This is my second attempt at the blog this morning. I had one partially written and something came up on my computer that made me shut down my browser and when I got back it was gone. Its a bit frustrating, seeing as things are supposed to be saved every so often, but sometimes things just happen. It wasn’t that exciting of a post anyway, as while yesterday I accomplished quite a bit, most of what I did was website stuff and pattern packet writing and stuff behind the scenes. That ...
Massive clearance sale… It appears that I have too much timber… according to SWMBO… and being in the market for a Laser Engraver… I have decided to have a massive clearance… nearly all the timber I have in stock will be sacraficed for the greater good… more room to buy more timber…lol… and room for the new laser as well as part funding of the new purchase… Unfortunately this sale will be for those close enough to come out and pi...
Once more Keith has come up with a winning machine… first the RouterMaster, then the SlabMaster and a few years ago, the Torque WorkCentre… many of you know I bought one and love it…... Now the machine we have all been waiting for… the CNC Router…Making its debut at the Maleny Wood Expo last weekend… Keith has been making industrial CNC machines for many years and is his passion…this is his first foray into the smaller more affordable machine...
As I indicated in the previous blog, I wanted to save a few bucks and took my “disposable” Ryobi knives to work and asked the tool room manager to try sharpening them. Instead of trying to match the angle of the knife, he just removed .010” off the back. And the results are impressive. They went from completely dull to razor sharp: Those are some pine shaving left over from surfacing some panels. I’m not sure how many more times they can be sharpened, but fo...
On my way out to the Scrollsaw several weeks ago I realized that I did not have the wood for the intended project. So it was either run to Rockler or find a different pattern. After pattern searching for about an hour I realized that this is pointless and a waste of time. Now I will admit to reading most all of Shelia’s blog’s on a daily basis. She always seems to have it under control. Also, I will admit that at one time, in my working life, I taught and sold Planning and Orga...
With the cases assembled and glue dried, it’s time to mount the drawer slides. I started to manually measure the location for each slide… But quickly realized that a quicker, more accurate way to lay out the lines would be a mini story pole. Once the center lines were laid out, then it was time to install the slides. I used an awl to create a pilot for the 7/16” drill bit needed for the screws. I also used a 3/4” scrap to position the slides. Next, I...
It feels odd this morning writing and not being able to show the work that I did over the weekend for the magazine. I am not always good at keeping surprises, especially on such a large scale. I tend to be more like a child and share my own excitement about something new that I am doing. But this time around, I think it is probably best for me to keep things under wraps – at least for a while anyway. The magazine industry is having a rough go of it. With all the advances in commu...
At this point, despite taking today ‘off’ from shop time, I’m going to call the interior shop cleaning ‘done’, in that once I put away what is left on top of my bench, I will have it all cleaned up and ready to work. Now it is on to bigger & better things. I’ve had my shop in various states of progress for about a decade. I’ve made a bunch of things from the shop itself, to several beds, a bunch of cutting boards and so forth. One thing I hav...
I created a quick video on what I do to protect my tablesaw. I like to put a lite cover of Johnson paste wax across the top of it. Check out the video below or read more about it over at woodlogger.com
View the full blog with photos here! When someone, woodworkers and non-woodworkers alike, hear the term ‘dovetail’ they usually do not imagine a dove’s tail. The picture something similar to the photo on the right. Dovetails are generally either what can be called ‘half-blind’, or ‘through’. In the furniture my classmates, myself, and other artisans create, you can see this joint used very routinely. Drawers, especially, are a dovetail gold min...
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