I’m in the process of flattening my new bench top, made out of #2 construction grade doug fir. I am really new to woodworking, and didn’t pay enough attention to grain direction when I glued up the top. I’m getting some pretty bad tear out with my #5 plane. I don’t have a scraper and can’t afford one right now (plus, that’s another thing I’d have to learn to sharpen, and I’m not doing so great with the regular tools). How can I reduce tear...
Poor Man’s Dust Collection Hey everyone, Sometime I think I am the most cluttered person on the planet. Well, maybe not up to the level of those “Hoarder” people you see on TLC, but pretty close. I’m the type that puts things down without paying attention, then spends 20 minutes looking for it. Ear plugs, pencils, rulers, Allen wrenches, etc,etc,etc. You get the picture. Well, one of the things I wanted to get a handle on was dust control. Never had much m...
Now that the seat is all set up its time to form it. I placed the old seat right over the new one as a template. I then sanded the edges with the ROS with various grits (40, 80, 120) to get it smooth. Using the original seat for measurements I marked out where the seat is to be scooped. The arrows indicate the direction of the slope. I do not have a “seat scooper” so I will be using a plunge router making numerous deepening passes and chisels to make the rough shape of th...
Sure you can look through the rest of this blog, or do a search on the project page, but to make life a little easier here’s a summary of the project from finish to design. I was real happy with the way this gate turned out and, more importantly, so was my neighbor who paid for it.
I am so completely grateful that I have friends that are master electricians, I know this is a luxury. So it has taken some time bantering back and forth, mostly due to me not fully understanding the process, and probably him milking this project for all the beer he can get… So a 70 amp load center / breaker panel from Square D has been ordered, as has the breakers, grounding bus, cable etc… But the most important part. The plans for the permit have been finalized, and we sh...
The storms last weekend made for a bad day in the shop… ...and the living room where much of the shop ended up. It’s getting back to normal now, but nobody likes hauling a table saw (even a “portable” one) up the stairs at 1am. At the peak, we had about 6 inches, and I know many people had much much worse, so I won’t complain too much. I don’t think I lost anything important. Some old crap wood didn’t get saved, but that’s a...
Found a great Craigslist deal on a ShopSmith workbench for $250.00. I needed a quality bench and could not build one for this price considering the price of wood and vice hardware. It measures 6’x2’x33” tall. It has a face vice and a wagon type tail vice. This is a very solid bench with a 2 1/2”-3”thick top. Sellers uncle purchased from Scott Phillips of the PBS show American Woodshop when ShopSmith stopped sponsoring the show.
I have volunteered to help the kids make their own guitars in class. The children are 9-10 year olds, and they are learning about sound. We want them to assemble/make as much as possible. The goal is to make a 4 string guitar that can be tuned. Notes will be A-D-G-B. The basic design is a 4 string neck, sauna tube body, and 1/8”mdf sound board. We are using real guitar tuners and strings, but everything else is going to be made in the shop, or in class. Need to make a total o...
I am a guy who likes a deal. I scan the flyers for discount coupons, special sales, and twofer specials. Yesterday, I got the best deal I have mustered in quite some time. Two Lumberjocks for the price of one! I went over Mike's yesterday to do some woodturning and Rick, another LJ member was there. At first I was confused as I didn’t recognize “Rustic” without his tuxedo when he greeted me and I thought Mike had some plastic surgery done to make himself look younger a...
A lady phonned to see if I would be interested in planing some Douglas fir…how wide can you plane??... well its a 12×12 planer…. of course right there and then she said ok…I made a slight error its a 12×6 thick , of course I thought this would be awsome to make a little extra cash ….plane some, what 1×12 at the widest??.... NOT the lady pulls up with a traler full of 6×10 4×12 , 8×8 and a couple of real 2×4…. well the shor...
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