Grandkids. Ain’t it funny how that one word can have such an effect on your woodowrking hobby? I went into this evening with one granddaughter and one big project to complete before the end of summer. With an annoucement, tonight from my daughter, I now have two projects to complete by summer’s end. I had already committed to building a twin-sized Pencil-Post Bed for my granddaughter, Zoe, for her birthday in July. I’m now committed to a cradle by the middle of September. Ma...
Our home yard tree, a beautiful silver maple, estimated by many to be nearly a century old: I don’t have a photo of the heavy wet snow that brought one-quarter of it crashing to the ground, but the after-math when calling ‘the tree man’ is clear: And the work load is rather daunting, but I’m working daily to salvage and process as much as I can store. My tools are a small electric chainsaw, a Laguna bandsaw, and one very sore back: My only regret ...
So my day started out with a $22 purchase of: Doweling JigScraperGaugeBevel CompassRaspRouter Template Set for signsMortising Jig Then I purchased a small table top router table for $2 (+ 1.90 for mounting screws from HD) Then later tonight while browsing Craigslist I found: Grizzly 9” band saw with 3 extra blades, guide wheels, miter fence, ect for $40. Today was an awesome tool day. I owe many thanks to my wife for bearing with me while I searched out this stuf...
Mike spoke up first. “Hey buddy, I am going to need you to look around your office.” Shrugging he added, “or what’s left of it.” Henry set the bottle by the sink and said, “Yeah, I suppose we should go, let’s get to it.” They took Mikes squad car and pulled up behind the fire chief’s vehicle. There were still a few gawkers, gawking outside. The third floor windows of Henry’s office were broken out and the bricks were charred half way up the 4th floor. It looks like the firefight...
Once I have the 3 lamination blanks cut to width I thickness sand the strips to reach the final dimension. I have tried using my planer, but when the strips get this thin it is easy to end up with damage. I set my ShopSmith up as a disc sander and use a thicknessing jig. I first showed the use of this in a previous blog. There was some interest in a more detailed description so here it is. Here is the setup. Basically it is a 3 1/2 inch tall bullnosed block clamped to the fence. The...
So for several years I have worked out of my grandfathers old shop and partially out of my garage. Well, about 8 months ago, my wife and I moved to a house with a three car garage and I finally had the space to make a dedicated shop area. Some of you are probably wondering…”you moved there 8 months ago and your shops not set up yet????”...and your right, it should have been done by now. No excuses, but it’s amazing how things pile up. So, with out further delay I...
Well I was anxious to start the day priming today. I went out to see where I left off and to my surprise EVERYTHING needed sanding. I thought I did a lot of that and was almost done with it. If I had to guess I was thinking I was done with it because I confused it with a job at work or something. To top it off I must have put the crap face in on a few of the pieces. It looked better at the time, but upon closer review the fibers are raised and torn. To remind you all I’m not usual...
So, I figured I’d try something new, and was working on something involving sketchup. While playing around, I came up with this obscene piece which has various dovetails of different angles, spacings, sizes, and all (even has 1 box joint extrusion which is a dovetail at 0 degree angles), Dovetails Galore: This is really more of a test piece/art than anything useful for woodworking, but the challenge is this – how fast can you model this in SU?
I just bought the February issue of Western Horseman and guess who’s picture was on page 51? Our old saddle Pal Thos. Angle. Riding shotgun over, not only a herd of cattle, but a herd of greenhorns according to the story. I think having to take care of cows and greenhorns has gotten to Thos. as he told me he is retiring to JV with Carleen. He said he’s tired of the heap of horse “nure” being spread on that big ranch and riding herd over the greenhorns and fake cowboys....
and says a friend has some cabinets that she needs to get rid of before she moves. 2 snowstorms later we are finally able to go pick them up. They were built by somebody they work with and built very sturdy. With some help I was able to load them both onto my truck and get them home. The problem was once they got home. After an attempt to get on of them upstairs to the sewing room. It was decided they were to large. So to the workshop for some tools. After about an hour or so. A...
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