When I picked up the old upright piano from a lady up in Deadwood some months back I promised her I’d make something out of the old thing for her. Sheesh….months of disassembling an old piano whose soundboard is cracked…the tuning pegs can’t hold a tune….most folks would toss the old piano out at the dump. Not BarryW….I have to disassemble this piano piece by piece. Some time ago I blogged about using the bottom half of the piano for a workbench support....
The day after his wife disappeared in a kayaking accident, a Canadian man answered his door to find two grim-faced Mounties. ‘We’re sorry sir, But we have some information about your wife,’ said one Mountie.‘Tell me! Did you find her?’ the anguished husband sobbed.The Mounties looked at each other. One said, ‘We have some bad news, some good news, and some really great news. Which do you want to hear first?’Fearing the worst, the ashen husband said, &...
Last night I went to the auction in the town where I live and could not believe what they had on the auction block, it was a vintage beech workbench top with a wooden vice. It didn’t seem like no one wanted it so I made a starting bid of two dollars, and my bid turned out to be the only bid. So, I got this workbench top for two dollars. The top is in rough shape but I think I can bring it back with a little work and a new base. Last week at this same auction, I was able to buy an olde...
I’ll keep this brief as I gave a full account in the project section. I wanted to have it within this series as well, however as it is applicable. I’d suggest this to anyone that will not be using this tool on a daily basis. It does a good job leveling out dadoes and grooves. It does a fair job with hinge mortising as well, but I still prefer a laminate router and light chiseling for this application. Check out the project link for construction details and shots.
Well, I have been asked to get back in to my workshop and dust off my power tools (no pun intended) by my wife and make her a potato/onion bin. This is the first project since the birth of our first child back in early february. It has been a long time since I have been in my shop and it is nice to get back on a project even though it has been more difficult to find the time after work to complete it. Also, I have been strongly considering buying a dust collector (kids don’t do well ...
So I need to get myself a dado blade. There was an article i had read i believe on Rockler.com a few months back that went through how to pick the correct dado blade for your saw. I have the old Craftman contractors saw with the flex drive. It’s on 110v. But in a few months I am going to pick up the new Sawstop contractors saw. I don’t want to “wobble” blade those things look and sound like nothing but a pain in the butt with poor results.
It’s been a few days since I’ve worked on this—- and won’t be doing much today, but I’m working on the drawer for the hall table. This is how I’ve redrawn it. The sides are 1/2” x. 10.25” x 3.5” Drew the first side to above dimensions and then made it into a component. Then moved the side to 13 7/8” (outside to outside) and then flipped along red axis. (Because this is a basic rectangle – flipping it won̵...
Over the last few days I have been making some peg games for a craft show that I have coming up. As I had come up with a way for me to cut then on the TS (just a board with a hole in it that I could hold against the fence). I had an awesome idea to make a jug that rides on the fence instead of against it. All this talk of jigs over this last week I thought I had better get busy and make some of my own. So that is what I have been upto the last few days. I have also been surfing the LJ site mo...
About a week ago my wife surprised me with the offer to hire someone to finish installing the ceiling in my shop…I don’t seem to ever have enough time to get in there and do it and I was finding it difficult to do singlehandedly. Well Jenn hired a fellow two days ago and he expressed an interest in having some of the benches and big tools moved before he started. Jenn and I discussed this over the phone and I said I’d be able to move things around this weekend. Jenn passe...
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