The big problem with my workshop for some time has been that is it untenable in winter and at the height of summer – it’s a garage with no insulation and no ceiling. That’s going to get fixed the weekend of April 10/11 – a bunch of my buddies are coming over and we’re insulating and drywalling the place. (Actually, drywall on the ceiling, 3/4” OSB on the walls.) I’ve got quite a few challenges to hurdle and things to accomplish over the next two ...
Just after I started this project we get an actual bona-fide offer on our house, which we accepted. Which of course means I have to pack up the shop. But I was part way through building a cupboard… OK, so finish it quick so it can be moved as furniture and not partly assembled chunks of junk. Sounds an excellent plan, yes? You know what they say about plan though – “No plan survives contact with the enemy” which in its original form is attributed to Field Marshal vo...
The First Garboard Plank The first plank is on! It has been the most difficult part of the build so far. I’ve gone through 4 planks to get it right. For my fellow LJers who may be wondering, I’ve put in a few hours here and there, but I’ve taken quite a bit of time away from the project since the holidays. I’m exciting to be focused again. The challenge with this is getting the plank flush and tight into the rabbit along the keel. It’s a tough plank bec...
The day had been long. Henry’s flash of genius was looking more like a flash of imbecile. Henry had remembered that Francis was working on a story about a restaurant on 17th street. He was sure that the missing numbers were an address. A map, a list, and 12 hours driving around the 5 boroughs, had been less than promising. He was sure that there would be another clue, something that wouldn’t be obvious to most, but would jump out at him. Maybe he wasn’t as clever as he thought. D...
So today I’m browsing around here on Lumberjocks, checking out the projects, the blogs, and the workshops. I always play a little game when I’m checking out the workshops, “where in the world is the extinguisher” sorta like that “Where’s Waldo” I give bonus points when I spot em. I also am on the look out for those “hidden” and not so hidden “GOTCHA’s” you know those things we know we shouldn’t do, but hec...
I have been wanting to build a custom monitor stand to hold my three LCD monitors for some time now. The one thing that has been holding me up was how expensive the mounts are in the stores. I can’t justify paying $30 to $50 for a single mount at the retail stores. Well I finally found some online and they are very strong and well built. I ordered them late last week and they arrived today so I threw together a few pieces of wood and built my stand (I have yet to take any pictures becau...
I decided to break the monotony today and try something a little different. I know I’ve seen this before but I don’t remember where so I won’t take credit for it. I think it’s a pretty neat looking joint, but probably not as strong as a traditional dovetail. The final result turned out pretty good too! I also experimented with some more techniques as well. I’ve been starting my saw cuts from the right side of the board and moving left for one half of the pi...
Today, I bit the bullet and tried out my 45 degree lock-miter bit to make the four-sided quarter-sawn white oak 4” x 4” legs. I outsmarted myself by trimming the edges at 45 degrees. Unbeknownst to me, the router bit needs all the meat it can grab to make the “tongues”. As a result, I have very little “lock” in my lock-miter. I have just enough to register the corner, but I’ve lost about half of my glue surface. Sigh… The good news is that...
When i posted my first pens i got a message from papadan saying he will send me some pen blanks to help me get started. he sent me spalted hackberry,yellow hart,zebra wood,pupple hart,paduka thanks Papadan.
This adventure in carving has been very enjoyable.The scroll pattern seemed to be a bit more advanced than I had anticipated. Although I am never one to run from a challenge. I kind of get a grin and ….well as my mom always said “you can see the wheels turning in that boys head.” So I grabbed a very small home made gouge and the chips were flying….sort of.This wood is so very dry for carving After about 12 hours I ended up with this. I am attempting to simulate bullet ...
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