Who out there has a crafstman model 137.279590 band saw. I went to the auction and got this one for $120. It comes with 3 new blades, 1 1/2 hp motor. Heavy as heck. To me it is larger than my rockwell Beaver that I bought WAY back. So far I am happy. Will it rip 5” cedar logs ?There is a small picture of the new band saw when the guy bought it from sears. It sold for $799.There were 2 bands saw there .One outside, a little rusty, only 1 extra blade. It sold for $240. Mine was inside, cl...
This is the 6th post in a series about this guitar build. 9-1-10: Well, it’s finally starting to look like a guitar. I spent today mounting the neck and the pickups. It appears that I still need to develop some sort of “string-thru” system for this type of bridge system…a realization I wished I’d had prior to adding a finish, but we’ll figure something. There’s always risk with anything that penetrates the finish at this stage, but it is the back,...
My son and I are finally getting started on our workbench. I have been dreaming of one forever it seems. I originally wanted to collect enough dogwood for the top. But, after a while and a lot of effort I gave up on that. Then last year I ran into a guy at the lumber yard that said he had a band saw that he milled lumber with for some local guys. I explained how I liked to do some woodworking and that I would be interested in some walnut or maple. We exchanged numbers and not to long after th...
This week has been spent getting the remainder of the lower bookcase units put together and ready for finishes. We have spent some time making our molding for the top band and trimming out the rest of the unit. The final assembly will get finished in the next day or so, but we have had some good progress. We also have made good progress on the lower unit of the entertainment center. The lower carcasses are now assembled and we have made up our beaded face frame. the next step is getting t...
As the last post to the milling weekend, here is the haul from the weekend, stacked and now air drying. Starting MC is well above readable range on my moisture meter, therefore in excess of 45%, so very ‘green’. All told, about 40 bd ft of pine. Not an extraordinary amount but it does represent the first self milled lumber from my own trees, so it is a milestone. With 50 acres of harvestable plantation pine, surely the tip of the iceberg of what is possible!
I have decided that I am going to put this project aside for a bit and concentrate on a different chair. After ruining my second set of back legs I need a bit of a break. The problem with Paduak is that it splinters like crazy. Love the grain lines but if you get one going in the wrong direction and hit that with a router – boom good bye piece. I am also going to put it aside until my new shop (could be a while) is completed because the red dust in my small shop is unbearable. My...
I started this blog separated from the spiral design because all the designs that will be posted here will be in a rectangular form. If you extend that circular arc by projecting it linearly, then a Sine wave will be produced. The distance of the y axis varies with the time… On the following design I used a cosine curve because I like to concentrate on putting the smaller pieces in the middle. So this is how it looks….. One at a time.. I will do in flesh after I fi...
I have experimented on how an endgrain can retain its original color and grain pattern. Here are some observations: 1. Oil based stain, tung, linseed, and others … will absorb more and will be very dark than as expected base color even how thin it will be applied (actually it is difficult to control on how thin, number of coats will not make any difference because one coat will be completely penetrate in the wood. 2. Lacquer based.. sanding sealers, gloss or flat lacquers R...
That stripper works wonders, but I got lot more work to do.
Ever since I bought my first house a few years ago I had always wanted a nice sized workshop in my 2 stall garage. This year I was able to really get going on it. My dad who is also a woodworker was kind enough to give me his Radial Arm Saw which he no longer used. It so happens this RAS is also the first big power tool I had ever used. I grew up watching my dad use this thing on a regular basis and when I got old enough he showed me how to use it and let me make some cuts. So in a way the sa...
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