Bob2 has described his current shop digs as “A collection of tools at or near electrical outlets.” The space is in his business warehouse until he is able to pour concrete for a dedicated home shop. I feel instantly at home in this environment as there is a lot packed into a small space, and it’s none too organized. No sense burning brain cells on prettifying and organizing when the thrust to learn and create is where the true fire exists. As long as you know what pil...
I am currently reading the recently published Workbenches from Design & Theory to Construction & Use by Christopher Schwarz. Most workbench books and articles describes plans for various workbenches and how to build them. Chris’s book is different and greatly altered my perspective on workbenches. Here are a few key points: Workbench feature selection should be based on what you want to do with the workbench. He does a great job describing specific functions and correspo...
I have had a facination of wood for as long as I can remember. My first project was carviing a bass fishing plug. The first time I tried it I caught a large mouth bass, and a seagull picked it up and tried to carry it away.Still have it today. Looks better than some of the stuff that I”ve done over the years As I accumulated tool and equipment over the years, I took up more and more space. The car was always parked in the driveway…..my wife loved that! We finally bought a hou...
Shame on us, we don’t have a business plan. Never did and never will have one. We knew what we wanted to accomplish. Banks and loan institutions insist on you having a business plan. All professional people (lawyers, accountants, and the like) will advise you to have one. I didn’t need a loan to get started, but if you are one that does need a loan, start writing. A bank will want to know that you have all of your ducks in a row. This business plan will be put in front of loan and management ...
I know this doesn’t have much to do with woodworking unless you’re building guitars but I posted my first video (guitar solo) on youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AI2cOzaUjU
I finally got around to checking on getting new pulleys. The guy at the electric motor shop told me to have them balanced instead. So I went to a machine shop and had them balance the pulleys. When I got home, I tried the saw – no pulley and it worked fine. Put the pulley on the motor and vibrating badly again. At this point I was a little ticked that the balancing didn’t work. So I decided I’d take the motor off and take it and the pulley to the motor shop and get their opi...
I meet a hardwood floor installer the other day, and asked what he did with the leftovers, He said that they just throw them in the dumpster. I asked him to save some for me to use in the shop, and the next thing I know He brings over 200 Sq Ft of 3/4 inch oak. 3-4 ft in long and 4 in wide. Once planed and trimed to remove the t&g, I have over 70 boards 3-4 ft long, and 5/8 thick and 3 1/2 in wide. So, be nice to your local flooring guy.
As promised, I’ve gotten some photos of old Moby into useable condition. Evidently when the contractor felled the tree to make room for the house (interesting priorities!) he squared one end: The other end has what I’ve affectionately come to call the “Lobster claw.” This is one side of it: And the other side: This is a photobucket-enhanced view of the whole thing. You can almost hear it doing a sort of inverted gasp for air… The patter...
So I’ve been making slow and steady progress on the bench, and bit by bit it’s coming together. Today I finished off all the mortises for the base, so just need to chamfer the edges and draw bore the tenons and drill some holes and the base is done. I invested in the Delta mortiser which did a great job and saved me a bunch of time doing the mortises. But I found the fence adjustment wheel to be pretty much useless, a micro adjust would have been great though, perhaps I ...
Here is part 2! Unfortunately, I started working and didn’t really break until I was done. Actually it only took about an hour, so I just forgot to take pics in the middle, but here is the final product(excuse the mess on the workbench); And this is what it will look like in the tree. All that is left is a couple coats of outdoor finish and a piece of corn to screw onto the end and its ready to whirl some squirrels!! Thanx for looking and let me know what ya think!
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