I have an old Diston Backsaw. 12 inch blade, 14tpi. Several years ago I cleaned it up and sent it out to be sharpened, but the guy told me it was too old and the steel was too brittle to sharpen…anyone ever run across that? I’ve tried to identify the age, using the medallion and the stamping on the backbone but here’s the twist. On the backbone, where it reads “Henry Diston and Sons”, the words “Warranted” and “Cast Steel” are ...
I don’t often find myself in the shop twiddling my thumbs on what to make next, but sometimes I need a little inspiration, a quick gift, or a time filler while I’m waiting for a finish to dry. I have a great Pinterest board for woodworking ideas, but I don’t often have my iPad out in the shop, so I simply printed my pins onto paper and hung it on the bulletin board. The first couple pages were portrait, but the rest are landscape which works better because the projects get c...
After achieving the desired lengths and widths for the initial top and bottom cabinets, my wood shop teacher and I thought it’d be appropriate to start the build from the bottom (cabinet) up. However, after cutting the initial dados for the base of the cabinet, we discovered the top surface was not the desired width. This was probably due to the fact that running a 4×8 sheet of plywood through a small shop table saw is difficult (especially when three different people h...
Hey all. This year I’m building a small jewellery box for our friend’s little girls and my brother’s little girl. DW drafted up a set of plans and gave them to me. The plans call for the box to be made out of ½ wood. I had this piece of 2×12 spruce in the garage that was relatively clear of knots. Before I took it to the band saw to rip it into two ¾ inch boards I cut the board in half on the table saw to make it more manageable. I then ripped the board ...
Ok… I understand about Flower Boxes now. And I knooooow you’ve been sitting there in your garage waiting to finish yours. So hold on to your Geraniums!!!... here is the part two! Waaaa-hooooo! Watch for Parts 3 and 4.
I just was not sure where to put this information as it is not a review of a particular tool, a project, or even part of my regular blog. So, I just decided to start a new blog that will be updated and I try new things that are not any of the things listed above. For instance, the first thing I want to tell you about is the tip that I used in my latest project the Purse Hook Kit. Unfortunately I still cannot remember where I got this tip so I can not give the credit that is due for it. So ...
after lots of considerations and tests, i decided to use diluted white acrylic (10 water to one acrylic but your mileage may vary as acrylics are very different one from the other). I brushed it on and wiped it off. the result at first looked like nothing happened but as it dried out it became nicely white. this is how it looks compared to a piece of the same material: and a closeup : the process is very fool proof and easy. just beware of drips… in retrospect i should have dri...
Hello LJ, I just finished today’s blog post. I am pleased with it. ‘The Littlest Protest’ http://ow.ly/1XXIP Brian p.s. I rank this as one of my top 17 of all time….maybe even top 12.
Some of you do read my drivel, so this is a follow up to the Arts Fair I went to this past weekend. I’ve posted before that I really don’t have much interest in sitting out in the sun for a day or two trying to sell the bowls and things I make, but my wife and daughter concocted a plan whereby my daughter would be my “Sales Agent” (for a small cut of course :-) . She went to our first fair 2 weekends ago and did surprisingly well. More than once she was told that we ...
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