-used brass and rosewood square. This past Christmas was most definitely a “woodworking Christmas” for me. Aside from some much needed winter boots (my last pair was bordering on 15 years old… one of my few possessions left over from college) almost every gift I received had something to do with woodworking. I never ask for a lot (...
Well today is the day before, I go back in the Hospitol tommorow for another Heart Catheter, I seem to be having a little trouble with this ticker, Last August the put in one stint, and they will be checking on it and see if my back vein i still pumping at 56% ir see if I my need another stint back there. If everything is OK I’ll get to come home tommorow, but if they have to do anything, I’ll be staying overnight for observation. All my family is praying that I’ll come out ...
or another title option, I need more clamps! There is nothing as great as an unexpected free day. Despite the fact I had to put in a 10.5 hour monday to get it. We lumberjocks are a funny lot, while people are watching TV, movies, or playing videogames on an otherwise “free” or “mental health day”, we head down into the shop to work for our fun. And today I was no exception. I was going to see how much of “Box #3” I could get done! I pulled out a c...
Lets get… tech-ni-cal…tech-ni-cal… I wanna get technical… I get technical questions from time to time from folks who I esteem to be a lot more knowledgeable than myself in the woodworking field. Being an artist seems to put an eccentric bent to everything I do, so I have a hard time dispensing technical advice because so much of what I do is experimental and spontaneous, rather than technically correct. When people ask me technical questions, or I’m around technically advanced woo...
This end result is a nice little side table, but I must confess, it is not up to my standards. It will make a nice table along side the couch. I’m finishing in haste to get the subscription to PW, but I will continue my challenge and improve this table more at a later date. My son (age 3) loves to hang out in the woodshop, so he can help me. Bottom line, the baby girl goes to the doctor on time, I get my challenge finished, and my son gets to help me finish it next week! Legs, si...
Prior to moving into my house a tree was removed from the back yard. It was a cedar which was approximately 60’ tall. Some guy said he wanted the base of the trunk saved for a carving but he never came to get it. Does anyone in the Northern Cal area have a portable mill? Anyone need some large cedar logs?
In part 4 of this workbench adventure, I’ve added some ash strips to the sides with oak pegs and planed them down flat to the benchtop. The ash is from an old tree I took down in my mother’s back yard and it’s been drying since early spring. It’s the first time I’ve used any of it and it was fun to plane it down and see how it finally turned out.I designed a base within the limits of two 12 foot 2×12s. I looked around a few local yards, but found some fairly...
At class Thursday night I finished both of the softball bats. First step was to burnish the bats using a dog’s chew bone (without the meaty center :-) ). This was done with the bats loaded into the lathe, but with the lathe off. With that completed it was time to coat the bats with oil (natural Danish oil). This was done with the lathe spinning at the slowest speed. And finally the bats were shined using handfuls of shavings (courtesy of the dust collection system). With the...
Something happened, but I don’t know what! I missed the construction guy who was waiting for the inspector. But, the good news is that there is some trim up around the windows and doors that was not there this morning….I think that bodes good news…....at least I hope so. I emailed the General Contractor to find out the status. There is still some painted trim on the floor of the shop, so there is more work to be done. I do know that today’s inspector had to come b...
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