Decided one day I wanted to carve my own gunstock, for the old Cooey single shot .22 my Dad gave me. I bought a big chunk of walnut and cut out an outline I traced from the old stock. I measured out the seating for the barrel and action and carved it out using chisels and gouges. Most of shaping was done with a chisel, spokeshave and a rasp. I started some rough sanding at 40 grit, but still a long way to go.
My tool picking has been rather slow and uneventful for a while. About a month ago, I ran up on this tool box for $3 at a yard sale. Cramer Products, Inc. is a 90+ year-old Sports Medicine equpiment company. I am guessing the toolbox originally belonged to one of their service people. The toolbox had been sitting in a barn for years, in about two inches of water part of that time. The first thing, I washed the toolbox with a grease cutting car wash and dried completely. ...
So a couple of months ago is started this project. It ended up in the corner of my shop as time did not allow me to move forward with it. I saw it yesterday and decided to get it moving again. I just needed something really simple for my bathroom. So here is the progress I’ve made. I used some old scraps of plywood, poplar and pine to put it together using pocket screws. I had some mouldings sitting around that i use on the top. It’s only got primer on it now so I still have so...
There has been a great deal of chatter across the interweb on saw files, or the lack thereof, and if nothing else it’s heightened my awareness as I look through rust piles at fleas, auctions, etc. Yesterday I stopped at what otherwise is a regular haunt to find an irregular site: Bins containing saw files marked $1, $2, $3 etc based on length. Well, I bunched up all the Keen Kutter files in whatever bin had them, then rounded out the search will files marked Nicholson USA and even a ...
After using Evaporust and “The Works”, I would much prefer using Evaporust if I could. I did a test run of The Works on some of the parts that were too large for my 1 quart of Evaporust, and everything went well. “TW” is extremely fast and not only dissolves the rust but it gets rid of any remaining paint and grime, the stuff is powerful. I shot a brief video, but watching rust dissolve is akin to watching water boil, not very entertaining. I found it is importan...
Next, I had to come up with a new insert for the table. The saw came with a plywood table over the existing cast iron table, so there was no insert. I tried to buy an insert, but they do not seem to be made any longer for this saw. I had a piece of cutting board lying around the shop that I failed in making a TS insert in the past. I got out a circle cutter (the fly style cutter type) and cut out the shape on my drill press fairly easily. I then set up my router to cut off material to pr...
This month, I created a video on the culture, vision,, and construction that went into the Urnes Stave Church in Norway. The video can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBcfMtsp2F8
Well, this morning I had an “Aww Piss” moment over my morning coffee. I was sitting at the bench and decided to do a quick dry fit of the top to see where the secondary wall would land on it when I noticed I had made a HUGE error. I rabbeted the wrong side of the top! I had checked and re-checked before cutting it but somehow STILL ended up getting the wrong end. So now I have a rabbet joint along the front edge of the top panel. My thinking on how to hide th...
This Fall I hung my boat from the garage. It involved some two-by material and some ceiling joists, so I figured there was enough wood involved to merit a posting here. My goals behind the design were: To keep costs low. All components must be rated to withstand at least double the weight of the boat (150 lbs.). Be safe for the household’s children. All “failure points” should have redundant backups. I started with 2×8 supports, which I cut to follow the ...
Watch Here Part 1 – repairing a rolling pin. Part two making a new rolling pin.
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