I haven’t been here for awhile. My apologies to friends here and thank you for the emails expressing your concern. Largest reason for my absence these last few months involves this - I have mentioned in my last blog that I had a hearing that came up to discuss the new “formula” that is being imposed in the state of Michigan for child support deductions. I won’t go into any tirades but the increase was pretty significant and my take home salary has been greatly r...
Hello everyone, I’ve been using hand planes for a little while and I wanted to see how accurately I could dimension a piece of material. I grabbed a scrap piece of hard maple and planed it down to some random width and thickness. Here is a video that I made in which I use some machinist’s measuring tools to see how I did.
This is a mid size roughing tool that I make that is great for mini/midi lathes. The pen, call, stopper, small bowl and lidded box folks really like this tool. It is made from 3/8” cold rolled 1045 steel and black oxide coated as all my tools are. One end turned round so all you need is a 3/8” hole drilled in the end of the handle that you make to your liking. Working tool length is aprox. 7” In this pic you can see that I spend a lot of time grinding the tips back for cl...
I got this Stanley No 4 smoothing plane for $20, first No 4 I bought. I tuned it up and it smooths and makes nice shavings. As near as I can tell, it is over 100 years old – says Stanley on the lateral adjustment lever, no throat adjustment screw for the frog. The frog sits only on three machined ribs. Has the number 2 cast behind the frog. That’s pretty amazing that a tool so old can still do good work.
Using my Stanley #45 plane to cut tongue and groove. For the purpose of this example I am using a couple pieces of pine. I am using the 1/4” Tongue and Groove irons, and have the depth on the tongue iron set as deep as it can go. The Groove depth stop is set to match this depth once the tongue has been cut. The #45 is set up with the short rods as opposed to the long rods. There is nothing stopping a person from using the long rods, I just prefer to use the short ones when I ...
All the studs are up and ready for drywall. Hopefully the drywall will go up tomorrow.
The blogger entry is here for those that want to see the graphics and the nitty gritty details… Plenty to be found there… http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com/2014/04/project-planning-or-how-to-eat-elephant.html Right now, being somewhat time constrained with other priorities, and as other projects are ongoing, I am squeezing in design time, and planning to complete what is left of my shop storage / organization tear as it were. I am working on fine tuning the details, but ...
I was recently in a large shed full of a private collection of just about anything that has been invented. That’s an exaggeration but this collection was mind boggling.I came across a lot of things I recognised and this one grabbed my attention.Can anybody guess what it is..
Don’t know what it is about these last two posts…I’ve done something wrong and the images are just HUGE on the LJ blog. So…click here see it on my wordpress site. Once the paint dried, there was not much left but to install the drawer-shelf (with a piano hinge): Here it is closed: And then glue and attach the main hatch (I put 2 screws up from the inside to hold the hinge as well) and here she is: Then the final step was carrying it upstairs and installing...
Howdy, I have been fitting 4 pieces every day to the geometry challenge light pendants. I’m almost too far to post any more pictures but I figure I can throw a final 2 into the last blog of the series. I had to get a preview of the light covers so I did a bit of sanding. I think they are going to look pretty good when I’m finished. A few pieces have a little bevel from the sanding so I need to sand them down till they match the adjoining planes. The inside is ...
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