At some time or another in our lives, most of us search for our purpose here on Earth. The reason we are here. The meaning of what our life is and why we are here in the first place. We want our lives to have meaning and purpose, I believe. We want to think that all the hard work and things we go through on a daily basis are for a reason. That somehow, in some small way we make a difference in the world. That somehow we make it better. There are professions that are obviously noble....
I started #2 today. This one I’m shooting for better performance. I’m only using five 1/4” laminations this time instead of six and only one is mahogany instead of two. No lyptus in the handle this time either. The difference in weight is very noticable already. Carving out the shark for the inlay Dry fit. The splines for the blade. I book matched the front and rear blade faces. The front is going to be cedar, the rear mahogany. The light cedar front will have a ...
End.. being a fluid term, since it will be a long time before a toolchest will ever be finished. Organizing, rearranging due to acquistion of “new” tools, always changing to fit needs, and adding personal touches leaves the end somewhere on the far horizon. But I am getting close to saying this chest is done… enough. Then move on to other things. That said, bear with me as i edit this post over next day or two. I am juggling time constraints, my phone and the site a...
Welcome October!Our last day of September went out with a bang. It was probably one of my most 'unfavorite' days of the year weather-wise. (Is that even a WORD?) It was very warm and humid, but it was also very rainy and windy which made it difficult to have the windows open without the rain blowing in. YUKKY! I was warm and uncomfortable most of the day. Thank goodness that it seems much cooler this morning. It is still breezy out and overcast (and I believe raining a bit) but nothin...
Well, I’ve finally gone and done it. After blogging about books on boxes , I got the itch to make some boxes! I haven’t delved extensively into boxes, and it has been ages, so it’s like starting new again. My wife makes jewellery that she sells online and at craft shows. She has a show sometime in late October, and another in early November, and I thought it would be a great idea to offer some jewellery boxes next to the jewellery. I therefore have a motivational deadline...
Well, I finally did it. I have been scrimping and saving for a table saw for some time now. After cutting the lid off of my trinket box with my friends cheap craftsman portable table saw, I realized that I really needed to invest in a nice one. So, here is what I got: I’m not sure if it’ll make me a better woodworker, but it sure can’t hurt! :-) Every Ridgid product I’ve purchase has been outstanding so far, and with the Lifetime Limited, I just don’...
Has anyone sharpened a 3 pitch 1/2 -3/4 wide bandsaw blade.I thought this was a wast of time until i tried it. works great unplug saw, blow all sawdust off bandsaw and around it before starting. use dremmel and 3/16-1/4 dia x 1/2 long grinding stone.mark blade with sharpie or tape to show starting spot. this method woorks great on a dull blade. (not a blade that has hit a nail or horeshoe)the area you will be sharpening is the hook area not the top angle of the tooth. with blade ...
As I sit down and write this morning, I find myself struggling a bit as to which direction I want today's post to head. It seems that lately there have been so many new avenues that I have been exploring that it is somewhat difficult for me to discuss them all here without having extremely lengthy posts. While some of you may not mind that, I realize that other just don't have the time, as they are much like me – exploring the different avenues and wondering which one would be t...
The recent kickback thread inspired me to post this link to the PDF of theafety manual from my woodprogram. There is great info on every main machine in the shop. Try the test. Stay safe.
We’re heading into the details of the project. I completed the fretting this weekend. It is tedious but fun once you get going. I had a long roll of nickel fretwire that I cut pieces off and worked with my Dremel tool clamped to the drill press to create a little grinding workstation. The fretwire has tangs on it to hold into the fretboard. The tangs that would go into the fretboard binding (white plastic edging you see) have to be trimmed off to avoid ruining the binding. ...
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