A side benefit to spending my weekends in the garage building my Roubo-ish workbench with mostly hand tools is that I’m losing weight! Bucking my usual winter trend. I wrote about it in my new blog here Excerpt: ”It’s not just the physical exertion and the sweat though, it’s about not going to the fridge (or pantry, or cellar, or that stash of Hershey Kisses in the toolbox). Woodworking, more-so with handtools, is a continual series of mental challenges that put me into a “zone...
NORTH POLE – Due to the increasing population of the world and the “Cash for Toys Program”, it has been reported that Santa Claus (AKA Kris Kringle) cannot keep up with the many furniture wishes he has received this year. Santa tells reporters in his yearly press conference that, along with recovery effort, many other factors have contributed to the problem. The popularity of a baseball bed, murphy beds, and a Princess Castle Loft have made his schedule very demanding. ...
Yesterday I found out about this site from the Popular Woodworking web-site. Because of where we live, I don’t belong to any wood working groups. There are no craftsmen except silver smiths who live any where near. I joined the Oregon Guild of Woodworkers but they are in Portland. If you look at a map you will discover there is no place in Oregon which is farther from Portland than Jordan Valley. We are 62 miles south of Nampa, Idaho and four miles inside Oregon. Our county seat is Vale...
I have almost finished my TSDC beginner woodworker contest entry. This has been a lot of fun and a lot of work at the same time. The 30 day dead line sounds easy enough to meet yet I’m struggling to make it. I have pushed myself a bit with this project. I came up with an original design and then, with the help of a friend and my wife, I realized that I should burn that and come up with a second original design. My second design is more well received by my panel of personal critic...
Getting things put together, Finally!! Sides have been “fixed”, front and back panels are done. Needed to drill some counter-bored pilot holes to assemble the sides to the front and back. Small forstner bit for a counter bore in the Drill press. Haul the slab of the front to the press, go to drill the first hole….table tilts! So, dig through the tool boxes, find the right sized wrench, and tilting table tilts no more. Got the front and backs drilled, time for som...
Okay so the top WAS through final sanding and it indeed WAS ready for a finish, but the sides weren’t… But you know how these things go. Tight for space, and the workbench hasn’t been put in its final place. Fooling around on the lathe applying the finish to, well whatever it is. The product of my fooling around. (I am SERIOUSLY considering taking the suggestion to drill a counter bore in it and make a candlestick holder out of it…) I turned around to get more li...
Frank: since you seem to be the wood guru for seeing into the inner working of wood and the mind, I thought I’d show you “My Turtle”. I was at the sawmill and the owner was cleaning up prior to selling the mill and he told me to take “His Turtle”. I did, so It is now “My Turtle” The workbench he is sitting on is about 24” inches wide, he is about 12” high, 24” long. He spends the day sitting by the door to my workshop, welcomin...
This has been the week for gifts. Today another package arrived and in it were three old jointer knives. Now I can have my shop made rabbeting plane! Thank you John, aka two blacklabs. Your gift is going to make more than just me happy. We will cover half of Todd’s “Share the knowledge, share the love” by line. lol Two of these will be going to other LJ’s. Thank you again, John, you generosity is much appreciated. Rand
Spent a little more time working tonight, got the board for my wife’s iPad stand cut down to final dimensions. Just need to route the edges and cut the angle for the back once I decide exactly what that angle is going to be :) I just have to say that I finally feel like I have a working shop. Boards are flat, corners square, every single cut I make feels safe and easy. I’m not getting overconfident by any measure but I’m finding it much simpler to make my plans become ...
We had a slight break in the cold weather in my neck of the woods, so I ducked outdoors to do a bit of sanding of the cutting boards my wife asked me to make as Christmas presents for several of her family members. The router bit I used for my router sled left a bit of a mangled surface on the 3 end-grain cutting boards, so armed with a brand new Ridgid belt sander, I got to work with some cautious sanding. I can’t say I’m too experienced with a belt sander, so I am rather pro...
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