The finished product is certainly not a masterpiece, but it was nice to play around and get introduced to a few new techniques. I had a very funny piece of wood, in that one corner of my workpiece tended to split when i carved it, which made it quite difficult to shape on that one side… i noticed the grain behaved very strangely in that area, so i learned a little more about the properties of wood too i suppose :) I’m going to make another one in the future now that i’m b...
I found a stuff for Guys garage sale and bought a Sears Shaper Model No. 103.23920 on a wobbly steel standwith a 1 hp, 11.4 amp motor (I was able to print out an operating manual from Old woodworking tools) and an old Delta 6” jointer Model 2-961 mounted on knocked together wood base, it is similar to Delta Model 37-205that was manufactured circa 1945 except for the lack of a base. I have not been able to locate a manual forthis so will contact the closest Service Center in Spokane on ...
Good Afternoon all. Been awhile since I could get on here. Aside from my work schedule, my wife experienced the trauma of having to vacate her apartment due to a fire that broke out in a neighboring apartment. Building is shot with a few apartments totally decimated. Fortunately, hers was not destroyed and the majority of her things salvageable. I had to help her move her things into storage and she is staying with her folks until she finds a new place. Nobody was injured and all pets were...
OK LJs, I need some help here. I went back to the barn where I got my Performax and picked up the clamps Ralph had. As I was leaving I walked by a wood pile and these two pieces were just laying on the ground. I kicked them over as asked what they were. He had no idea and said if I wanted them, they were mine. I was told by my wise old uncle one time, “NEVER PASS UP FREE WOOD”. So I threw them into the truck. I need help in trying to identifying them. The are local Pacific...
Well I’m off to a good start. Tonight I milled my lumber 4/4 down to 3/4” & 1/2”, and was able to cut to length all the 3/4 pieces. I got to use my new DeWalt 734 planer for the first time (not including test pieces last weekend) and let me tell you I got schooled when it comes to keeping my eye on my DC. I have a 6 gal shop vac attached to a Onieda cyclone that sits atop a 5 gal bucket. I didn’t empty the 5 gal before I got started… Yeah… Needless to...
There’s a new poll available on the Little Good Pieces blog – “Shop Finishes.” What is your finish of choice for projects for use in the shop? Let us know and then check back to see how your opinion stacks up. http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com/2010/10/24/finishes-for-shop-projects/
Here are a few pics of the maple and alder collecting I did last fall and late summer out at the tree farm. A few whacks with the maul on a couple of wedges turns this into these ;-)) This double grab hook comes in real handy Easy to open when it gets bound up too tight :-)) Handy for lifting logs too The Tree Farm is on the far end of the low hill in the foreground. It is just about dead center in the picture where the darkest green gets a bit lighter for the next hill...
It turned out to be a very good day yesterday. I was able to stay focused and not only finish up my work for the customer that had draw the plaques for him, but I also drew up another tray (start to finish) that I will be able to cut today. I like days like that. I felt as if I accomplished a lot and got to check a couple of things off of the list. For some reason, it seems that when there are lots of little loose ends hanging they tend to overwhelm me. It isn’t as if they take a...
...the cow takes the cake. Not sure what that means, but it’s a saying in our household. It’s a strange household. I am making progress on the bench, but as before, I get hung up mentally when I come to big steps in the process. But first, a glimpse into how I do my glueups. After applying glue to both faces to be glued up, I place the new piece on the very top of the stack and clamp it with my 48”-ers, long side down. What appears to be a misalignment of that top board i...
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