Last week I received the first of a few hand planes that I purchased off of eBay. I quickly took it down into my shop, clamped a piece of 1×8 pine into my Workmate, and planed until there was just about 1 inch left. The sound, the smell, the feel and the site of the shavings exiting the plane—totally addicting. It is so addicting and relaxing that I am trying to figure out a way to use and hand plane in my office. Honest, I’m not kidding. Whenever things get too stress...
My mobile base arrived last Thursday and I’ve been chomping at the bit to get my work week over so I could put it on the saw. Today it went together pretty easy with one exception: the directions have some problems. If you buy one of these, HTC3000 Heavy Duty base, it tells you that you need a 1/2, a 7/16 and some other wrenches all standard sizes. NOT!!!! This thing is metric through and through. It was a small annoyance but once I realized what was going on, it went together really ea...
I went out this morning to putter and ended up doing about 5 one hour sessions with coffee breaks inbetween. We really couldn’t do anything yesterday because my youngest grandson made his first communion so we spent the day with the whole family which is always fun to do. I have always tried to live by a rule that I saw somewhere that says “every time you go in the shop, put 10 things away”. Don’t know where I saw it but for many years it was a hard and fast rule ...
I saw a post on my other favorite website besides Lumberjocks today called Regretsy, and was pretty surprised at one of the listings today. A seller on Etsy an item listed that I think most of us would find difficult to get rid of, let alone sell or make $20 plus $8 S&H. Still, who knows – perhaps these things are selling like hot cakes and there’s money to be made. I would imagine it would easiest to sell in a mason jar, or preferably pictured on aged barnwood! Reduce, ...
It doesn’t take long to realize standing on concrete sucks. I looked into a few different options decided to go with product called Dricore sold locally thru HomeDepot and Lowes. Since the square footage of my floor is less then 200.00 price worked for my budge plus its easy to install and works great for concrete. The price works out to around 1.50 SF. I started by sealing the concrete to help with moisture. I then layed out the tiles and alternated seams on each row.. The tiles c...
This was the question that my daughter asked me on the way to dinner last night. I tried to explain the central pivot point and she kind of got it, but since most teeter totters or see-saws today are nice and kid friendly (unlike those ones some of us grew up with) and use a large spring in the middle instead. We decided we would make one in order for her to use it for her doll house. This by no means is fine woodworking, but it was a great time having her help me in the shop today. Wi...
I was sent this flyer by Delta Machinery, thought I would share this with you all. If you are looking for some knew toys for your shop, you can pick up some great deals here, and of course the quality, innovation, and craftsmanship with the Delta name…. Wish I waited on some of my buys.. LOL…........Have never paid full price for tools, always 15%, thats the way to shop. http://www.deltamachinery.com/downloads/promotions/DELTA-FWPROMO-11-WEB.pdf Thanks, Michael FreyPortla...
Until recently the dust collection system, in my basement shop, consisted of a broom, dust pan and window fan. Then a really good Craig’s List find and some some subtle hints from Mimi (”YOU do the dusting and you’ll see just how bad it is!!”) has upgraded the old way. Although the system isn’t the most powerful- 1 1/2 hp- it has really made a difference; especially when I remember to open the correct blast gate. One thing I discovered is in order to maintain pea...
In this part of the build… burying the treasure…the Skull and Bones buttons… I have started off by drilling a through hole in the centre of the curved end… yes I has a lot of confirmation that the curved end looked better… and then rounded over the edges.. Next … the holes were dug… OK I used a forstner bit to drill holes to bury the buttons…You can see that even with no finish on this the timber is outstanding… Here we see the bu...
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