I thought I would post an update on the bench. It has taken me a while to get the top together because I didn’t want to have any mistakes. I’m pretty happy with the results even though I did end up with two issues with the dog holes because of over sight. The first thing I did was to get the pattern makers vise and a set of square dogs so I could get it laid out the way I needed it to be. Here are the pieces before I cut the square holes. This is my TS sled with the 3 deg...
In my business I have a friend, who’s dad was an old woodworker. The man is getting older. So yesterday my friend came by and said: “Here this toolbox is yours. So i opened the toolbox, and at first view not very exiting. But after I pulled out the tray, I found the treasure. And I started to pull out the saw’s one by one. Some of the not so old, but some are some cool looking ones. I have my work cut out, restoring some of these.
I know the initial reactions to most Craftsman tools from serious wood workers are typically 1) they are overpriced (at least when not on sale) and 2) they really aren’t that great in terms of quality. Most of the time I would agree with those sentiments, but when I buy Craftsman I typically look for closeouts, clearance, or door-buster deals. If you keep an eye out, you can typically find some good deals on Craftsman tools, making them quite reasonable. I will readily concede that t...
Otis Redding, I’ve Got Dreams to Remember. Thanks Jamie.
Last spring, we had the pleasure of spending some time in Hawaii. I am not usually interested in collecting souvenirs. However, there was a store there called the Koa Store which had lots of items made from Koa, but also had a selection of Koa lumber. That got my interest! The pieces ranged from straight grained all the way to premium curly. Premium Curly Koa is expensive! One of the choices they offered was a boxed set of pre selected lumber. I asked about buying individual pieces out the...
After you either have your hunk of wood chosen, or you’ve glue-up a hunk of wood, it’s time to design your bandsaw box. There are numerous ways of doing this… you can simply freehand the entire thing in a freeform sort of way, or you can draw your design on a piece of paper and then use spray adhesive to attach the cutout design onto the block of wood, or you can draw the lines for the box directly onto the wood, or you can do what I did and use tracing paper. Since I kne...
I mentioned it in the previous post and as I was working on the drawers I had the main carcass take the finish to make use of time. Mahogany much like Oak has large open pores. My finishing goal was more for practice than necessity, but I was aiming for an antique polished look – shiny outside. I knew I would have to fill in those pores if I want an even polished surface. So my plan was to start with a filler coat which I tried to concoct using dewaxed shellac and mahogany sanding sa...
Well, today will be short as I am already late out of the gate . . . It seems that I never find myself short of things to do. I suppose that is part of owning my own business. Last night I had an order in the middle of the night and the customer brought to my attention that on his receipt that he received in the confirmation email, it only showed one item. He had ordered three items and forwarded the receipt to me and I thought it was strange because even though only one item showed on...
The power company had to cut down my Cedar tree because it had overgrown an access gate and they couldn’t get into it. Before I had a chance to ask them to leave it in 10’ logs so I could get it milled they had it cut into firewood lengths. :( So if you see me posting a ton of small Cedar jewelry boxes next year you’ll know why … Or maybe I’ll finally buy a lathe and turn some big bowls.
Hey guys – this isnt my normal posting for this blog, but had to show it!! these are called Sleeper Cells by Suzanne Husky. Enjoy (ps – i havent had time to do any research for the next blog in the serious, what do you guys want to see??)
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