I took my wife to First Monday Trade Days in Canton, TX. For those of you that do not know, the entire town of Canton, TX becomes a huge flea market on the weekend prior to the first Monday of each month. There you can find lots of planes, but there are two booths that are of particular interest. Those booths have the motherlode of hand planes and other tools. First up a 19th century workbench from Hammacher Schlemmer & Co. Have any of you ever seen an ALUMINUM No. 45? ...
...Go oft awry Was planing to get some woodwork done on x-mas gifts today, but Friday, came home went to turn on one light (living room) and off the other (above the stairs), the lights browned out then went off.That circuit has taken out the living room, one light in the kitchen, light above the steps, front bath room, hall light, light in the shower in the other bathroom and the outside light on the end of the house. Replaced the switches, all in the same box (2 3-way, 1 4-way and 1 ...
I know that it is a while since I have posted more on this project… halfway throughout the build using cope and stick frame joinery….change of plan from customer…Now I have to make the doors with mortise and tenon… so yesterday I cut the 98 mortises and 98 tenons and got ready to bevel the inside edges and cut the groove for the panel…This was after remilling all the frame material..Good thing though… I managed to book match all the inside stiles for th...
A month or so ago, Kevin posted a blog about his woodshow Niagara Falls (Canada). Rick and I decided to make the 2-1/2 hour drive, to hand-deliver some LJ pencils, meet Kevin in person, and have a lovely drive as a bonus. The drive was lovely and, having given ourselves lots of “get lost time” we arrived at the Home Depot at about 9:30 AM. At the wood show, I met Kevin, did a quick handshake and then headed off to the restrooms. (That was the last I saw of Kevin. He received...
I had to move this from project to Blog. So those who have seen it well here it is again! Any One Can Join! I am giving one of these two slabs away! I am having so much fun with my slabber that I want to share the wealth. So I am going to make it a contest if it works out and hopefully get some advertisment. These would build great desks I believe! Here are he rules: #1 – you have to pay for shipping to your place. I will crate it at no charge. #2 – you h...
The power went out last weekend. What to do, what to do. Well, atone for my past hand tool indiscretions, of course.
Greetings All, Well, as I said in the first part…I grabbed out my original sketches and they looked nothing like what I had in my mind now, but knew I wanted to incorporate some of my original ideas into the final design. So, I grabbed my DRY ERASE MARKER…and made a cardinal mistake. I rough sketched my final design (going completely crazy on details) on my large whiteboard. I Would have been fine, until my g/f erased the whiteboards a week later, not knowing I hadn’t c...
On Thursday I showed you the little, but expensive pile of wood I bought for my Christmas projects. ““ Yesterday I cut the pieces to the widths I need and jointed/planed them to accurate thickness. Today I jointed one edge of each board and then resawed each piece in half. Each board is close to 1 meter (or roughly 40”) long. I’ve only tried some trial resaws when I got the new bandsaw after I set it up. I haven’t been in the shop much since then, so I w...
Except when building things for myself or the family, I’ve never cared for building things without being certain that I would get paid for them. Whenever you build projects in hopes of finding buyers for them that is speculation. There are woodworkers who do exactly that successfully and it seems that many of those interested in starting woodworking businesses have a similar plan. As I read many blogs it has become clear that this is a common method of running woodworking businesses. I ...
To make a long story short, a dining room set that has been in our family since the early 70’s has come under my care. It’s all white oak and we know it’s at least 100 years old (but probably not more). Believed to have been made in New Brunswick. If the set was made around 1900 or so, what would you call the style …. Victorian Revival? One of the chairs is below. The upholstering is real leather. The original finish was the darkest mahogany color you see left ...
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