After 5+ years of going back and forth between the carport and part of my basement, I finally decided a few months ago to clear out my 341sq. ft. 1-car garage and make it my dedicated shop space. I’m still working on clearing stuff out, but the plan is to purge everything we’ve just been storing in the garage, then build a small shed in the backyard and move pretty much everything else (bicycles, lawn mower, snowblower, garden tools, car maintenance stuff, etc.) into the shed. ...
In this episode I setup the stand to my new skil tablesaw. Most people start off with one of these saws because they are about $120 and theywork ok. Putting the stand together is easy but reading the manual is a pain in the ass because it goes back in forth from english to spanish.I put a piece of cardboard between the saw and the stand to stop all the dust from going ton the floor. I have a full review of this saw on my website at www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.com
Good morning lumber jocks. I started my own business 3 1/2 years ago and I done alright with it but the one thing I haven’t done is try to build new things or more challegeing things. With my business I make beds of all sizes. Well I had a lady call me and asked me if I could make her two loft beds with a desk and a dresser under each one. At first I was thinking if I could make that for her. Then I thought yea I can how am I going to ever learn how to make some of those things lik...
I am embarrassed now that I have been woodworking for a few years how many tools I have collected. What I really am afraid to admit is how few of this massive collection I really use with any consistently. It seemed for a long time every time something “new” or shiny, improved, or whatever came out, I just had to have it. Some how, I had convinced myself if I just had that tool – it would make me an better woodworker. Yea right. I humbly admit most of these new fangled tools I rar...
I took a vacation day today to get caught up on some chores around the house and work on the band saw for a little while. I had some difficulty removing the “wheel side” bearing from the shaft. I picked up a set of 3-jaw gear pullers from Harbor Freight for $20 yesterday to do the job. I used the middle-sized set of the three and the bearing came off without difficulty using this method. That was the last step of disassembly. I am not planning on doing some immaculate...
Had some time to kill today so made a few more laminated tops. Bob May 28 2012
All in all I think I had a pretty good weekend. Lately it seems that I have been scrambled in so many directions that it is sometimes hard to feel like I am accomplishing as much as I should. I have been working on several projects simultaneously, Because of that, it has once again felt as if I was progressing at a snails’ pace. I try not to worry about these feelings that I have had. I should know by now that if I am patient, I will see everything gel and in the end I will have s...
I was at the lumberyard yesterday and picked up a chunk of basswood. It is for a homeschooler who is wanting to “whittle”. I’ve got limited expereince with the wood, so on a whim, I decided to take a few passes with a hand plane to see how it acted. It is no secret that this is the softest hardwood of the bunch, so it took very little effort to push a plane across the surface. This got me thinking. Why doesn’t anyone use this wood to teach basic hand plane tech...
Just an FYI. We just launched a new site at “www.ToolCrib.com":http://www.toolcrib.com">http://www.ToolCrib.com. There is a new ToolCrib.com Blog with a Deal Of The Day section I think you guys will really like. You can also do side by side comparisons of any tool in the amazon inventory. Just search for a tool and click “compare”. Check it out if you have time and I would love to get your feedback.
I started this project for a friend a few months ago and will be putting the finishing touches on soon. It is a plywood box with pine face frame. I used my Kreg Jig for all the joints. This is the largest project I have tackled to date and has been a great learning experience. The plan has changed from the original drawings as we learned along the way. My wife might be a little upset that I have spent at least four times the cost of materials in new tools (and then some). I tell her it is an ...
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