March in Kansas can go from Snow to Tornadoes and back pretty quickly, sometimes in the same day. However, there are some days where everything just works out, and March 16th, was one of those days, warm, sunny, and calm in Kansas. It was a perfect day to play with the kids outside. The trees are budding, the Iris’ are popping up, and the grass is greening. Both kids went outside and took big breaths and commented on how good it smelled outside. It did smell good indeed. I haven’t tal...
I think the 3 biggest factors that keep people out of the woodworking craft are time, space, and money. I am not talking about professionals, but those of us that want to do it for a hobby. These have held me back for a number of years, but I am hoping to address all of these and start getting into the craft. TIME:By far, the biggest factor for me over the past years have been time. There were just too many other thing taking priority. First there was work. I do not make a living with...
I spent some time this weekend setting up to resaw my veneers. I put together a quick jig to help assure my veneer thickness came out as even as possible. Since even a variance of just 0.005” over ten slices of veneer could add up to nearly 1/16”, I made sure my jig was parallel to the blade. In addition, I flipped the board for each slice of veneer to cancel out any error accumulation. Each veneer slice is 5-1/4” wide and 5’ long. The cuts take about 18 m...
I am now in the second half of my first year of woodworking and I thought that perhaps it was a good time to look back and assess my progress as well as set some goals for the future. The latest challenge, the Summer Awards, was an eye-opener for me, as I realized that my skills had indeed reached a new level. It was only this past January that I decided that it was time to try my hand at the hobby that had intrigued me for years but I had no experience with. Although i didn’t (an...
Well, my chemo is starting to kick me in places I didn’t know I had. I went two days without making any saw dust and that was worse than the side effects of the drugs. Yesterday I couldn’t stand it any longer so I went out to my cave and used my router table for the first time. I made a coat rack for inside the back door where coats usually end up on the sofa. It seemed like a good excuse to do some woodworking to me, even if my wife was yelling at me for not being in bed. It didn...
Well I got the trim to fit (‘shortening’ the table worked) and now my daughter and I are priming it in anticipation of painting later today. Five year olds can do a surprisingly good job painting! Pictures and more later!
I just got home from my visit to the ER followed by a stay in a hospital bed. That was not very enjoyable. Neither were to two days leading up to the decision to go to the ER at 9:30 Tuesday night. However, when I got home today, I found that Amazon had delivered my new Kreg Master System. I can’t wait to put it to work. (I’ll have to wait a while since I’m not back to 100% quite yet.) Once I get some good use with this tool, I’ll try to remember to post a re...
I have found a project where a number of Eucalyptus are being remove to make way for a new freeway interchange. I have been told they are working tonight when they can close a land of the freeway. I am due to arrive to their site at 4:30 AM to load out serverl Red Eucalyptus and possibly a stringy Bark Eucalyptus. I will be taking my CAT to the site to load the trailer. I will need to return to the shop, unload and go back to the site to retireve the CAT. I expect the day to be about 10 ...
Chairs like this have a weak spot where they break. I’ve done thissort of repair a couple of times, excavating a mortise using a plungerouter and filling it with a loose tenon and carving the tenon downto fit. I think I glued the broken ends together before routing.
I’m real rusty and haven’t had a chance to do a project I wanted to do since I returned from AFSM a year ago so I thought it was about time. I decided I needed a JIG to cut Dove Tail splines, it just popped into my head so here is the JIG in the first picture. After I made the JIG I needed some way of trying it out so I thought why not a box I had not planned of even putting a top or bottom on it at the time. I found some QUILTED MAKORE that I had been carting around for the last ...
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