Every day we are faced with hundreds of decisions to make. Most of them are simple and we don’t even notice we are making them. (What flavour of jelly you put on your toast, for example.) Some of them are more important and have lasting consequences. (While sitting in the eye doctor’s office and looking at a chart – “Which looks better to you? A or B?”) And others still may or may not have lasting impacts, but may eventually have a cumulative effect on you in...
I have had 2 surgeries on my shoulders this year. Left shoulder in May, right shoulder in November. Right was the big deal, torn muscle & other problems. Hope to get some function back soon but weeks of therapy. Grandma told me growing old was a bitch but who knew she was right. Hope to be able to get back to the workshop soon.
Long Story Short – Fingers are too valuable and I’m too inexperienced to NOT get a sawstop (I am a capitalist myself anyway). I sold my Ridgid granite-topped saw and bought a Sawstop 1.75 Professional Cabinet Model. Here it is arriving home for the first time: And Resting unopened comfortably. I probably won’t unpack it for a few weeks as I’ll be studying a good for an upcoming exam.
Fortunately, the weather forecasts were wrong for today – it ended up not raining and was actually quite nice. I took advantage of it by framing up all the walls for the playhouse. I did pretty basic methods for most of the walls – single bottom plate and 16” OC stud spacing (unless it made more sense to space otherwise in select areas). When I was on the 2nd season of All American Handyman, I got eliminated on a challenge where we had to build a shed. One of the two r...
This is my second attempt at the blog this morning. I had one partially written and something came up on my computer that made me shut down my browser and when I got back it was gone. Its a bit frustrating, seeing as things are supposed to be saved every so often, but sometimes things just happen. It wasn’t that exciting of a post anyway, as while yesterday I accomplished quite a bit, most of what I did was website stuff and pattern packet writing and stuff behind the scenes. That ...
Massive clearance sale… It appears that I have too much timber… according to SWMBO… and being in the market for a Laser Engraver… I have decided to have a massive clearance… nearly all the timber I have in stock will be sacraficed for the greater good… more room to buy more timber…lol… and room for the new laser as well as part funding of the new purchase… Unfortunately this sale will be for those close enough to come out and pi...
Once more Keith has come up with a winning machine… first the RouterMaster, then the SlabMaster and a few years ago, the Torque WorkCentre… many of you know I bought one and love it…... Now the machine we have all been waiting for… the CNC Router…Making its debut at the Maleny Wood Expo last weekend… Keith has been making industrial CNC machines for many years and is his passion…this is his first foray into the smaller more affordable machine...
As I indicated in the previous blog, I wanted to save a few bucks and took my “disposable” Ryobi knives to work and asked the tool room manager to try sharpening them. Instead of trying to match the angle of the knife, he just removed .010” off the back. And the results are impressive. They went from completely dull to razor sharp: Those are some pine shaving left over from surfacing some panels. I’m not sure how many more times they can be sharpened, but fo...
On my way out to the Scrollsaw several weeks ago I realized that I did not have the wood for the intended project. So it was either run to Rockler or find a different pattern. After pattern searching for about an hour I realized that this is pointless and a waste of time. Now I will admit to reading most all of Shelia’s blog’s on a daily basis. She always seems to have it under control. Also, I will admit that at one time, in my working life, I taught and sold Planning and Orga...
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