More pictures on my blog I’ve got a very strict rule about computers. After the 2nd cocktail, I don’t return work emails and I don’t buy on ebay. But, who follows rules after the 2nd cocktail? Apparently not me. The work rule is easy. Who wants to work once the fun starts. So I made this impulse purchase. Its 2 planes. I thought one was a Sargent #5409. It was all there, the thin casting, the steel insert in the adjustment knob, the twisted lateral and a corrugated bottom. The proble...
It was one year ago that I converted my single stage dust collector into a two stage system. In this video I share the final tweaks and changes to my dust collection system. Find out some of the things I did that worked, and did not work, as I modified my dust collector. I hope that by sharing my experience, others will find it helpful as they make decisions for their own dust collection system. Your friend in the shop, Todd A. Clippinger Share the Love-Share the Knowledge ...
I just got a load of rough-cut red oak from a tree that I had to cut down due to the “Mother in law suite” we are adding to our house. I thought I would write about it from time to time as it progresses from green wood to lumber to furniture. I ended up with about 1400bf of red oak for around $500! The first thing I want to build will be a desk for my office in the basement in the new addition. I am thinking of some kind of a Mission style Library table like this. I am not...
Last week I scored this lovely wooden moving fillister plane for all of $10 at a flea market. It’s in great shape other than the obvious missing nicker. Time to have a go at working metal. I got some O1 tool steel, pulled out my grinder and files and made me a nicker. All told it took me a couple of hours to form the exact shape. I still need to refine the cutting edge a bit more. And of course, I’m going to harden and anneal it. For a more step-by-step with lots mor...
On first look the Hitachi C10Fl looked like a great deal but after using it for 2 years the following has become evident:Rated according to the manufacturer ar 3 hp found out that it is actually 1 1/2 HP a bold faced lie that they should be sued for. This is a terrible design, and although bigger and better that the contractor saws I’ve witnessed lately this has no business in a cabinet shoppe. The dust collection is attrocious, the port is off-centered toward the front, while most of t...
Finally the BIG upgrade is here. I’ve spent last 3 weeks researching, brainstorming, designing and coding. By that I don’t mean 3 weeks of fulltime job of course, because as you know this is not supposed to be my fulltime job. But you get the idea. I knew that the addition of the Pulse was step in the right direction. It enables everybody to keep track with all new postings that are spread across many site sections like projects, blogs, forums etc. But I also knew that as our s...
I am going to blog this project and a few others in order to inspire myself to get motivated and finish. HistoryWhen we bought our new bed, our old frame had to go. So I decided as any reasonable woodworker would, “I’ll make all new bedroom furniture.” (It seemed like a good idea at the time). We only have one nightstand which stinks for the nightstandless person (not me this year). So I decided to make twin nightstands. DesignI picked the Harvey Ellis designed Stic...
I’ve make a point to call Ms. D. at least twice a day. and visit her in person at least three times a week. I know she is lonely, afraid, but most of all simply bored. It seems to pick her up; I can tell by the tone in her voice. I know she has been feeling a lot of anxiety lately. She went to visit the orthopedic surgeon last Friday. The news wasn’t very good. The break turned out to be much worse than originally thought. The healing time would be at least doubled if not more. It ...
My cousin (first, once removed if you're keeping score) has a knack for finding deals -closeouts, and so on. He recently found himself at Sears looking at some routers on clearance - all former displays, out of the box, never used, selling for $31 a piece. Too good a deal to pass up, he bought all four. Of course, he didn't need all four, so calls were made to try to unload a couple before he got in trouble with the missus. Sure. I'll take one or two at that price! Naturally he w...
So the Update in now 85% finished and I think it was worth it. Time will tell, I have to get used to the workbench and the tools being in the new location. Here are a couple of photographs of the work space T-Boxes, the Unisaw and the workbench. Just need a coat of wax tomorrow morning and is ready to go. The longest and hardest job – was cutting the extended tracks and fitting the aluminium inserts in the out-feed table. They are perfectly aligned and I get NO binding at all...
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