I didn’t quite get my new project finished yesterday. It turned out to be one of those days that I had one distraction after another and even though I did make progress, it isn’t really finished yet. That isn’t always a bad thing though. Sometimes distractions are there for a reason and I don’t feel at this point like beating myself over the head when at the end of the day I still accomplished quite a bit. I think that it is important to be able to be flexible. W...
The best-laid plans of mice and men… Life has been getting in my way of woodworking these last few months. Last summer I was hoping to start putting out a video every month or so, but things just kept happening. I had projects planned, little things I wanted to do, but I haven’t gotten to them. The few projects that I’ve done, I have shot video of, so at least I have a stockpile of material. I’m trying to get only my second video done this week. Things look p...
I have this Chouna, it was all black/brown and after about a day in citric acid and a lot of scrubbing every hour, I can now see the steel in some places, It also revealed a stamp and some faint etching that became stronger with time. I have also had the blades from my two Nagadai-ganna in citric acid to remove ages of rust.Anyone know anything about this stamp? The other one still in the acid…This one has stamps on the front and the back, both have stamps on the laminated chip br...
Was in the woods cutting on a trees i bought and got some more pics to share. all cut 3in thick plus. sorry to torture you,super stretch dan, lol
Now that we’ve had a month of high temps, I wanted to add a few pics to my workshop blog and report on the design. I’m very pleased with the passive cooling ideas and am happy to report success at achieving comfort (relative, of course) with one 8000 btu window unit. I chose to build the workshop with wood framing so that I could incorporate several desirables into the shop. I wanted several windows and needed /wanted four doors. I also chose not to insulate...
Tomorrow, at 9;30 AM, my new ‘old’ Hans stroke sander is to arrive. This one has a 120” X 48” table and an 8” belt. The tables adjusts in/out/up/down. I have been lusting for this tool for some thirty years, after having used one briefly in the late ‘70’s. It is just the size to work upon that ‘promised’ dining room table for Son and his wife. I harvested a number of Claro Walnut trees and root-balls a year ago. The 4/4 material i...
Project Inspiration A couple of months ago, Woodsmith magazine had a shop built belt sander on the cover which inspired me to try to build my own. I’ve been using a handheld Dewalt Belt sander with a stand as a bench sander but have been frustrated with the small sanding area. I also had to fix a broken shaft screw using super glue so I know that its days are numbered. The Woodsmith version was designed to take advantage of a lathe to drive the sander when the lathe is not in use but...
We have now added a Showroom cam to our live video feed. We put this camera in our showroom area for when there is no activity in the shop, which is common on Saturdays. This will also be helpful to us when we’re all needed in the shop and have to abandoned the showroom. We can keep an eye on who comes in. For now the camera will be on the same feed, which means that you’ll only see one image at a time and will still be controlled by my “tool belt remote”. In the ne...
Sorry I haven’t posted in awhile but I have been busy trying to find a job and visiting with JockMike2. Not much shop time as of late. Last week had a visit from a buddy in my woodworking guild. I showed him my set up and he then brought in his carving tool bag and we proceeded to carve for a bit. He showed me the finer points of sharpening my tool. Then we started on a project I had seen a video of called. The 5 minute wizard. He was very helpful and fun to hang with. He is also gettin...
A few years back Fine Woodworking magazine did an article that gave me a new inspiration. That was to utilize space on a piece of furniture that would otherwise be wasted and install a secret compartment. Now I don’t have sensative government documents I am hiding nor do I have priceless pieces of art I am trying to hide nor secret documents that once I give it to the press will make us feel differently about, let’s say, Coca Cola. I just felt inspired to try a new kind of chal...
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