Hey everyone, It has been quite a ride this past 7 months. We have been prepping for a TV show on National Geographic Channel. They found us on Youtube which you guys had a big part in that. Whenever I would post a video on what I do, LJs would watch and the view counts would sore. Thanks you LJs that our vidoes have around 20,000 views of the burl hunter a month. This showed Half yard productions viability for the show and then National Geographic picked the show up. Living large off the ...
Can you post for sale ads on LumberJocks? I’ve decided to sell my Ridgid bandsaw. It’s been on Craig’s List for a few days, but I’m not willing to let it go for a song and a dance. It’s an excellent tool, and I’m loathe to part with it, but I’ve gotten into a situation where I’m faced a tough decision. It’s a Ridgid BS14002 with some modifications to fix the recent lack of quality control. The upper wheel was extremely out of balanc...
During the whole rip the walls down, add insulation and power thing, my shop became a total mess, then came a few nasty bouts of sickness that kept me out of the shop for far too long. While I am not pushing too hard, I am getting back to getting things in order. That means putting things where they belong, assuming a where they belong still exists… So LOML willing, is going to be the Texas Two Step as it were in my shop… Step #1. Take garbage out. I have a couple of bags...
I started work on a chest of drawers yesterday for my bedroom. My original plan was to make it out of oak plywood and solid oak for the face frame, drawer fronts, and moldings, but as luck would have it, there was no oak plywood anywhere I could get it easily. I did, however, find some nice looking pieces of birch plywood, so I grabbed a sheet of that and I have to pick up the solid material today. I think I’m just going to use pine since this is supposed to be a Shaker inspired design....
Finally finished the cut off cart done it is the one featured in the latest Shop Notes The care freed up quite a bit of space in my shop by keeping all the cut offs in one easily accessible area. Working on Bat boxes for my daughter. The new house has a wooded area and creek behind the house which creates a lot of mosquitoes since one brown bat will eat 1000 mosquitoes an hour I think it will be beneficial.
These are photos that show the progression I went through trying to get the vises installed on my workbench. To make a short story long, I had been planning this workbench build in my head for a few years. I got the wood for free (yeah!) and have been trying to build the workbench for virtually nothing. It is a hybrid bench that is blasphemous on many levels: too many dog holes to accommodate my steam bending fancies, a router plate cut into the top, moxon-type vises on the face and tail end,...
Used the chip carving knife I made awhile back, it’s a great whittler but nicked my thumb along the way which you can see the Roy spots. And the stems came in today. A little more whittling then need to get this baby dried.
I came to a point where I was stuck on my table project. While pondering a solution to my current problem, I thought I would fill in the down time with something small. I once saw an intarsia map. It was pretty cool looking. I thought that would be fun to do. So I started making a map of Wisconsin, with each county a separate piece of wood. My original idea was to use local woods. Red oak, maple and willow in the south. White pine, red pine and birch in the north. I abandoned this plan and...
Alright, from last entry I have done a few things, including decided on the end design, and new glue-up of the chess board itself. Also, I am now in the dark abyss of handplanes – no coming back. Bought a stanley sharpening kit (angle holder) which made a world of difference for me, I am getting such lovely shavings that I can’t bear to throw them away, this is crazy, but I love it. Anyhow, this is just a post of a lot of pics and also progress report. In the process so far ...
January 5th January 12th So a portion of that wood went into 2 of the 3 office projects that I recently posted. another portion has been sorted out and put in hopefully better more organized spaces. This pic shows wood that literally came with my house. Which means it has been in the rafter for a minimum of 10 years. I pulled all the trim pieces down from around the vent and found 4 pieces of oak that will make a nice picture frame. The rest was pretty much trash. I then use...
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