Here is a challenge most of us face at one time or another. I have a Craftsman bench top sander that gets a lot of use in my shop. Well, it did until here recently when it met the concrete. Yep, I didn’t have it fastened down in order to keep it portable on my work bench. By the time I realized that it was on the edge, it was too late. I wasn’t about to try to catch a running power tool, so all I could do is step back and watch it plunge to its death. Ok, maybe it’s n...
Wow. It’s been an eventful day! I visited a friend who works out at Pioneer Millworks (PioneerMillworks.com) this afternoon, and hauled in quite a load! Pioneer specializes in reclaimed wood flooring, but also provides timber framing and millwork services. They receive massive beams from old barns, factories, and other structures as well as flooring planks, massive joists, and plank siding from all over the northeast. It was mind boggling to see their outdoor lumber yard plump with...
First of all, I am new to LumberJocks and have truly enjoyed this site. I am making a butcher block kitchen counter top of walnut and tiger rosewood. I am not 100% on what type of finish I want to use. I have read posts about mineral oil and food safe finishes, but thought I would ask the experts. Thanks
I have bought more than a few reference books to help me out in my shop. I know that I can get most of the information on the web but there’s something about owning, holding,looking and even writing in the book that I like. So after seeing Stevinmarin’s Router Table series I ordered the book he recommended, Woodworking With the Router: Professional Router Techniques and Jigs Any Woodworker Can Use . When I 1st went on line I found it for over $40 Then I saw it used for $5.43 (w...
I spent the the entire day yesterday doing research and also some experimenting with some products that I intend to use for my next design. While this doesn’t seem to be the most exciting thing in the world (at least not to blog about!) it is something that is necessary so that when I draw my patterns up, they work out well. I intend to use the clear Chalkboard Varnish on part of my next project, which I am submitting to the magazine for their holiday issue, but I want to make sure ...
Many moons ago my family and I, including my Mother and my oldest Brother lived with my grandparents and at the ripe old age of extra-young, I remember floating around in the mystical world of my grandfather’s shop. The concrete floors of a repurposed storage/garage was like a mystical land, covered in piles of sawdust and hulks of machinery and both my older brother and I learned a few tricks of the trade at my grandfather’s side. Years later, I shudder somewhat in horror of t...
... will hang out side so it is pressure treated 1/2” pine sheathing. In this photo, letters are primed, painted, Gorilla Glued and screwed.
I sharpened my chisel for the second try and decided to stay with the pine for no. 2; Reason 1: The free pallet hard wood needs to be cut and planed to size (for which I didn’t have time today) and the pine is just ready to use. Reason 2: If I can learn to make a dovetail with softwood, then it will be easier in hardwood. This logic is based on my experience with welding. I learned to weld on 1.6mm square tubing and welding angle irons and other thicker material was very easy. Furthermo...
Or better yet: when the dreaded tree-killing mushroom from hell finds its own slayer. These chunks of mushroom flesh (completely dry) are from Fomes Fomentarius, the evil tinder conk, that loves birch to death, literally. Being a scientific mind in a demented body, I of course cut down a rather big Fomes fruiting body into chunks (secret project) and brought them back to Paris with me. Right now I’m sorting things out here, many will go back to the parents’ house, in my ...
Well it seems that nice things come all at once lately. I signed a lease in a new craft mall and now need to stock my shelves, quickly. Then I get a package from the original craft store I am in saying that they had signed me up for a craft show Sept. 22nd. That would be just under 7 weeks from today. I was in the show last year and it was great. Now they are paying for the booth so, like, I need to go. Stocking two craft stores with scrollsaw items, also, getting enough product ready for ...
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