Apparently, knowing your enemy does not necessarily guarantee victory. My mission was to go to the post office and get some mail out. In order to do so, I had to cross enemy lines (the great outdoors). I was not unprepared. I dutifully donned my long sleeved hoodie, even though the air was warm. Underneath, I had applied a layer of repellent (skin-so-soft) to avert the nasty little beasts. I knew they could see me and that they were waiting, yet I bravely stepped outside and into ...
I have now completed my first clock project and applied the finish to it. It’s ready to present to my parents for the 50th wedding anniversary! I used a very non-traditional way to attach the back to the clock case…magnets! Since I’m still not very good with hinge morticing, especially with tiny brass hinges for projects like this, and I didn’t want to risk screwing anything up, I opted for someting that was easier for me to do and was a little unique. I bought a packa...
The basic frame for my saw till couldn’t be simpler: four pieces of 10” wide poplar. The bottom is simply screwed into the sides and the top is attached with recessed figure 8s. To support the saws, I created two levels of slotted crossbars. They are mortised into the sides of the carcase. I cut repetitive slots across them to allow me to insert a saw into them. Through trial and error I decided that having a slot every two inches gave me just enough room to store the saws an...
OK – I am late this morning. Everyone’s coffee is cold and you are either going to be late for work or have to wait to read. We all have days like that. At least you have coffee. I am on my second attempt of making it this morning. For the first try, I cleaned out the pot while the water was on the stove heating up and instead of putting the beans in the grinder (I have a French press that I use) I put the beans right in the bottom of the wet carafe. (DOH!) It’s ...
For my first activity on this site, I thought I would show off my best work. This is my 5 yeard old son with a Craftsman 16” scroll saw we found on Craigslist for $50. We have been working together in the woodshop/garage for a while with hand tools and I was concerned to let him use any power tools even with my supervision. I found this saw and did some deep thinking about what the chances of injury could be. After perrmission was given by my wife, I asked him if he wanted to go 50/...
The term wood preservatives defines that the wood preservation is the process of preserving wood from the wood destroying agents like insects or fungus so that the life span of the wood can be extended. It refers to the treatment of wood with chemicals to impart resistance to degradation and deterioration by living organisms. The proper application of chemical preservatives can protect wood from decay, and stain fungi, insects and marine borers, thus prolonging the service life of wood for...
About three months ago, I wanted to build a small furniture piece for my rec room. This quickly ballooned (as these things do) into putting together a full workshop. The plan to pick up an old $100 portable saw morphed into a recent contractor saw, and then on a whim, into a cabinet saw. Here’s what I discovered: The saw: There are no pictures of the saw fully assembled because it was dark when I bought it and in pieces when I got it home. A few shots of some parts: I’...
Ok, This will sound crazy but I am wondering what it is like doing woodworking in Minnesota? I have never been any further north that Kansas – I currently live in Texas. My wife may be ‘moving up the corp ladder’ and having to reloacte to Minnesota. I am a little nervous of the possibility of moving that far north – I like the heat in Texas but she is excited and so I guess I will learn to adapt! Now, I know they have houses, heated workshops, etc…. that̵...
The build of the virtual pinball machine is coming right around. The lower part of the machine is mostly done with the exception of some button and ventilation holes will need to be added. Here are some pictures of the assembly… The hardest part of this cabinet for me was the miter cuts where the sides meet the front. I did it this way for aesthetic purposes since the cabinet would have no trim I don’t want to see the plywood edges. Here is a picture of the final...
Just a quick update, I made $500 on the band saw and $450 on the planes so far with a couple still left to sell. I also traded a couple planes for a 20” Scroll Saw… I’ll talk more about that one later. My Daughters 21ST birthday party is this weekend so I’m sure I wont be going to the Rose Bowl on Sunday. So far I have $950 in the pot. Keeping my eye on the big picture…
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