I posted this on one of the forum questions by ToolCribEditor. I thought it was such a good insight into my own life that it should qualify as a blog entry. I wonder how many people would put “famous” woodworkers on their list as opposed to people they know in their personal lives. Maybe it all comes down to their definition of “influential”. #1 – My mentor, Vic, is probably the most influential woodworker on my list. He puts a lot of time and effort int...
I’m really pushing this one now, it’s going to be my new knock around mando. The timber is student grade for Jorge to get his feet wet but I think it will sound pretty good. Mandolins, archtop guitars and fiddles all have parallel sides, making them easy to overhead route. Spacers are taped to the top edges to route the bottom. Climb cut all the problem areas or little bits of the edge will fly away. The body is bound with no frills 2mm black cabinetmakers edge tape, I did...
Hello LJ, I feel that it is time to tackle the drawer. A fairly important skill to have, and I have been practicing dovetail joints, so I am going to give it a shot. Today I cut the pieces, did some planing, and started to cut the pins. http://bit.ly/am6BAk Brian, p.s. I am just curious, most days there are between 100 – 200 people who click on my LJ post, and yesterday there were 750. If anyone who reads this, is one of the non regular readers, could you please leave a ...
Last week I found a pro woodworker/contractor advertising his offcuts on craigslist. I headed over and was in awe of what he called offcuts. I ended up with some great tips from him in addition to some slabs of Alaskan yellow cedar, sugar pine, and some pieces of walnut and cherry. I’m saving these for a toolbox I hope to make soon and a marking gauge. In the meantime, I knew I was running out of space to store this wood in a sightly manner back home. The little wood space I did have...
So today was pretty fun. It ended up being a successful day at the shop making the inlay lines I was going to use. So for starters, I glued up using my vacuum press 4 sets of veneer sheets. The first 3 were black/white/black, and the last one was white/white/brown/white. The first is going to serve as the main inlay lines for the outside of the box, and the second will serve as the inlay lines for the inside of the lid and box opening. So here are all the sheets I was going to be cutting up. ...
Thanks to all the kind welcomes, I feel obliged to introduce myself and try to explain why I am here on lumberjocks. My name is Fritz, I’m 30 have a wonderful wife, A wonderful amost-2-year-old and another on it’s way. I come from a long line of DIY’ers although they would consider themselves “handy”. And I’ve tried to do them proud. We recently moved into a house to a two car garage, which even sharing with my wfie’s mini van, has given me to room to set up shop. And its coming together n...
We are a type, we woodworkers. We are tool nuts, junkies. We love our tools. Somebody asked me once how many sets of chisels I have. I said, Only two. I have my old Marples firmer chisels from 1/4” to 3/4” and then my bevel edge Lie-Nielsens. And oh yeah, I have a missed match set of Japanese paring and mortise chisels. And I forgot the 3 or 4 Stanley 750’s I have collected, and the old Stanley butt chisels I bought when I started out. Then there’s those 3 big mortising chis...
I may not be able to enter the shop tour challenge. I have such a busy schedule. LOL MsDebbie entered her tour today, but she mentioned she had trouble, editing in the music background, & leaving large blank spots. I have this free download for editing Videos ,& Slide shows . It works pretty good for me. Check it out. Windows Movie Maker I’m not sure if it works on Mac, but they may have one like it.
Two hours on Friday, and two hours I managed to squeeze in Sunday afternoon, but the work progresses! Began Sunday by transferring the pattern I fabricated onto the wood I guess most attach the patterns to the wood, to be honest, I’ve never done it that way. When I started doing these, ready access to a simple copying machine was difficult to come by. The patterns were also considered precious to me and I didn’t want to cut them up. Anyway, I’ve continued doing them right on...
Yesterday’s lengthy (3 hour) appointment with my good friend and client yielded a surprised tip at the end of the session: Top - Bottom - I had shown interest in it when I first looked at her stash of vintage tools. I opted for my other choices mainly because I didn’t know if I would have cause to use this. At any rate, I’m happy to be its new owner and will clean this up and sharpen the blade for use. I would like to know who made this tool. The only marking I c...
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