There are days that I’m happy that, despite the majority of my school’s curriculum switching to engineering fundamentals, that I’m a shop teacher. There are other days that I’m really happy that I get to teach my “Manufacturing Technology” a.k.a. wood shop classes. You see, what I see happening to the world of education is a tragic spiral of suppression. We are being made to teach every student the same content, to expect the same measure of success, t...
Lately we have been trying to keep updating our site about every two weeks. It seems with the holiday season approaching, we have lots of new things and we don't like to overwhelm everyone with too many new choices at a time. I guess it is a good problem to have. Since I do more painting things, they tend to take a little longer to complete than the scrolling patterns that I do. And even when I do scroll pieces, I like to offer different 'versions' so that our customers can c...
Ok, so I’m thinking that I’m REALLY gonna like turning stuff on a lathe. My first attempt was ok, but in my opinion not great. LOTS of errors that hopefully I learned from. Which is what we’re SUPPOSED to do, right? So here’s bowl #2. This one is from some 4/4 maple that someone gave me. I started with four 8” X 8” blanks glued together, and added two 6” squares to use as a mount for the faceplate. Next was to cut ‘em into a kinda-sorta circl...
... or lights or heat or a sump pump – that’s not really how far back I’d like to take my traditional woodworking experiences, to be honest with you. I have a hard enough time removing power tools from the equation. I’m afraid I’m quite used to some of today’s modern conveniences. So for the past few days, while Mother Nature once again proved her superiority, I’ve been worrying more about whether or not my basement is going to flood and if my pi...
We agreed he would start promptly at 7AM. After all, he is a professional carpenter and only does this on the side so he can buy more toys. That’s what he told me, if you remember. Its 7:45 AM. I am sure he’s stuck in traffic, I keep telling myself, even though its early Saturday morning and there is no traffic. 8:15AM. Third cup of coffee; I notice the hand jitters. I convince myself it’s just the excitement of beginning the new construction project. I also decide that he ...
”Rites of a Debarking in Process” And so on Saturday in the afternoon, I headed back out into the woods to get busy on some debarking of wood that has been sitting out, during the seasons, over the past 1-3 years. On some of the larger logs, I will usually let them sit, for sometimes up to three years out in the fields and forest, developing character and drying out before starting to work on them. Smaller pieces will range in time from 1-2 years and these are the ones I get...
It just struck me that I would like to make some kind of till for my Japanese saws (that I primarily use for carpentry). I’m always nervous about bending the blades or chipping the teeth when throwing them (always set them on top of everything in my tool bag) in the bag with clamps, hammers, drill motors and the like. They’re protected by the cardboard sleeves they came in, but the idea of a long, narrow till, seems right to me. I’m thinking it would be nice to make it ...
I’m getting closer with this project. These pictures are between the 5 hrs. and 11 hrs. times. The tools I used so far were in a very large range of sizes. Anywhere from #3-10mm to a #9-4mm. I have used the fishtail #3-12mm the most so far.
Old Growth and Farm Living ....well I mean what can I say, farm living is working and selling, while finding time to look for some old growth//ancient ones and then workin’ at slabbin’ some tree blanks…. A little artistic enhancement added to an old growth mailbox…. ....no Home Depot mailbox holder stand here. Cut this one out of the woods some years ago, left the bark on and planted the trunk in the ground. No-more veggies for sale though, berries are pas...
Unfortunately, I forgot to bring the camera to the shop and document the big drawers, installing the drawer slides and runners, and the first pieces of face frame work, and the toekick. Oops! Well, I cut some red oak to strips for the face framing, and I rough cut the top to size as well I picked up some nice cheap formica from the Borg. Piece had a corner missing, so I got a deal on it. I was going to caul and clamp like crazy, but I noticed that Woodcraft had a really nic...
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