Hello my friends. I’m at the point of installing new lights in my wood shop. I’m hearing a lot about the T8 lights out there. My shop is small, only 22’x22’ or 484 sq. ft. I have nine foot ceilings, and only two windows, 22×30. Was wondering of a good brand, that I can rely on for years. Any imput will help. Thanks.
Sorry I’m late.. but alot has been going on. Jumping back in Today were making the TOP… Only cut what you can glue up (trust me on this, Movement will kill you (and me I had to add 2 more sticks after I tossed several I just cut last weekend that did the Watusi on me and I decided it was cheaper to just spend another 16 bucks and get a pair of 10’ start over pieces) So, The Glue really needs to dry for at least 4 hours. On a good weekend I can really only make a pa...
Another day off (Wednesday’s) and down to the garage/shop I go. Thought I’d give a progress report. You know that it takes longer then I ever thought to cut, plain, measure, glue and pin 46 slates in place. Might not have taken quite as long if some of them weren’t cut on 45 deg. angles, and almost everything was cut by hand. But, I enjoyed the time spent. A little closer to the finish line. Next I will sand all the slates with 220 grit and start the drawers. Remember I s...
I am about to purchase this but am trying to find out if this particular pump is good for veneering work and forms? I have seen pumps that deliver 6+ CFM and think that’s good..anyone familuar with this stuff, can you please advise asap..I’m suppose to look at it tomorrow..I want the best I can afford and for it to last and work well.. http://www.drillspot.com/products/35791/Gast_0523-101Q-G582DX_Vacuum_Pump
First I work on making the “pillars” for the architectural details in the front of the hutch. Then I carve the “foundations” for the pillars with a chisel. I cut the top to size, and using the router table, I form the decorative edge. Again, I use a router to cut the groove for the inlay, glue the inlay in, flush them to the surface as with the drawers and attach the top. I also show how I fix a pretty big mistake when I was cutting the inlay. As always, I welcome your questions and commen...
Wood of Acquisition ….in this place of all that surrounds me here, i am infatuated with the beauty that comes from wood, where one can go from being pressed hard to circumvent tasteless wood journeys, into the artistic imaginations of finding my place as ‘wood art’.... —-and so with that thought in mind, slowly i arise from the floor-space, where i have been doing time in my work-space, as i push up from this place of knee-space…. —-stretching now ...
Although I haven’t completed many big projects before, I got the hair-brained idea to construct a large built in entertainment center in our media room. I am hoping to get the carcasses and face frames built fairly quickly, then take some time to build a large drawer at the bottom and doors at the top. The whole unit will be 10’ wide by 8’ high. Below is a photo of the area before the project started. I really need to learn how to use Sketchup, but for now my...
Here’s another project I took on in hopes of challenging myself to step-up my game by trying things I had not yet tried. This piece involved a lot of very small mortise and tenon joints, a type of joinery with which I had little experience, having never cut a true “hidden” mortise and having employed only thru tenons which I produced exclusively with the aid of my trusty power tools. This design however called for twenty six “mini” MT joints ( ¼”-x- ¾” tenons) that needed to be cut by hand. N...
A few months ago on ebay, I picked up a couple planes. I’m a “power tool guy” (and frankly, what I see you guys do with hand tools looks like black magic to me!), but I figured I should see what all the fuss is about. Having never used a SHARP plane before, I was certain I didn’t need them! In the intervening months, I quit my job, moved to another state, and—perhaps most importantly—acquired a honing guide and a working knowledge of Scary Sharp. Th...
During the whole rip the walls down, add insulation and power thing, my shop became a total mess, then came a few nasty bouts of sickness that kept me out of the shop for far too long. While I am not pushing too hard, I am getting back to getting things in order. That means putting things where they belong, assuming a where they belong still exists… So LOML willing, is going to be the Texas Two Step as it were in my shop… Step #1. Take garbage out. I have a couple of bags...
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