Well it’s only Friday but I had my 2 boys home for the day so I put them to good use. Although unit only weighs 75 lbs it’s quite bulky so 2 strong young men are better at lifting than 1 middle aged man. Mounting things to the ceiling in my shop is always a challenge due to the metal sheeting and the trusses are on 48” centers(standard for pole barn construction). So if anyone is wondering why I mounted 2×4 runners on ceiling that’s why. The unit is fairly larg...
No not that !! Get your mind above the belt. Here is the pile of Flamboyant (Delonix Regia) I started slabbing today.. And here are some gorgeous crotch pieces from the log to the left of the helmet in the picture above....This wood is a beautiful creamy yellow colour and is quite soft. Unfortunately the smell is not particularly pleasant – try to imagine a faint after-smell of pine vomit. I know that sounds gross, and it is, but fortunately it is not a strong odour. I wonder ...
I was just about to start on the first glue up of the walnut entertainment center I’m working on… well, needless to say, I didn’t end up finishing. One of the tenons was about 1/32” too long, and I was just in that “finish quick and get on to the glue-up” mindset. One inattentive cut, and I ended up with a razor-sharp 3/4” bench chisel through the back side of my thumb. I put this up as a reminder…BE CAREFUL! Whenever I am usin...
Found a cool trick to help with the dry air of winter carving. I’ve been placing a piece of dampened paper towel around the wood blank an hour or two before I carve. When I first did it, I just put it on one side, which lead to some weird warping, but when the blank re-dried it was flat again (whew). This pattern relies almost entirely on the basic triangle cuts, so it’s good for practice. I used a simple flower motif in the center, it can be left blank or used for some...
22 blocks down. It is looking pretty good. The “X” jig seems to be working. 42 to go!
The top and drawers and doors are oak the sides are birch plywood, I am thinking dark tung oil on top and mission oak poly on the rest…
I want to build a bench. I don’t have a decent clamping surface in my “shop”. So here are my plans as the are now. The material will be douglas fir 2×4 and the leg vise will be red oak 3/4”x8”. The screw will come from LeeValley. The sides will be drawbore mortise and tenon, and I’ll be using bed bolts for the long stretchers. The dimensions are: 24”w 33.5”h 84”lThe legs are 4.5”x3.5” The stretchers are 2×4...
I just signed up for a seminar with Marc Spagnuolo at Highland Woodworking on May 2nd. Marc started the Wood Whisper Community and podcast. I am looking forward to the seminar and meeting Marc. Anyone in the Atlanta area should stop by Highland Woodworking to sign up it should be fun.
I just wanted to give a quick update about the porter cable sander give away. So far we have had 7 comments and 17 E-mails enter the give away. I guess people are more comfortable giving there story over e-mail witch is great. We have had 24 entries total witch is great, I just wanted to remind you that you still have until May 9th to enter the drawing. All you have to do is comment or e-mail why you wood work, what do you love about working with wood. Thanks for all the entries we have been ...
Hello LJ’s, I enjoyed my weekend with Mom and Dad. Getting home and back to cutting dovetails was nice though. I cut the 4 sets of pins for my next box, in the same amount of time (plus 3 minutes) as I did for 2 sets of pins just last week. The quality was also improved. I am looking forward to tomorrows session…which may start now. ;-) http://bit.ly/9VbGn3 Brian
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