Spent a little more time working tonight, got the board for my wife’s iPad stand cut down to final dimensions. Just need to route the edges and cut the angle for the back once I decide exactly what that angle is going to be :) I just have to say that I finally feel like I have a working shop. Boards are flat, corners square, every single cut I make feels safe and easy. I’m not getting overconfident by any measure but I’m finding it much simpler to make my plans become ...
A note of explanation about part 3 -I would normally do dual posts of my blog on Lumberjocks and www.randallprice.com but as this post is very photo intensive and I had alignment issues with the photos on my site so I didn’t attempt the dual post and instead provided a link to the post which opens in a new window. http://www.randallprice.com/jigs-and-fixtures/workin-with-what-you-got-part-3/ Randyhttp://www.randallprice.com
For Father’s Day 2011 I will receive a table saw. This, along with a circular saw, a drill, and a Dremel is the entire extent of my power tool collection. The saw is a Ryobi BT3000, found at a local garage sale for $80. From my research, it looks like a very good saw and a very good deal. Hopefully I won’t hurt myself :) I grew up in a household that emphasized working with your mind over working with your hands, but I have discovered that I really enjoy working with my hand...
I hope to start soon on my first LJ posted project. It’s not 100% woodworking, but it will do. :) I am going to be detailing the steps I take as I restore an ill used, but classic Stevens 311 (12ga). Now this may not seem like much to you smiths out there but as a completelly self taught gunsmith, with only mainly touch ups under his belt; this will be my first full restoration. In addition to restoring the action I will also be rebluing the entire gun as well as building and checke...
I spent some days learning SketchUp for various reasons. One, was to know exactly where my studs were and have a visual record of the spacings. Two, to make a color layout diagram for the permit process. I was all proud at how organized the SketchUp printout was.But it took forever to get down to the city permit dept, 3 weeks. I tried to go thru the day but work prevented me from being in the area and plus, my work service truck had a challenge finding open parking spaces. So i purposely...
So I know that it has been a while sence I have written about the progress of my new shop. 29 days acording to the date on my last posting. I am still not totally functional yet but I am getting there. Last week I sold a couple of planter boxes and ran as fast as I could to the hardware store to purchace casters for my table saw. I built my saw table with a router station on the out feed side, it is approx 4 X 8 all said and done. Prior to this trip to the hardware store I was running 4 ...
I said in an earlier blog, that I was going out to get root buroughs, from the farmers as they trim their orchards. So far I have about 12 buroughs all walnut….over a ton easily.Thankfully the farmer was kind enough to put them in the truck for me, with his tractor. We were loading some, while he was burning some. These farmers seem to be in a hurry to get rid of them. I could easily have 50 by now if they hadn’t burnt them.While I was sawing of the roots, I found out my chain saw...
Hey, just realized that when I’m blogging away, most of you guys are in bed. And when you are doing the same, well you know where I am. That brings me to the point of this post. HAPPY NEW YEAR LumberJocks! Yes, I’m in the new year already – waiting for you guys to come on over. It’s been a great year so far. Trust you will find that you are closer to fulfilling your dreams this year. So best wished from downunder. God bless.
I don’t own any giant molding bits. So if I’m going to make a reasonably large molding for the top of the cupboard, then I’m going to have to make it in smaller pieces and glue it together. Not as hard as it sounds. What was hard though is I decided it had to look nice AND could only be made with bits I already had. The original article I’m taking my inspiration from has some sample moldings and while I don’t have all the same profiles, I can get pretty clo...
I completed a few details and completed this practice piece this weekend. Overall, it turned out ok and it improved my confidence and helped jog my memory a bit …..I just need to practice more of what I was taught! So I will continue to carve some more, but I may throw a cane or a Santa in, just to keep it from becoming a grind. Thanks for looking and following along. I will post more of the finished carving under the projects section.
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