This part sounds pretty simple, right? Well it would’ve been if only I’d have used the K.I.S.S. method. See the picture below and try to anticipate what might go wrong here: My first problem was my overall saw setup. Of course, I didn’t realize it at the time, or I would’ve switched parts out. Do not try to use these three things in combination with eachother: 3/16” blade, fence, and the Carter Stabilizer. I had just cut the outline of the box and didn̵...
Quick update = Christmas and all that comes with it put a damper on shop activity this past week. With that comes all the storage bins, etc. laying around, under, etc the saw and shop – so will get some good present photos during the next week. I did however find a picture of what this saw looked like brand new in 1986 only to find it is not the same, motor on mine mounts low but to the rear of stationary stand, while photos I find always show motor mounted directly underneath the saw, ...
I was able to get to the garage today as a request for a new shelf for the kitchen was in. While there I saw some cutoff pieces of mahogany that I had piled up from the past 2 projects, and saw 4 legs hidden in those waiting to come out to life. I had wanted to put legs on this box from the get go but wasn’t set on a design that I liked and was mentally blocked with it. I decided to make 3 1.5” x 1.5” x 1” legs and just chamfer the bottoms – just to have so...
So after the house was completed in March of last year, I began replacing the tools I had lost. I found a table saw, thickness planer and drill press that was in a shop being sold off by a widow. It appeared the poor fellow had not used a lot of the equipment for a while. There was lots of rust, and some makeshift fixes to the equipment. First was a 10” Craftsman table saw. I spent some time and a lot of elbow grease doing what I could for the surface of the table. I used a lot of...
Nothing to see here yet, just marking my progress…. more for myself. Today I did some finishing touch-ups on the first chair, going around and being sure all the glue squeeze-out I missed was removed. Hide glue peels off easily off the finished pieces. Painted on some of the oil based gel in spots where I managed to nick the finishing (tsk tsk) in my glue-up. Waxed it up again. Gotta find an upholsterer retailer around here for the leather….. I took apart the 7 foot lon...
So here’s the setup: Call from some friends – can you help us out? What’s the project? Take this sign: “We no longer live on a mountain (“peak”), but still love the sign. Can you erase the “A” in Peak, and make it an “E” instead”? “Sure” i replied. How to do it? Make a copy of an existing “E” and replicate it in a plaster type material. Here’s the casting material I used. Basica...
Well things kind of slowed down for me this past week. I have been on day shift going to Advanced Avionics for our company, to brush up on trouble-shooting problems on our Aircraft. I really prefer graveyard shift and getting off at 11am. Although I know, the hours in the day are the same. It seems I achieve so much more work getting off at 11am, than getting home at 3pm. My last blog, I asked for help and advice on if I should do a natural edge on the back as well. Well thank-you e...
On a recent trip to northern arizona, I contacted a tree service company to see what kind of cool logs they might have laying around. This trip I ended up buying some AZ Cypress, douglas fir and black jack oak. I started milling some of the oak and cypress. The first few pictures are of oak and the last pictures are of the az cypress. I milled the cypress into huge fire place mantles. They are roughly 7 feet long 12 inches wide and 5 inches thick.The oak was milled into ...
I am not thrilled with the footstools. Seems like too much of an afterthought. I would like to have had the same verticals between the legs on the sides. I like the top sides and slats. That’s a good feature. Thinking about redesigning the legs to be more consistent with the chairs.
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