If you’ve been reading my blog posts, you know I fairly recently tried power sanding bowls on the lathe and liked it. Well, I’ve had several people suggest a non-powered method that seems to be popular. I checked into it and do believe that it will work just as well as the power sanding, but easier to deal with. I checked on one suggested system. You can see it if you like by clicking on this link. Besides being out of stock at the moment, I simply do not have the money to afford ...
Building ‘stuff’ has always been in my blood. Whether it was a small project that I probably could have bought something for cheaper, or the undertaking of building a shed with no prior framing or construction experience. I’ve always had a drive to construct, build, assemble, and create. It started when I was just a kid. I remember when my best friend and I would sit for hours trying to build some new contraption that we deemed necessary for that days activities. We e...
This interview with Grumpy is from the July, 2013 issue of our LumberJocks’ eMag. Both Grumpy and I thought that we had done this before but we couldn’t find it anywhere … so here we go (again?) 1. How did you first get started working with wood? My father was a builder and was away a lot when I was young. He had a big shed with lots of tools in it so as a boy I had access to lots of woodworking gear. Didn’t know what most of them did at that stage but had...
There was a pretty popular scrap bin challenge this past fall, and I thought I would get a head start on 2015. This is how I handle my left over scrap wood. View on YouTube
Guess this how everything got started if you look back far enough. I was layed off from my log home construction job in PA in 2007. Was off long enough to collect one of those unemployment checks before I found another job working at an antiques wood shop. Well, my second daughter was born two months into that job and after daycare and gas, I was keeping 5 to 10 dollars a week. So I quit to watch after the kids and to try to find a more lucrative job. Try walking onto a jobsite, and tell...
I picked up a decent 65 gallon fish tank off CL last week. I have some large goldfish occupying a pond in the back yard that are going to need a winter home soon. The tank itself is in decent shape, a little scratched and worn, but it will work. The base is a different, ugly story. Pine, 2×4s, rough. Rusted hardware, mildew inside. Challenge Accepted. I have cleaned the tank and stripped and put new silicone in the joints, so that is basically read. I now have disassembled the base...
Came by this wood pile and could not beleave what I was seeing. Sure looks like a heart to me. I just had to share with you guys. Have a great day
help!!!I have not been on the site for a while, please for give me. I am trying to get all these pictures of my projects on my page through photobucket. Can anyone explain how this works? I have dial up and pics upload slooooooow man. If I have to I can go to a WiFi lovation and upload I can do that. Would that help??? any help would be much appreciated. Thanks
getting close… finished the drawer fronts, so I’m nearly done with all cutting. Mostly left is sanding and the part I dread the most – finishing. That’ll be the make it or break it time.
As I finished up the last couple of things that needed to be done yesterday, I stopped and thought about how fortunate I was to be doing the job I am doing. It is actually difficult for me to call what I do a “job” because I enjoy what I do so much that it doesn’t really feel like work. I know that I am the exception to the rule, as I see people complaining every day about their jobs, their co-workers and bosses. Many of them count down the days of the week to the days w...
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