Hi everyone. Just wanted to share some pictures from the “Artisrty in Wood” show from the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, MT. The show started last night (great opening night…too much wine, ugh) and runs until January, 2013. If you find yourself traveling up that way, definitely worth a stop. These pictures are of my pieces, but you can see all the pictures on my Facebook page. Enjoy the pictures and thanks for looking!
Yesterday was a good day. I did accomplish many of the things that I set out to do. One of the most important things was that I finished editing the video on how to drill the depressions for the embellished ornaments and also demonstrates a couple of cutting techniques for those ornaments. The link to the video is here: This time I shot it in several short segments. I tried to just show the technique that I described and finished the processes off camera. I felt that this way I was a...
Second coat of primer dried quickly, so I was ready to move the bench into the house. This required more muscle that I could muster myself, so I borrowed my neighbor’s two teenage sons to move the beast. At over 8’ it is not only ungainly, but very heavy. The boys were able to get the job done in less than 5 minutes without problem. The unit fit in the space under the window like a glove. It was even fairly level…which surprised me. A few small shims was all it took. ...
I totally screwed up the fret board, so we had to make a new one. This time we figured out how to do the diamond shaped inlays that Daniel wanted. Since the last time, we un-clamped the body from the glue-up, flipped it over, routed the back of the through-neck flat, and then cut out the body There’s the guitar cut-out with the truss rod set in place. The new fret board was cut with the Festool MFS jig and a 1/8” bit, after which we took the corners out of the diamond...
While browsing the internet a few weeks ago I ran across an article from Emerson Tool Co. about a recall on Craftsman RAS. Intrigued enough to stop and read the article, I entered the model number of my saw and found that my old, on it’s way to retirement, beast was covered in this recall. When FedEx backed into my drive this morning and unloaded a rather large 4ft box out of the back of the truck, My heart raced with excitement in hopes of getting a whole new saw out of this deal. Wel...
I have spent an insane amount of time contemplating the most efficient way to setup my small shop. My main goals were: Giving each benchtop tool its own dedicated home. I waste so much time pulling them out and setting them up whenever I have to switch modes. Maintain the working area around my table saw to allow easy breakdown of large sheet goods. Give my mitre saw, jointer and planer appropriate infeed and outfeed space. Set the tools at a comfortable working height to reduce ...
Why don’t the high end brass hinges for boxes, small cabinets, etc. come with screws? The hinges are great but this makes you go out and find the correct sized brass screw. And the screws are too damn soft and break off. I’m not trying to be a brute with them. I drill an appropriate sized pilot hole on a test piece of wood first to make sure the screw will glide in and out without breaking. I usually tap the hole with a steel screw to be on the safe side. And then I screw ...
Hello woodworking friends around the world. I just had to post something while I had access to the internet. I wish I was more technically savvy so I could post some pictures. My wife, Heidi and I are in Brazil for 2 weeks. We have 4 days left on our trip. We started in Rio, went to a Carnival parade. That was incredible! We visited many places and then flew to Salvador for 5 days, did a lot of sightseeing and visited a famous cigar making place. The gal giving us the tour happened...
Alright, this is getting downright ridiculous. I’m addicted to bowl turning. I’m already in a twelve step program for scrollers, and now I’ve turned a pen, and found it to be just as addicting. I think I’m in trouble. I made a mistake about a week ago. I let my wife look at the Penn State Indutries catalog. She seen pens and started asking when she was getting one. This made it apparant that I’d be making a pen sooner or later. At the moment though, I do not h...
I have done woodworking for about 50 years or so starting with making trophies, making the bases out of walnut, not a very common wood for a trophies but the man I worked for wanted a better quality product. I have made a lot of things over the years and am very proud of those accomplishments. I stared making checker and chess boards out of the scrap walnut and hard maple( sometimes used for trophies) by fitting together these pieces, only made two, one for my brother and the other one, I sol...
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