My wife and I were in Woodcraft probably two years ago, and my two year old son loved the rocking horse they had there (although at the time he was afraid to sit on it by himself). So, I bought the plans. They have been in the closet for a few years. I keep meaning to build it, but there is always something else to be done. Well, I am taking the time to build it now. My oldest is now four and I have a two year old too. I think they will both love it (the youngest is not as scared of thi...
A few years ago I went to India with the daughter that we had adopted from there nearly twenty years ago. She and I spent a month together over there meeting the biological side of her family. Her bio prents were gone but she had three brothers and countless aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. For a while we stayed with the family of her sister in law who happened to live in a house next to a woodworking business where I spent a good deal of my time. Of course the owner didn’t s...
What a good day in the old shop. Finished the planer cart today and got the pics posted. Also posted a few older projects. Got a bit of picking up done but am dragging my feet on the actual cleaning. Ugh! I don’t have much in the way of dust collection yet so, the post project cleanup is the worst. Although, any time in the shop (even cleaning) is better than time most anywhere else!
Okay, so you’d think that doing the dovetail joints would have been the hardest part of this box, right? Me too. I figured on this nice leisurely Sunday afternoon, I’d do the simple task of cutting the rabbets into which the box bottom would fit. Then I’d glue the dovetails and heck, maybe even glue the bottom on. But it turned out to be not so simple, and after much groaning (and nearly cursing), I’m left with two busted pins and only one rabbet done. See, I realiz...
I was able to use my new workbench the other day to modify a cabinet door for a client. I did this favor so that I can test out my new bench. This opportunity gave me a chance to see the workability of the piece and what I need to build or modify to streamline the place. I realized I either need a bigger workbench or, I’m going to get my frequently used tools on the wall. But I didn’t get much shop time today to build my wall organization system. I blame daylight savings time. But the...
Hi Everyone,I’m having some difficulty navigating the Lumber jocks and am worried that all of you might think I am a Jackass. I will learn my way soon, for now you will have to bear with me. I want to thank everyone for welcoming me and consequently feel welcome. You sound like a great bunch of people. I do have some questions and observations to share with all, and will post some pictues of projects and jackass as soon as i can corner my son-in-law to show me around, I’m sure yo...
For about 5 years I made my living fixing computer systems for businesses who’s owner’s nephew knew something about computers. More often than not, my task was to take the work of a hobbyist and revise it for a professional environment. Contrary to what many believe, there is a vast difference between a professional computer person and a person who fiddles with their home system. Home and work are two different worlds. A while ago, I had a conversation with a friend who was ...
I have always had a fascination with Pacific Northwest woodcarvings and a couple of weeks ago I was in Vancouver and had a chance to visit a few places to see these carvings up close. I first went to Hills Native Art store which, though a retail outlet, is more like a museum or art gallery. It has hundreds of pieces of contemporary Native woodcarvings. Next I had the chance to spend an afternoon in Stanley Park where the high point of my day was a visit to Totem Park. There are eight To...
So seeing how woodworking is largely based on problem solving I tought I would post this to show you a recent problem that I had to solve. When I was routing the edge of one of my bent laminations I accidently nicked the sides leaving a nasty gouge. My heart sank thinking how much time and money I have invested in these laminations so far. Knowing that if I replace one lamination I would have to replace both since that they are matched from the same flitch of veneer and I would seriously ea...
I was wondering if anybody out there has one of Grizzly’s 16 1/2” dovetail machine, I priced Grizzly, Powermatic, and Shop Fox, by far the Grizzly is the lower priced, they all look practically identical (except for color) I usually don’t let price determine the product I buy but in this occasion the price swing is pretty great, the Grizzly is $2995.00 the Shop Fox is $3875.00 that price varies, and the Powermatic I can get from my supplier for $4595.00, it would be nice i...
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