I got the iron cleaned up yesterday. Check out my website for more details. I was pretty impressed with the outcome. I gotta get it sharpened now and start cleaning the plane itself. I removed the handle the other day and cleaned out the mortise for a spot for the new handle. Have some left over mahogany, anyone think that will work? Which way is best for the grain to run, vertical or horizontal?
I’m not sure when it happened. I’m not sure why it happened? The one undeniable fact is that it had happened; I became the Way Back Machine. The desire to make things out of wood unencumbered with cords or batteries has been with me for a long time. I have watched Roy Underhill on and off for years thinking some day I would give it a try. Likewise I’ve watched Norm Abrham’s go from machine to machine and felt not an inkling to give that kind of woodworking a whi...
Will keep you posted on progress. Some nice timbers we have been playing with. Saligna, Elm, Oak, Kauri, Rimu, Robinia, just to name a few.
Can someone tell me how to get rid of glue stains on my cast iron table saw top? I’ve had no choice but to use the top as an assembly table, but careful as I was I still managed to get glue on the top and now I can’t seem to get rid of it. I’ve tried paint thinner, alcohol and WD-40 but to no avail. Tite-Bond III glue if that helps anyone. HELP!
First, the tools… A new friend of mine, who is also a fellow Lumberjock, sent me a package of some things to add to my shop and help me get started in woodworking. This was done completely out of the kindness of his own heart and he refused any sort of payment whatsoever. I will be forever grateful and this will always be a part of my woodworking story. Here’s a couple of items: I can’t believe the router! This thing has got some get up and go. I’ve nev...
It occurred to me that some folks might want some hard data on the new shop. This is presented in the intent to inform only. As I said earlier, we extracted some equity from the house to pay for an addition. We are adding an attached addition to the existing structure. This addition is approximately 17.5 ft wide by about 50 ft long. It will include an over-sized third vehicle bay with storage and added driveway to the existing garage, and an attached shop space behind. The garage bay is ex...
I started writing a blog once already today. I had half a page done, and I didn’t really like how it read, so I deleted it. The funny part of it was that the subject of the post was ‘indecision.’ Perhaps it should have been written after all. While going through the many changes that our business is experiencing at this time. it is sometimes difficult to know if what we are doing is the right thing. I suppose there is nothing in this life that is certain, and the only w...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #840: Rumors of My Retirement Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
I received a couple of emails yesterday regarding my post of Saturday. They expressed concern that I may be giving up designing scroll saw patterns and looking into something else. I just want to come out and say for certain that it is not my intention at all to do so, and if I led some of you to think that I was heading in that direction, rest assured I am not. This past month or so has been somewhat tedious for both Keith and myself. As when anyone loses trust in someone that they had o...
I have always told my wife that the BORG store that is 5 min from our house sells convenience not quality when it comes to hardwood and sheet goods, but I don’t think it really dawned on me until last week. I stopped buying sheet goods from them and the like a while ago, but as home improvement projects often result in numerous trips to said store, I sometimes get lazy. I have been working on a built in desk unit that will span the length of a wall (nearly 17 feet) that will be th...
Good Morning All, Ever run into a piece of wood (pallet wood in this case) and wonder; “How the heck did that warp like that?” Working with pallet wood can be a twisted mess of metal, warp and work. These things lead to a lot of distress trying to make them work for a project, leading you to want to pull your hair straight out. Sometimes you just have to llook at it and say in the words of the great Fozzie Bear, ”What the waka?” This is where I stop and cl...
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