Just after I started this project we get an actual bona-fide offer on our house, which we accepted. Which of course means I have to pack up the shop. But I was part way through building a cupboard… OK, so finish it quick so it can be moved as furniture and not partly assembled chunks of junk. Sounds an excellent plan, yes? You know what they say about plan though – “No plan survives contact with the enemy” which in its original form is attributed to Field Marshal vo...
The Great Garage Reorganization and Shop Improvement Act #4: Let there be light! ...and lumber storage.
When autumn came and I started working in the garage with the doors closed, I realized how little light I have with the new shop arrangement. I started by putting up an eight foot long florescent fixture (4-four foot T12 bulbs) over the table saw/jointer area figuring I would re-evaluate where I needed light after that was up. Then my neighbor tells me he can get me some eight foot long fixtures from his company since they were closing down a factory. So I ended up getting 3-eight fo...
Experiment to post Video to explain why I have had great success with the use of the template guides. This is an opportunity to show the advantages of the guides so when I present a topic I will have the oportunity to follow it up with the video. I had posted the two small tables that I had constructed for our church, very small only 200mm high to take a vase of flowers I will go back and see if I can get the video and post it here. This video is here to introduce Template Tom and sh...
revamped the v-drum sander works like a top. totally redesigned my first plan
Yesterday I got this great tool for free. My neighbor has this Starrett No. 490. I was looking at it and asked if he was interested in selling it. He is not a woodworker and said he rarely ever uses it. I have another Starrett square but it doesn’t have the angle adjustment on it. He gave it to me.
Hello All, I have finished the carving mallet. I comes in at 1 pound 4.8 ounces. If you care to check it out, feel free to hop on over to the blog. I will also throw it up in the projects section too. http://bit.ly/crvRIy Brian
So several months ago I promised to build my wife a wine buffet. It was a fairly ambitious plan since you could equate my woodworking experience with that of an infant. Fate intervened in my ambitions though when I found out my wife was pregnant. The wine buffet got the boot in favor of a much more practical and needed project, a dresser for the kiddo’s new room. So, the dresser project began. The goal of this project is simple: to build a simple, sturdy dresser that has a pleasi...
I guess I am getting wiser with age after all…a good friend of mine pointed out the difference between being smart and being wise. I say this because I used to get upset (really more like pissed off) at some of the posts and ideas that didn’t click with me. This is not positive for this great site. It is easy to be blunt and create more reactions when you are sitting behind a monitor….here is a few samples 1. The Rockler Bench Cookies Challenge – I bashed this ...
(click on the pic for a full-size view) So here’s the bench mostly as I see it. My apologies for the faintness, but I think you get the idea. I forgot to put the crochet on there, so that would naturally be on the front left of the benchtop. You’ll also notice that I have no vises on the bench. I’m not entirely convinced that the bench needs them, although I do plan on making a removable twin-screw vise à la Moxon (not pictured). I had planned on installing a wagon vis...
I’ve been unable to get much shop time lately, and currently my biggest project is cleanup. As my gentle readers know, I got stopped toward the end of an attic insulation project by spiraling temps. I simply do NOT want to fry my skull off in order to insulate my attic… But several rolls of R30 remained in the shop. Well that got taken care of yesterday. In all honesty, with the insulation out of the way, the smoker, and trash cans rolled out into the driveway, my shop feels do...
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