Wire SizeIn making flower stems, I use several gauges of galvanized wire, ranging from 14 GA to 30 GA as well as single strands from picture wire. Although some people use thin brass tubing (available from hobby shops), I have found that wires of varying gauges are sufficient to create a pleasing result for this project. I use two gauges of wire for each flower. The thicknesses will depend on the size of your flower – bigger flower, thicker wire. The heaviest gauge will form the flower stem a...
It’s been a little too long since the last post about this project. If my shop was more orderly I’m sure I would be more productive… ah well, time for organization can be found here and there. This weekend I decided to tackle the construction of the base of the bandsaw. My original design/vision called for a base that sat on some adjustable feet, with a pair of wheels at the back which sat about 1/4” above the floor, and that protruded from the rear in such a way th...
The Ever Evolving Workshop #1: New Delta Unisaw with 52" Rip, Incra TS-LS and LEFT Side Router Table!
I wanted to show you guys and gals my new setup. I recently purchased a Delta 36-L352 to replace MY broke down POS grizzly G0715P. I say that about the grizzly because like many others MY G0715P had a .020 deflection in the back of the blade when I raised it up or down! There was no setting that saw blade parallel with the miter slot. Grizzly wouldn’t stand behind it and said the trunions were probably broke and that I had the ‘wrong saw’ for building cabinets or anyth...
Thursday, 7-24-14 at Wyaralong Dam. Our car was the only one in the lot. The temp. got up to 24C.
This is a simple but elegant shaker bookcase I built out of pine to match the other furniture in my clients house. He wanted it deeper than a normal bookcase so it could house the electronics for his entertainment system. It was a pretty quick build and took about 2 days to make. You can see the specifics on my blog Shaker Pine Bookcase
I have a Craftsman Planer Model #351 217480 13” planer surface. Over the years the overload switch has become weak and easy to trip. I got a new switch from Sears Parts but I can’t figure out how to remove and replace the old one. Any thought or suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks gofigure.
Roaming through an estate sale last weekend. I came across a few books to add to my library. When I went to check out, the manager asked me: “How does $12 sound?” I thanked him, smiled and headed to the house to start reading.
Earlier this summer I started to experiment with using a glitter filled epoxy as a substitute inlay material when making Christmas OrnamentEZ for EZ-Wreath. This entry talks about the process I went through to make these ornaments. Because I’m a fan of Purple Heart (PH), I just love the deep rich violet color the wood turns after a little exposure to light, I chose it for my base material. Well that and I had more PH sitting around than any other wood… Still not a bad choice....
Short blog today. Not much shop time. Cut the 60 degree angles on the sides of the box inner. and fitted them into the outer shell. Still nothing glued at this stage as a lot of work to be done on the inner (Padauk) liner before I can even attempt this. First I need to mark the inside to register the position on the inner where the legs will pass through the outer Remove the masking tape from one leg side and remove the Sycamore spacer. Its then a simple matt...
think about my favorite wood, Huon Pine. Many of these trees, now standing in preserves in Tasmania, are dated between 2000 and 3000 years old. But how about 10,000 years old? Here’s a very interesting article on the Methuselah of all trees.
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