I’ve spent part of the day working in the shop making some pens for a craft sale my wife will be at in a couple of weeks. Hopefully she can sell a few.I still have about 6 or 8 more, that should give her enough.
I forgot to post this last week, so here it goes. Better late than never. My wife wanted to go to some garage sales last Saturday, and I could not say no since she has been really patient with the Saturdays all through the bookshelf project. We noticed at Lowes one night that they were having a kids clinic and that they would be building a fire engine. Absolutely perfect as our oldest son is really into the fire fighter/paramedic thing. I mean, everywhere we go there is a fire that he ...
What I learned today (or more accurately, what I observed today – only time will tell if I’ve actually learned anything) 1. As they say in financial circles – “past performance is no guarantee of future performance”. In my case this translates into “where the garage roof leaked yesterday is no indication of where it will leak today”. Some of my wood got wet – not serious, but annoying – I was looking forward to a happy day of sanding (yeah, right), but the rain put ...
A couple reasons I haven’t been able to make anything lately, aside from being short on blood, is two of my important tools took a dump on me. Actually three, but we won’t talk about that. Luckily one was under contract with sears and they honored it gracefully, my band saw, and 2. I must have the luck of the Irish because my Delta 46-765X, 16 inch variable speed lathe died on me, or at least the control module did. The module is no longer manufactured or in stock by Delta or Port...
I was lucky enough to have access to a very large walnut tree that had blown over. The tree was over 200 years old and a little more than 6 feet across at the base. Tomorrow a friend and I plan to attack this project with a chain saw and start the process of getting ready to turn large pieces on the lathe. We will be using a lumberjack chain saw, two man cross cut saw and other tools to break the tree down into large pieces. I will use my tractor with front end loader to get the pieces on...
1. A pair of neat bar clamps I found some time ago. I had not seen clamps like this before and haven’t since. Neat and unique cam action clamping. They work great! 2. Two slicks marked with my grandfather’s intitials – HG – my father married later in life and I never met my father’s father. It’s special to me to be the caretakers of these and other tools marked with his initials. 3. I used to have a collection of these rubber “unbreakabl...
I have not been on much as of late. I am busy building some cabinets for a client that is opening a gun and archery store. And about 6 weeks ago I started selling boats, I work Sat , Sun and Monday doing that. The paying jobs have been hit and miss with the wodworking so I felt I needed a little extra income. There are several new tools I want to purchase and I am looking forward to using my boat this summer so I need some more money. I have been checking the site some and see some of y...
Random Tips and Things I've learned #1: getting the exact measurements on a spindle using calipers.(turning)
There was a project that i did once where i was making a matched set of 6 candle holders that had to be exactly the same. The problem was, i couldn’t seem to get all of the candle sticks the right width. They were always too small, because i would use the calipers to check the width and it would be too wide, so then i would sand it down more, but it always ended up a little smaller. I FOUND A SOLUTION!:) if you have some old calipers, lightly sharpen the calper tips so that the act as ...
Not a major update. The maple slab has been sitting a couple weeks since I planed it down. It has dried out a little more, few more cracks have formed, one major one as you can see in the bottom middle of the picture. I was going to run it through a wide belt sander at the local lumberyard but haven’t made it yet. So I finally went to town on it with a big buffing type sander and then normal sanding down to 220 grit. This just has thinner on it to show how it would look. So som...
I have ZERO skill with this tool. Can anyone suggest some simple projects to develop this skill and help me along a career of wood working. I have a craftsman router table that is metal stamped, with about a 12×12 work surface. I have no bits except the rusted one that is attached to the router and will also need some info on bits to purchase. Since I am new to this site can anyone help me locate plans to attempt some of these projects. Pictures are wonderful, but I need all the i...
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