Thank you all so much for your love, prayers and encouragement! I had a TIA (Mini Stroke). I don’t remember much except when they were taking me out of the house on a back board I remember seeing my table saw. It was really sad. My table saw also survived so all is well! I received many wonderful cards of encouragement and that was BEFORE I had the stroke. Did you guys know something I didn’t? ;) Today my goal is too sweep up some sawdust and try a few hours of TLC on my sho...
Since the ammonia fume diffused through the finishes so easily, I started to wonder how far it penetrated the wood. I had assumed the fume darkening would be a thing film, so I planed one of the edges to see how far it would go. I planed and planed, and found out that the fume had penetrated 1-2 mm through the face grain, and up to 10 mm on the end grain. You can see this in the planed edge shown above. The fumed finish on oak can easily stand up to extensive sanding. As always, please t...
Are you getting tired as I with these ads regarding garbage, Ellen Degeneratre, weight loss, Dr Oz and all of the other ‘Daytime Soap’ issues? I am near to discontinuing my participation in Lumberjocks after some half-dozen years as a believer! Owner/Manager/ Ms Debbie….Wake up. This is a woodworking site, not a ‘Daytime Soap Opera’ site. We can leave, if you wish us to do so.
Well, all those projects and new endeavors I had on my list got put on hold for a bit. Haven’t had much time in the shop in the last few months (I think a total of 4 or so hours since about August or so) primarily due work and family things. There’s been a lot going on for me and I’m not yet certain when things are going to slow down. Anyway, on to the update… I let those pine and oak beams sit all summer in my shop and the pitch in the pine didn’t run. I ...
A friend of mine is closing out his shop and GAVE me the above mini-lathe. I turned a small spindle just for giggles as it was my first use ever with a lathe, turned out just fine. Yesterday I tried another blank and whenever i put the tool to the wood the spindle stopped turning and it was all the way up (3700rpm). That was odd. Is it the 1/3 hp motor is that weak? I was using a brand new Easy Tools rougher (the mini). I’ll probably only use this for pens and other small it...
This blog entry tonight actually got it’s start earlier today with another Forum question, but Martin suggested that I blog it also. So, some of this is a repeat of the “Sweating For Bucks” Forum topic called “Pimping the Jocks.” Here it goes: The question I responded to had to do with whether the lumberjocks website would be a good place for people to sell their woodworking, or whether it was really just a woodworker’s site. The question is pretty pi...
We need to let our spouses know how to log on here so that in CASE OF EMERGENCY they can tell us that you’re in need of prayer.We’re family by now and I think I’d really be butt hurt if something happened to anyone of you and I not know.
BILL SUGGESTED THAT I BLOG MY EXPERIENCE AT THE WOODWORKING SHOW THIS PAST WEEKEND. SO HERE IT GOES. I WENT FOR ALL THREE DAYS. I HAD PLANNED OUT ALL THE SEMINARS I WANTED TO SEE, BUT THAT WENT OUT THE WINDOW ON ARRIVAL. TOO MUCH TO SEE TO LITTLE TIME. WE ENDED UP WATCHING ALL OF THE JIM HEAVY CLASSES. HE IS VERY INFORMATIVE AND FUNNY. SORT OF FRANTIC, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE SEEN HIM BEFORE, YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. I ENJOYED HOW MUCH STUFF THERE WAS AND THEY HAD REASONABLE DEALS. SOME REALLY GOOD D...
So, spring / summer is in full swing and I’m finally back in the shop. Recently, I finished up a dresser (project posting coming soon) and got around to cleaning up the shop. I’m looking at getting a drill press, something I need to complete the wood whisperers poker chip trays – I’m going to make a run of maybe 5 of them to give as gifts if they turn out for me. The next major project will be to duplicate the dresser and apply the lessons learned from the fir...
My primary bench (I have a second that has been buried under stuff for years) has been frustrating me for quite a while. The top is composed of 2X6s which means it’s not as flat and level as I’d like. I’d decided a while ago that replacing the top with a double layer of 3/4” plywood would solve the problem. Eventually I’ll replace this with a real woodworking bench, so this is a temporary solution. I’d acquired the plywood several months ago and a cou...
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