Just thought I’d post a quick update. My birthday is coming up (tomorrow), and my friend Susan heard about my new interest in woodworking. Given that she knows pretty much everyone, she took me to one of her friend’s houses for lunch who had apprenticed as a woodworker in the past and had a shop in his garage. Lunch was great, and I got a lesson to boot! I received some great tips on how to hand cut dovetails, and I also used some nice tools for the first time. Sharp chisels an...
I have had to retire the inspirational chair… do not be concerned …it is still in the shed… just relegated to the far corner… As you can see, it is a little worse for wear… just like I had been feeling lately… But as you can see from the following photographs… In Kit form.. Remove the protective bubble wrap and attach the seat to the frame using 4 bolts and the spanner and allen key supplied. Now I will be inspired by a sleek modern cha...
I was thinking about buying a new jointer from grizzly. I even traveled to the showroom in Muncy, PA to look at them. But I ended up getting this from a school auction. I plan on stripping the old paint and painting it a shade of blue.
Vintage Tool Rehab Projects #12: How to (and not to) repair that tote: My Stanley Bailey #7 Type 11 journey.
When I first got back into woodworking, there was a period where I scoured Ebay for hand planes. Along the way I picked up a Stanley Bailey #7, Type 11 jointer for $61.04. At the time, I thought it was a really good price. But with some experience behind me, the main reason it was so “affordable” was that the beaver tail on the rear tote was broken off. Still, I didn’t give much thought to it…until I built my saw bench and used the #7 to dimension the legs. I got a nas...
The other day i was driving along and saw a few big logs hangin out on the side of the road. From the road it looked like black locust but when i finally went and picked it up with my truck, it looked like some sort of apple wood. The wood was like a pinkish, red color. I was very excited to open the logs up and get some slabs out of it as I have been looking to make a natural edge bench. Upon slabbing the wood and finally planing it, I found that the wood had a grain reminiscent of maple. Th...
I’ve been taking it easy lately due to my back, the pain medication makes me feel like I’m drunk and I’m pretty sure that is not a good thing when trying to use anything in the wood shop. My Dad helped me finish my lumber rack when he visited, who knows how long that would have taken if he hadn’t of helped me. A few days after my Dad visited my youngest sister stayed with me (she was staying with some cousins up in St. Augustine and I picked her up and had her at my ho...
I know a lot of people have built this clock, but it was the only thing I could think of for my dads birthday. My dads in a new office, so I knew it would be great in there. Its made out of 1’ thick walnut and maple. The frame is walnut, and the clock piece is maple. The dowels are oak, so there very strong. The clock you can buy at craft stores. The prices range from $8.99-$18.99, I bought the cheapest one, at $9.99. Here’s a photo of the clock, Thanks AJ
Re-design on the fly can lead to many changes in a project from minute to minute, I am quickly learning. I finished the sanding of the cross pieces to get the proper thickness and laid them out. It was than I realized, I need to make two of these now. In order for me to get the design I have visioned in my head, I need to remake the cross as a solid piece. I’m cheap, which means I don’t want to throw away the material and time I have already spent on making the cross pieces, so wh...
On this LIVE Cast … I talk with viewers about places we get our woodworking supplies.
Please click here for this image heavy post. For those of you who don’t know me, I am an amateur astronomer (besides dabbling in woodworking, writing, art, etc…). I started an astronomy at Wordpress lately to post pictures I’ve been taking through my telescope and other tidbits. I thought of a way yesterday to merge my two biggest hobbies, astronomy and woodworking. I decided to make a base for my Telrad reflex sight, to fit atop the Texas Yard Cannon. And, to make...
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