I woke up in the post op care area in extreme pain. I remember telling the nurse over and over, “it hurts.” She quickly got more pain medicine into my IV. I looked down at my hand and saw both fingers were individually wrapped up. The first thing I did was put my wrapped up index finger next to the one on the other hand and compared the length. It looked long enough to still all be there, so I was a little relieved. When I was awake enough to move, they took me back to my ...
Going about this solo with no help. Rented Home Depot drywall lift. Each sheet is 4’x12’ 105lb 5/8” Fire-X. 10 sheets total. Had HD deliver 10 sheets as I have no reliable method to transport 1,000lbs of 12’ drywall. Took down lights and electrical faceplates. Added an extra 220v 10/2 wire since I have a home for my 220v 3HP Grizzly DC, and 2 extra 110v 12/2 wire runs along a far wall (thought best to have the outlets there when I sheetrocked ceiling before too l...
I decided to go back and redo the exterior walls. I wanted to learn how to use my router anyways so I thought I should start here. I am not sure whats its call but I make grooves for the shelving units to fit into as well as the front face of the case. I was originally just going to have it set in place and clasp onto the front but thought it would look nice if it had a channel to rest into. The router works great and I think i got the hang of it. So far everything is coming out much nicer th...
I was fortunate enough to catch a few deals on tools that I have been wanting. I was doing a CL search for a jointer and was almost sold on a Jet 6” jointer for $450, with a minimum amount of $400. The same night i looked a bit further distance away (75mi) and found a 6” Powermatic 54A for $500. No blades, no mobile base, No accessories. I picked it up early the next morning. The was a 20”Jet planer for $1200 and a Grizzly 15” for 800, but they weren’t budg...
A good friend of the wood working community, Marc Spagnoulo aka The Wood Whisperer, was testing General Finishes new product, Wood Turners Finish (WTF). Yes that’s what they call it. He doesn’t do many turnings and ask if I was up for testing the product and writing a review. I was very excited about doing this. Here is the link to the article on his site: http://thewoodwhisperer.com/general-finishes-wood-turners-finish/Marc has his review of wiping it onto a board and then m...
So I’ve had the Performax 10-20 plus for a while and really liked it, but in the back of my head I’ve been sort of thinking a bigger one would be nice. I happened to be browsing CL and came across a guy selling a Performax 16-32 plus with stand, extension tables and a 3/4 HP Delta dust collector for $600 last Friday. I went by to look and it was clean and everything ran like it should, so I took it. I figured that parting out the dust collector I’d be looking at $500 fo...
I’ve finally took the plunge to hand cutting dovetails. I used scrap 2×4 blocks to work on. The 1st joint’s tail is a bit oversized, but I think joints 2 and 3 worked out fairly well. The satisfaction of having a dovetail joint slip together with a snap is just awesome. Joint 2 went together the easiest and fastest. My goal is to have 10 good dovetails made on scraps before I start building storage chests. Joint 1 was purposely cut undersized so I could use a rasp...
A few weeks ago, picked a slab of wood at a yard sale, for a dollar bill… Slab was 5’ long, just over 1” thick. At the narrow end, it was over 12” wide, far end was 17” counting the bark.I resawed it down to something I could use. Then decided to resaw these into 1/2” thick slabs… Had decent luck with two of the slabs, the other two? Not so nice. Well, maybe I can “make do” with the better stuff? Crosscut the better of the...
Man! It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything. Now that we’ve made some headway on the house my attention is starting to turn toward the shop. http://secondwindworkshop.blogspot.com/2011/10/movin-on-down.html
My true passion is to be a blacksmith, so today I did a little bit of that to build my big wheel axle. I mounted it to the wheel I turned and set the treadle bar with extended hinges I set the treadle with 3-5/16” dowels and positioned it correctly to the footman Finally…..the big wheel is turning!! https://www.facebook.com/128480437202935/videos/1229799870404314/ Thanks for looking !!
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