The drill bits are finally getting organized and inventoried. I have started working on the layout of the four drawer cabinet that I built for under the drill press. The main purpose for this cabinet was to orgainze all of the wood borng tools that I have. I had started loosing drill bits and other tools that I knew I had. I finally convinced myself that I did not have the bit in the first place. Now that I have started orgainizing things, I have found several duplicate bits. Oh well, f...
The value of a classical education is in the laying of a foundation for your work to follow. One learns joinery in order to learn accuracy plus patience and the myriad ways there are to build. For instance, there are a dozen or more ways to build a box, but each situation requires an evaluation and then a decision. Your decision on joinery will depend upon factors like your knowledge or skill, the available tooling options, economy or speed, enjoyment, and finally how late the project is. [If...
I started my first turning. I am making a wood mallet for myself. took a laminated block of maple and started cutting away. i so far just have the head most of the way done. next is to make a handle. one question i have for all the shopsmith guys who might know the ER well. how are you supposed to move the belts the manual isnt real clear? It states that you move the belt to each pulley but doesnt state how. I am curious if there is an easy way to do this?
Sometimes, I have to laugh at myself. For several days I have been contemplating the best way to add mobility to the Router Table Base I created, which now also acts as a Table Saw Base for the Delta 36-510. I’ve watched numerous YouTube videos showing all sorts of simple to ingeniously complex Lazy-Boy lever systems. For this project, ‘better’ translates to ‘cheap’, ‘using materials I already have’, and ‘taking the least amount of time to cr...
I’ve been wanting to build a bench for a long time now. My brother bought me a LV large vise quite awhile ago which had been the major money stumbling block at the time. Well life happens and I never built the bench. I have been using an old oak table that I had scrounged from somewhere, here it is: So today being “Louis Reil Day”...an excuse for the government to give us a day off in February… I figured I’d catch up on some projects that have been sittin...
Well, it has not been too exciting here this week, but at least it is productive. I spent the majority of the day yesterday working on the pictures for the next pattern. I am just about done and should be able to assemble the pattern packet today and then get ready for the site update. I also began the process of the mandatory switching of credit card processing to the new merchant account that is required by my bank. We began the process with a conference call and the main processing c...
Glued up the for frames, added ledger to support bottom, and installed Next was final sanding, clean up and finishing with Danis Oil… bottom…
Having a Yoda to guide you thru the complexities makes any project fun instead of work. I am blessed to have not one but two Yodas, Mark R. and Lou K. My workshop is not only equipped with thousands of dollars of tools, but has two wise teachers. My workshop: http://lumberjocks.com/wwbob/workshop For about the past year, I have been working on the Doll Cradle project, http://lumberjocks.com/projects/40571. The design requires true 1/4” thick plywood. All the veneered plywood measures...
So my little girl (almost 4!) mentioned tonight (for the umpteenth time) that she “wants to be a builder,” this time adding “just like my daddy” (which, technically I’m not.) So my wife countered, “What does daddy build?” “Creches” Interesting she said that, considering I delivered this one (and only) a week before Thanksgiving, and haven’t talked about it since. We took a drive this evening, first to hear (Grammy nom...
Well, I took a class at my local Woodcraft today. “Four Square a board with Hand Tools.” It was pretty good! I took a walnut plank, crosscut and ripped pieces to make a top for an end table. I went through the process of flattening a face, edge, other face… well, making it a usable board. It went pretty well. I did OK on the crosscuts, but it turns out I need LOTS more practice on ripping! (I sucked). Still, with liberal use of a #6 set up as a wood shredder, I was ab...
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