With autumn upon us and winter quickly approaching, like it or not there are things we need to do to get ready for the upcoming season. I find this time of year a good time to get everything checked and make sure all is well before the long cold winter. Since I am planning to drive to Chicago in a couple of weeks, I took my car in for some routine maintenance. The ‘ole girl is nearly ten now, and like all of us who age, some things need to be replaced and others just kind of re-vamp...
If you have been reading my blog, you probably already know that I have a major liking for burls, and I got the chance for this post to work with some new ones. First though, I’ll get a couple of problems I’ve been dealing with out of the way.When turning bowls, I’ve been having a hard time with sanding, especially on the end grain. I’ve read and watched videos online about power sanding and wanted to give it a try. I’ve had in my mind several different ways to m...
I’ve had a vision of my self milling the free logs that are constantly being dumped at our compost site in our town. I have read about it, thought about it, and investigated the Husqvarna and Sthil saws at my local Farm & Fleet for maneuverability. But that is the chain saw only. I’ve been reading blogs here, and checking out You Tube. Here are some facts to consider: In my younger days I could carry a 4×8 panel of sheet rock by lifting it. 30 years later I am usi...
Here was a recent project that I completed. It’s a weather station. The components include a barometer, hygrometer, and thermometer. It makes a great gift, and can be done in just a few hours. As always you can check out my website at: www.woodlogger.com to see more projects and videos of what I’m doing in the shop.
http://youtu.be/e8SoUqDuKqU Tombstone peeper I helped my brother make for a Christmas gift to his daughter
Nothing much to say, finally managed to get the upper cabinetry up, from scratch to end product took me 1 week. Details cut: Painting and lacquering the parts: Drilling the pin holes for shelves: Cabinetry glued and screwed together (upside down): Since I did not know what was behind the sheetrock I was a bit worried because I did not know if I can put them up on the walls or not. So I had to check.. Good news was, I had a 1/2” piece of particle board put behind there ...
I’ve decided to finish this in two stages. I still have to figure out the legs/support for the bench but felt there was value in getting a protective coat of finish on the piece. With the redwood being fairly soft, and this piece being so heavy I could already see imperfections being introduced just from moving this around during the sanding process. Also sand; sand everywhere. Given that this spent part of it’s life as driftwood, many of the nooks and crannies are filled wit...
Dear Friends and Family, I apologize for the terribly long delay. After the last update, I spend many days zoned out, resting. And then I spent many more processing the last few months. It has been quit a hay ride, to say the least. I definitely receded within myself for awhile, so if I did not answer your emails or messages, please! forgive me. Things are definitely looking up! I am feeling so much better. I saw the surgeon this last week and he said that indeed all the bio test result...
So as I venture into the unknown, trying new joints, finishing/sanding techniques, and all around wood stuff as well as brushing up on what I had learned in highschool shop class, I’m beginning to see the beauty of doing things by hand. Initially most of my use of hand tools has been lack of funding for this new hobby. I’ve recently started building a coffee table with two redwood slabs I found out back at my grandpas house. They used to be backboards for the horse shoe pit. I...
Unfortunately for me, rebuilding the carburetor was not enough for my 026. Herein lies the tail of rebuilding the engine of my Stihl 026. I think this has something to do with the problem… This post jumps right into the process which is wayyyy to lengthy with too many pictures to rewrite. Follow the link to check out the full process. Thanks for readin’ y’all, have a great day!
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