As time goes on, it seems that the world is migrating more and more towards instant gratification. We are continually looking for ways to have things completed in record time, with fewer steps and the least amount of effort. While I realize that this is not news to anyone, I just wanted to bring it up to make my point. While doing things more quickly and efficiently can be a very positive thing, I sometimes find myself wondering what the hurrying is all about. Yes, I understand when we a...
I would love to for you to post picture of burls. I believe a burl is one of God’s coolest creations.So I challenge you to post the coolest burl in the world! For all of you who would like free burl please register at Oregon Burls. At the end of every month Oregon Burls will be giving away a nice piece of figured or burled wood. Again you must register on the home page. Also Oregon Burls is creating a Lumber Jocks Page where there will be special pricing and free shipping just fo...
I have a Hitachi C10FL tablesaw. It is often maligned for having flimsy legs. It does. But, I am going to back the existing legs with some angle iron and that will solve that rather inconsequential problem. I say “inconsequential” because it has not been a “problem.” The only way it actually affects anything is in moving the saw. This saw closely resembles Lowe’s new Porter-Cable saw except it (the PC) has a stronger one pedal actuated off the floor lift. Th...
I had to chamfer some small frame pieces but didn’t want to simply hold the pieces in my hand and run a block plane over them. Since I don’t have a chamfering plane I had to improvise. Thanks for your time.
Starts down in the Dungeon Shop. I have a belt sander set up in a vise. And a pair of block plane irons to work over. This is how they looked when they came back from the Dungeon Shop. Backs were flat… and the makings of a decent 25 degree bevel for the edge. Next up, the first of three oil stones… A cheap, little Buck Brothers from Home depot last year. Two grits, don’t remember what they were. Gave it an oil bath, and worked both irons on both side...
I’m attempting to get enough post to allow me to send a message to other jocks. I’m in the middle of a project and need some dimensions from Vincent Nocito. Vincent, if you are out there and can read this I would appreciate communicating with you.Thanks, JohnEP
So far, we are making it through the snowstorm without incident. I suppose that being prepared is one of the reasons why. It always seems that if you spend the time to get ready for things like this, more often than not you sail through the event unscathed. If you are lucky that is. I woke up this morning to much less snow than I anticipated. While we did get our share, I am quite sure we still have more in store for the day. But it seems like the worst part of the storm is already nor...
i think i’m near the final draft. with each caster being independent and being nearly directly under each of the fulcrums (instead of a piece in the middle), i’m able to raise this makeshift table with jointer & jointer stand onboard with ease. I removed the middle piece idea from previous versions, i also rotated the casters to they follow the “throw” of the bottom 1×4 instead of against the grain. this allows the top 1×4 to be thrown all the way vert...
Even though the majority of fretwork projects are pretty complex and elegant, I have always liked the charm of a more primitive style. There is something about the simplicity of primitive and country decorating that never fails to put a smile on my face. When I lived in the Chicago area, much of my house was decorated in a country style, and I thought that it had a warm and welcoming feeling to it. One of the fun things about being a designer is that I am able to explore many different ty...
The Roof on our Apartment building sustained a little damage this past Winter. After the snow melted, I found the remains of two Slate shingles, out of the hundreds that are up there… The one in the front didn’t survive the fall, but the one in the back put me of a mind to make something, if I can only square it up a little…Back in my landscaping days, in the late “70’s, we cut tons of Granite for Walkways and Stairs. It’s a lot of work, but relatively e...
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