As you may know if you have been following this blog I have been struggling with the heat this year in the can. For some reason this year heat has just been a real problem. In the past, it was not that bad and with both doors open I did not always need a fan to work comfortably. This year though it seems that it has not been as windy as usual and the can has been been getting quite hot even with both doors open and a fan running. Some days lately it has been so bad I have resorted to working ...
I have these wonderful slabs of dogwood, but i want to use some in outdoor benches. Is there anything i can use (indoors or out) that will keep the nice pink without neutralizing it or darkening the whole piece?
Part of the reason that I like my job so much is that there are so many different aspects involved in the day to day activity of it, it never seems mundane or boring. Sure, it would be great if I could just scroll saw all the time and not have to worry about anything else, but I think that after a while, even that would lose its luster and not be much fun. Having a job that is fun and exciting is something that everyone wants and few people have. We have all heard the saying “It is...
I’m trying something new, to insert a picture and comment on them in order so we’ll all know if it works.The first picture is the bearings as I found them and it appears someone tried to ” shim ” by dripping blobs of Babbitt. The next picture shows me melting the old Babbitt out with a propane torch, lead Babbitt has a low melting point. The next picture is 5lbs of Stonewall Babbitt, $50. +$25 shipping. The size of half a girls softball. Now...
Woodworking projects under way. #19: The inlay set has arrived. Pattern laid out and cut for the template.
In what little time I had to work with it over the last few evenings, I have drawn up the pattern for the inlay in 3/16” tempered hardboard. cut it out, and started sanding it smooth. I am close, but not exactly where I want to be with this template, a little bit more work and I should be right where I want to be… Now comes the fun part… Setting the depth for the plunge router base… This has never been a process I am particularly fond of. The idea is to start the ro...
I was just about to bite the bullet and purchase a lathe tool sharpening jig (about $100), when I decided at the last minute to check Craigslist. But what are the chances of finding a lathe tool sharpening jig on CL in Salem, Oregon? Well, surprise, surprise. Not only that, but it was NEW IN BOX and I picked it for half the price of a new one! Moral of the story, always check CL first :-) I haven’t had a chance to mount it up and try it out yet, but I’ll let y’all...
Christopher Schwarz posted the “First Look: The H.O. Studley Toolbox”. This is a very early look at then new book “Virtuoso: The Toolbox of Henry O. Studley” by Don Williams. Oh this is so exciting! I have dreamed for a long time to see the inner most workings of this toolchest. And to find out more information about the man responsible for creating this amazing chest and lots of the tools within it. So when is the pre-order guys? This might have to be a leather bo...
This is really just a prototype….......... I aquired the vacuum pump a year ago for $5.00….and shame on me for not putting it to work until now. All the parts shown are “found”, not specifically fashioned for this purpose. The motivation to build something now is I have to sand ALOT of thin parts. The idea was to make a jig to hold the thin parts over a belt sander or a sheet sander without grinding away my fingertips…. The platen is a scrap pa...
These images document some of the process of my most recent completed project which was a reliquary dedicated to my Mother. The requirement for this project was to design and make a Reliquary utilizing a door and a drawer. Our warm up project was to fit a drawer with half blind dovetails to a previously made carcass of MDF by our professor Rich Tannen. This was my first real go at dovetails. Some of the proportions were off as to what I wanted but I was pleased with the craftsmans...
I’ve been busy this week working. So my burls haven’t got alot of attention since I piled them up. We’ve also been getting alot of rain. Since it’s so wet I’m going to paint the exposed sides next week. I think I have some old exterior latex paint in the shop that should work. I have never worked with burls but I’m excited to do it. I’ve always admired the terrific figure. To me the natural beauty of the wood could stand on it’s ow...
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