First off since you are working on furniture…clean up your bench. Sweep it off and put the tools away. This may seem odd since you are going to take the tools out again but it’s not, you are going to pound on your work quite a bit during this process. Chips left on your bench get wedged under your work and dent it. Sweep your bench off and keep it clean. I put all my tools away after each joint is made to fit, this speeds things up because you are not fishing for tools you thought...
Yeah, this was me today. Since I was just using a block plane and not some power tool, the moment I got smacked in the forehead with a hunk of red oak took me rather by surprise. I’m pretty new to all this, and I haven’t built myself a workbench yet. So while I’m working on a little side table for my mother in law, I need to do some hand planing to take the burn marks off the legs after I ran them through my homemade tapering jig. Lacking an actual bench, I rig up ...
My basement remodel in parts. The insides are finished, but the outside still needs to be finished.
When it comes to woodworking, or really anything in life, I have many Inspirations. This video is about inspiration, what or who inspires you? Inspires your ideas, your designs, your projects. What drives you to get out in the shop as often as you can and be creative? Do the things you do inspire others? I Sure hope so! I hope that my projects, videos, and the information I provide inspires others everyday.And hopefully this will help to further inspire a young woodworker who I have gro...
I got the burning completed this morning. Lots of little scales! They are easy to do, but it is important that they be going the right direction and I change sizes in different areas to indicate more flexibility or bends. I sprayed it with water to judge how it will look with a finish.. pear really is an attractive wood! I won’t be able to work on it for several days, so I should have plenty of time to decide whether to paint it or not. My original plan was to paint, primarily becau...
Isn’t funny how some smells remind you of things from your past. As it turns out the scent of red elm reminds me of my late Great Uncles Barn. He owned the family farm that dated back to the 1800s and it had the original barn until just about 15 years ago. As a boy my cousin and I would play in the lofts and at the time I didn’t know it but that wood it was made of must have been elm because when I cut this red elm it reminded me of that old barn. Enough of that! I was able to put seven hour...
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. Name of product: Miter Saw Units: Approximately 22,149 Importer: Robert Bosch Tool Corporation of Mount Prospect, Ill. Hazard: The lower guard...
There have been quite a few times that the long list of Wood Working Celebrities have commented on what it takes to become a good wood worker. The one common quote usually goes a little something like this. Stop (watching / reading, ) my (show / blog), getup and get into your shop and get woodworking This type of quote has been issued time and time again, and I realized that I have been sitting in my living room and watching these shows and reading these blogs more than I had gotten i...
[_]D Morning all, Since the powers that be frown on WIP photos in the projects section, here are some in progress photos of what i did yesterday:I was cleaning out the tool shed (distinct from my Shop… it is where the lawn stuff, and family stuff is stored) and I found a whole bin of short cut-offs plus a single 5/4 cherry board. The board was weathered (it was when I got it) and I’ve had it for at least 8 years now. My how time flies when life gets in the way of woodworking. Th...
On this episode of Shop Time I get to talk with Hendrik Varju again. You can visit Hendriks’s site at passionforwood.com. Hendrik offers several classes and seminars for helping all levels of woodworkers advance their skills. Hendrik also has several DVDs and on this episode we talk about Hendrik’s new DVD, Sharpening & Tuning Hand Planes and Chisels. Comment on the post for this video at RavinHeartRenditions.com for a chance to win a copy. If you have any questions for Hend...
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