So the new main panel went in yesterday, and man is this sucker huge. Here are the before and after shots: Before: After: Garage panel: Seeing this makes me feel like I’m getting ready for some mad scientist experiments. Or maybe a Delorian projects: On a more serious note, I’ve been astronomically depressed at work over the last couple of months. My company actually has amazing benefits (free health care, great pay, bonuses, etc…) but more and more I...
I am a bit late writing this morning, I suppose that is of no consequence to most of you. It seems to be that time of year when there is more than the ‘normal’ amount of correspondence to attend to. Or maybe that is just part of the business growing. Either way, it is good. A big part of what keeps me motivated and encourages me is the feedback I receive from customers. Whether it is positive or suggestions on how I might do things a little better, it is always a learning pro...
The task of this cabinet is to support the center front of St Patrick Cathedral model. I will make it so that the center of the model will pull out 24” to view the interior details.This cabinet will be 22” wide and 32” deep. There will be an internal frame attached to cabinet 7, to support the sliding assembly for the cabinet. This shows the complete fixed portion of the cabinet. It will be the main support for the shell. This is the complete frame for the outer shell ...
I made a little more progress this week. I now have the stretchers cut and fit. The first thing to do is to cut the mortises. It took a lot of fiddling and was pretty slow going with the mortises that are 2 1/2” deep by 3/4”. I could only get away with going about 3/16” w/ each pass that’s a lot of passes to get 2 1/2” deep on eight mortises. Next up was the tenons. These went much faster. Here they are roughed in using a dado on the table saw. I d...
Now that the plank lines are set I need to glue on each plank starting in the middle of the boat and working down towards what will be the top edge, or sheer in boat-speak. Each plank will overlap the one below it which makes the shape of the planks very visible. If they are well shaped they plank lines create a beautiful flowing shadow lines and accentuate the curves of the hull. If they are off it starts to look goofy fast! The planks next to the keel are called garboards (no idea why) a...
I had a somewhat unusual weekend. Nothing really outstanding happened, but I found myself feeling quite a bit “blah.” That is unusual for me. Usually I am rather driven and focused and I spend the days pushing ahead or catching up on the rest of the world while they have their weekend. But this weekend, it seemed that there was little wind in my sails to drive me. I must confess – there was barely a breeze. I had spent the past two weeks working harder than usual and ...
I have been using Craftsman 12” tilt head band saws since the late 80’s. Worked OK for what I did but the 8 amp motor would bog down at times. Wasn’t really looking to spend money on a band saw but spotted a used Jet in the local ads and decided to swap out the saws. The new saw created 2 problems for me. 1. my entire shop is mobile so I needed to address that, and, 2. I am short and shrinking every day so I needed to lower the working height of the table. My Craftsma...
Ok just finished this piece made of 3/4” walnut, except for a mirror background. A little nervous about it, but going to jump right in and for the 1st. time cut plexiglass for the background of this project. I just ordered a piece that’s 1/8” thick x 12”x24” from Sloan’s Workshop along with Olson blades double skip tooth 3D and 5D. Not sure witch size blade will do it, so got the 2 sizes. LOL Sloan’s has instructions on how to cut and handle t...
I heard about Vet Wrap from a friend and got some. Great stuff. Basic use is for wrapping the legs of horses but it has other uses. It sticks to itself when wrapped. I use it to wrap my thumb when I am carving with a knife. If there is a slip the wrap saves the thumb. Also any time I have a finger cut and apply a bandaid I cover that with some Vet Wrap and the bandaid will last most of the day while working in the shop. It is available at most tack shops or, I guess, from a veterinary. I got ...
What a beautiful morning it is! One would think that starting the day with a mundane chore like putting the garbage on the curb would be poopie, but I think with the right point of view, even something like that could be pleasant. Yes – I know I am crazy! Shortly after it got light out, I was making my morning coffee and saw my Google reminder that today was garbage day. While I waited for the water to boil I thought I may as well get it to the curb early. There was a foggy mist...
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