Mafe alias “toolmaker” do a great job on LJ figuring out jigs&tools we all can use. He do it in a simple way and explain it so everyone can understand it. I know he has a big heart for planes. He got at least 70( i have counted them) and more will come. He treasure them,use them,dont use them,sharping them,tell stories about them,well i could go on but to make it short he simply loves them! So this evening i found out that some people claime the inventor of the hand p...
So after spending 820 days working 26 hours a day, 8 days a week on restoring this dresser it’s finally DONE! Ok, so it certainly was not a priority project and got very sporadic time devoted to it over the last 2 years but what a chore it was… I think it’s far easier to build something from scratch than to restore an older piece. As you can see from the first couple of pictures, there is a slight cup in the top which wasn’t able to be straightened out and you can s...
The latest carving practice piece is done in Sycamore. Fairly hard wood for carving. I am continuing to enjoy carving with only one tool, my shop made knife. I plan to try out a utility knife, but I’ve grown rather fond of the one I’m using. The advantage for me is that I can sit on the terrace and enjoy my wife’s company and the garden too.Normally chip carving means taking out chips one at a time to final depth. But due to the wood hardness I am for the most part making...
Well. with the delivery to my friend of the window seat today, I can start putting the ole shop back in order. I had to stir up the contents several times while building and painting that project. Because of having to make new tops for it after finishing and attempting to assemble the lids of the boxes, I had to tear down the finishing operation, build new tops then put the spray booth back together to finish them. Also, part way through the window seat project, my daughter and I turned ab...
As I have stated in previous blogs, I lost my blade sharpening guy at the begining of this year (another causuality of the ecomomy). Fellow LJ MrEdd told me about a place that he takes his blades. A world wide company named Leitz Tooling. They have a delevery route that is close to my home so I meet the salesperson and take advantage of their service. Prices are good ($15 for a 10” 40 tooth carbide blade sharpening). Haven’t tried the blades yet since I got them back but how ...
Do you mean to tell me that yesterday was day 1? It seems like a week ago. It’s been a while since I’ve been to a trade show – I forgot how exhausting it can be. Nonetheless, today was chalk filled with excitement. Oh, before I forget, I found a nice saw if anyone is interested in buying it for me. Today was a mixture of tools and machines I will probably never own, and information I can’t do without. . They had complete systems that were CNC, and did everyth...
Hey Lumber Jock Friends,Im Matt Riemenschneider, an 18 year old that is trying to go to Fox Valley college for wood manufacturing. My dream is to build yachts, id love to be able to do that. As you might know being a high school graduate you dont have a boat load of money to pay for college. And my parents not ever going to college dont know the first thing about paying for college. All i want to do is build things and put my skills to some good use but that damn money situation is holding me...
The view is almost fine. The metal screws are more decorative, than i thought. The only problem with the sight right now is the rusty iron swing temporarily put in it for the time while I’m working on the wooden one. The climbing rope net is also missing but I’m on the search for one. The legs were 1 cm thinner than the inner width of the metal footpiece, so I had to put an extra piece of wood there to make it fit tight and prevent any movement. Of course, that wo...
Here is what I started and worked on the past week at War Eagle, in the class taught by Adina Huckins. I think I am making some progress and I am pleased with how this one is turning out. I also did several smaller heads and I think I am finally getting some of the facial planes in properly. I sent photos of this back to my family and several people noticed some resemblance to my daughter, who is a blue-eyed blond. Hence the title ( I’m also a fan of the Who!”. More to com...
I am typing fast, as I am running out early this morning. There is lots to do on this busy Monday and I want to get an early start. One of the things that is on the list is to contact the place where I purchased the magnets sheets from and see what different types of materials they have to offer. Even though I like these thin sheets, I would almost like something that is just a little thicker with slightly more holding power. As I indicated on yesterdays’ blog, these are pretty m...
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