So I had to re-cut the small and large racks (the parts with the holes in them that hold the bottles). My model in SketchUp was fine and dimensioned right. I transferred the dimensions to my cut list just fine. I checked and rechecked the measurement before cutting. And the racks were each 3” short. Grrrrr. Turns out when I was checking and rechecking, I misread my own handwriting (which is, admittedly, terrible—I work on a computer and have pretty much lost the abil...
Here are three pens I turned for co-workers over the Thanksgiving Day weekend. The first two pens are gold in color 30cal Bolt Action Pens. The next three are Patriot pens. The Patriot pens are new to the market and make a very pretty pen once turned. The last two are also new to the market. The last two are Western style pens, also very nice looking pens.
Fellow LJ’s:I’ve been shopping the net for a biscuit joiner…and need your input. Here’s what I’ve learned so far: - Porter-Cable has the best handle and power switch arrangement, not to mention top quality – and the price to go with it. It’s probably the top of the list (except Festool’s REALLY high-end thang!) - DeWalt is almost the same tool except the t-handle isn’t on the fence, it’s on the motor. But the fence, motor, switch and price are about the same as PC. - ...
Thought you guys might enjoy this short video, especially Greg at Oregonburls. http://s900.photobucket.com/albums/ac202/dstruhar/Chainsaw/
Almost as good as getting new tools is getting new lumber. A local saw mill had some great walnut. I was able to get a couple boards almost 20” wide, with clean, straight grain perfect for a table top that showcase a great inlay. Also on the haul were 2 slabs that would make a great bar or even other beautiful natural edges. The wide boards are 8’ long, the slabs are about 10’. But maybe the best find were these sister boards from another tree a couple weeks be...
I recently finished building a federal style card table loosely patterned after the plan in FWW issue #59, “Federal Card Table” by Michael Dunbar. That table in turn is based on a piece from the period, thought to be from Baltimore. I still consider myself a newbie, and was shocked at how well the finished table came out! Now I’m going to make a second table with a few improvements. If you’d like to follow along I can promise you that we will take an interesting and unconve...
Hello All, I want to thank everyone for helping in the name the chisels contest. There were a lot of great ideas. And the Winner in the Name the Chisel contest is… http://su.pr/1L9NPn Thanks, Brian
I’ve made a little more progress on the snowman (he’s a filler project for when I only have 20 or 30 minutes to work in the shop). His nose is a piece of a dowel that sharpened pencil sharpener and then I carved it down a bit more with a utility knife and then sanded it a bit (not TOO much, its a carrot after all). His 3 button’s are all pieces from the same dowel. I need to apply a little wood filler in one or two places, sand that smooth, then put on the f...
There are times such as this when I wish I never had to sleep. I find myself getting so wrapped up in my project that the days seem to pass at the blink of an eye. Yesterday was just like that. I sat at the table in the late morning and began once again working on my painting. Besides writing my blog here, there were some every day chores that I had to finish before I could settle in. (Showering, getting dressed, answering emails, etc.) and I found myself wondering why doing all this s...
Today was mainly devoted to repair work. I had a lot of bad cuts due to the pattern coming loose (my fault). Repair methodI found that the easiest way was to take a ‘rubbing’ from the empty spaces in my temporarily assembled picture. The empty spaces were where my badly cut or ruined pieces should have been. The method requires that there is an outline edge for the entire piece. I placed a plain piece of paper over each space in turn and just ran my pencil from side to side....
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