This is such a busy time of year for most people – myself included. I know I haven't even been blogging regularly, and I do miss that. But even my life has seemed to be busier than ever as we are doing things around the house and preparing for the holidays. I got my little all season tree all decorated for Christmas. In the next few days, I will take a couple of photos and show it to you all. Every season and even year brings with it a different decorating theme, as I enjoy dec...
I knew today was going to be a good day. Got out to the shop and started assembling the base. Well, back up a bit – had to clean up and organize some, move the desk/bench thingy to the wall and lay out where exactly I wanted the new bench to be placed. Once it is all together, it will not be moveable without a lot of effort. Ah, on to the base. Laid the tape down where I wanted it to go and set the legs in place. Added the stretchers Right about this time, Dad came by. Perfe...
For years I’ve conducted a futile search for the perfect knife sharpening system. I’ve tried all sorts of devices, gadgets and sharpeners from Harbor Freight to Sportsman’s Warehouse to no avail. Well, a few nights ago I was watching sharpening videos on you tube and came across the Lansky system that seemed to work pretty well. Off to Amazon I ran to look for a good price on a Lansky kit. I ended up buying the Lansky Universal Kit along with a universal stand. A couple...
Breaking down panels with my cordless saw and a T square… I cut them oversized so I can get a precision cut on the TS with the new sled. I decided to dado the stretchers to mount the bottom shelf instead of using ledgers or just letting the plywood rest on top of the strethers. Plywood fits nice and snug… All done with the dado blade now, so I decided to clean up the Fusion blade before putting it back on.
I’ve been (very) slowly plugging away at my workbench here and there. I think I finally have made enough progress for another post. I noticed that the 2×6 that I had for my last leg was pretty twisted and knotty. I glued it up to see if I could just plane out the twist, but it proved to be a royal pain in the butt, and I figured it would only complicated matters down the line, so I went to the store and picked through the pile until I found a nice straight one. This one glued up...
I can’t claim this as my original idea. I saw it somewhere sometime in the past. [EDIT] I found where I got this idea. It was in this video tip by Chad Stanton. It’s a great idea though and uses up some small scraps of plywood. You can buy paint pyramids, but I like the free option. All I did was take pieces of 1/2 inch plywood and cut them into approximately 2×2 inch squares. Then I drilled a pilot hole and made a countersink for a deck screw so they would sit le...
This blog entry is not entirely about woodworking…. It was not my intention to assault you with offerings two days in a row, but after reading another member’s blog entry posted here a little bit earlier today I was reminded of a cool home-built item from many years ago that I had almost totally forgotten about. Took me a little while to find it and dig it out for a photo…. “handsawgeek”, you are probably asking’ “What on earth is that?” Glad you asked. This, my LJ friends, ...
After seeing the price of a variable temperature soldering iron ($99!), I decided there had to be a cheaper way since I don’t need to use it every day. For about $15 total, you can get a Harbor Freight soldering iron and build this simple temperature control from bits from the home center. Step-by-step with tons of photos: http://tinyurl.com/kn52jo9 Cheers!
I actually finished panel fifteen of my "A Perfect World" embroidery project a couple of weeks ago. Needless to say, with the holidays quickly approaching, I haven't had very much opportunity to work on it. However, I am getting to the end, and getting pretty excited about it at that. There are seventeen panels in all, and I am half way through with panel sixteen as I write this. Once the panels are completed, I only have some details in the corner pieces and the quilting ...
My daughter is an avid reader and still prefers reading from a real book even though I think most 24 year olds are downloading books these days. Since books were stacking up on the floor, she asked me to build a second bookcase. The only space available was beneath two double hung windows. This meant the bookcase would need to be much more horizontal than vertical. She also liked the idea of something that she could also use as a bench. Here is what I came up with in SketchUp… ...
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