The only things that were keeping me from moving into “This Old Crack House” was $80,000, the estimated cost of the new addition, the sale of my existing house, approval to build on the vacant lot, and a design and plans that I could build from. Oh, and did I mention that I was headed for a strike and all indications were it would be a long one? No Problem, I thought to myself. However, it was a problem, but no more than anything else I had faced and tackled with the purchase an...
I just posted this on my experimantal podcast and thought it would be a great way to complete my Boy Scout Woodworking Merit Badge series. How cool is this? As the counselor for the woodworking merit badge, I got to accompany our boys on their visit to the local Rockler Store – a woodworker’s dream come true! I did capture a short video clip – sorry it isn’t longer – I was distracted by all the tools! The Troop 728 Woodworking Merit Badge culminated with a vi...
Has anyone read this article in the FWW latest eLetter regarding sketchup ? http://blogs.taunton.com/n/blogs/blog.aspx?nav=main&entry=63&webtag=fw-designforum If so, does it help you with your drawings ?God bless
I’ve decided that by far, this is my favorite style of homes, furniture and decor. A few months back, Laurie and I thought about moving out of our little starter home and was looking at older homes. After weighing the pros and cons of selling, buying and moving we decided to just stay where we’re at for a few years and move when the kids finally take flight out of the nest. The back of our house looks out onto common grounds and just beyond that is woods owned by the Army Corp ...
So, here I sit. I’ve got my Stanley #4 sitting in a nice warm bath of citric acid, getting rid of all the rust. This is the one that I purchased with a Stanley #919 10” bit brace for a whopping $1.25. I wanted the brace, for a stupid reason really (The H.O. Studley tool chest had one…how’s that for stupid reasons?). However, when I purchased these two, I saw the diamonds in the rough. No one else on eBay really cared about the brace, and the plane looked horrible....
Sandbar is the name of the next house I am trimming for Specialty Builders, LLC. After many long evenings playing around with Google Sketchup to draw detailed drawings of the kitchen, and then using Cut List Plus (thanks to a recommendation from Lee Jesberger’s site: prowoodworkingtips.com!) to set up my plywood cutting, I have begun cutting said plywood to size. Cut List Plus is tremendous! It is saving me from having too much waste, plus the option of printing labels for each part ...
I am quickly beginning to understand the difference between a craftsman and someone who dabbles with wood. I am quite sure that the main difference between a craftsman and the dabbler is the desire to do more than dabble. I recently helped my friend with an island that he had been building. during the construction he had mounted some hardware that was about 1/16th off what he had determined was acceptable. Without a second’s hesitation, he disassembled the whole thing so that he could c...
Interesting clamping challenges abound in this project. In the picture you can see the solution for attaching the top of the guitar. Take a look at my latest post to see what they are and how they are used. Thanks for reading!
It’s been three weeks since I started my Album cover art series. You’ve seen me woodburn Eddie and the metal monsters of Iron Maiden and you saw Colonel Claypool and the Primus crew. But now I want to hear from you lumberjocks what record album cover do you want me to woodburn. If you have an idea of your own you can certainly comment it or you could choose some I listed. 1. AC DC2.Dragonforce3.Aerosmith4.Rush
I’ve been working on a small hanging shelf that is suppose to be testing out my new table saw: in reality it is my table saw testing me out. I made the mistake of cutting my dados with a wobble blade instead of waiting to buy an actual set of Freud dado blades- but at the time it seemed like I could get away with it. Its b/c these dados turned out so bad that I went out and bought the right kind of blade for the job I was doing. Why- WHY! So my mistake is now having dados which re...
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