Create your own key rack so you never lose those keys again. If you don’t have a forge to heat up your metal hooks, you can use a propane torch.
I purchased my first table saw a few years ago and it is still running like a champ. I have since become comfortable using dado sets, and learning how to be safe! I would love to have a nice cabinet saw, but I really do not “need” one at the moment. That being said, I have always disliked my stamped wings on the side of the table saw. For about a year or so I have looked for cast iron wings to replace them. Then I ran into the Bench Dog Pro Max cast iron router table extension. I ...
Its been a while since posting anything about hand saws, but all is not lost. I have been posting a blog entry every Friday on The Unplugged Woodshop. This past weeks entry was about hand sawing. More specifically, on stance and grip. I also made my first video showing how I teach people to hold the saw and start the cut. (below) View on YouTube And last, I know it has nothing to do with hand saws, but I made the below box Its just a small box made from some soft quilted maple....
The design of the front door is when its closed its vertical and upon unlocking and opening it it dissapears horizontally under the bottom drawer. This is what the original rough out looked like. It was a bit bland and heavy so I decided to cut it into rails and stile to make a four panel door. I didnt want a fancy profile and found I had a suitable shaper bit that would do the job Here is my test prototype. With a satisfactory fit production went ahead. First up I...
On Thursday morning, I had LASIK eye surgery. I can’t think of enough words to describe how amazing it is to be glasses-free after 20 years. Wow. I’m not yet 100% (hey, it’s only been two days!), but I was able to drive myself to the follow-up appointment and I see noticeable changes every few hours. As you can see, I’m at least able to see my monitor! Funny thing – everything seems to be BIGGER without glasses. I don’t know if it was some trick my ...
Sorry I haven’t been blogging the past few days; this week at work was a rough one. I’ve not been this glad to see Friday afternoon in a long time. I’m afraid this blog is going to be a long one, as I probably need to get a bit out of my system… When I had any spare time, I’ve been doing some freelance documentation work – love it! – and trying to generate a pricing list for Pop’s tools – not so much fun. I guess it is more important...
Well all I need to do now is mount the top and do some final sanding. Then its time to apply the finish. I think I am going to use a semi gloss poly. I will spray several coats with my HVLP sprayer. I used old pine and mahogany as my woods. The strechers and edges of the top are mahogany as well as the diamonds I added to the aprons. I started to inlay the diamonds but decided that being raised would look good. I think just a clear finish will really highlight the natural colors of the woo...
The bed is at last complete and assembled in the bedroom. My son was out of town with his mother this weekend so my in-laws come over to help me move it up to his room. Here are a few photos: And here’s a video of his reaction upon seeing it for the first time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOwWwstZzmo Phew! Glad to have that done. Next big project is converting the back half of my garage into an actual shop with a locking door to keep little fingers away from saw bla...
I’ve been really busy lately, and stressed. I got a call from our friend Carol and was asked to build her husband Jim’s casket as he was going downhill rapidly, with brain cancer. He had been in bed since Christmas and was given days to live as of last week. The family had already said their goodbyes in the advanced hospital Jim was moved to a day after she ordered the casket, so I had to move fast. Carol asked for an art casket like Christy’s, my first project post, and ...
My bandsaw is an 18” Taiwan version. Grizzly had a similar version a few years ago. The saw works great. My first problem is dust collection. It’s a sweep it up off the floor. Have to find something to do for that. The next problem is when you lay your hand on the right side of the table, it tends to go off of 90 degrees. You can tighten it as much as you want but it still moves. I took the table top off. On the right is a bolt that you move up and down to set the tabl...
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