Well, I know it has been a long time, and it’s truly taken me this long to achieve any progress. I’m not just late updating the blog! I’ve posted a few new pics on my workshop section, instead of trying to post here in the blog. This is still difficult as I don’t really want to again need another website to store my pics on. So I’ll make due this way. So I’ve managed to set up a small work area in the back corner. I simply used one of my steel she...
I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about my new shop. As I explain in the video, the sale of our old house fell through and we are now dealing with two mortgages. So I have what I am hoping is a temporary shop setup in my 3-car garage. So here’s the tour! Enjoy.
Many of the LJ contributers are small shops like mine. It occured to me that not even the smallest shop comes with a small price tag. Four years ago when I started my “small shop” it started with a router and circular saw. I made a custom table so the circular saw could make fast repetive cuts. It was only a matter of weeks before I desided I needed a table saw. The table saw was actually a Jet bench top table saw that sat on 4 legs. It was only a matter of weeks before I de...
When we first put in the raised planting beds, 4’x4’, Marge put strawberriesin half of the first one. The cardinals LOVE strawberries and were having a blast eating the little berries as the appeared on the plants.So I put some stakes around the 2’x4’ patch and hung some bird net on them.So that cured the cardinals of their habit of eating our berries.Then the strawberries decided they needed more room. Their little shoots were going all over the place, planting themse...
Ok.. Now I have posted a few times in regards to vacuum pumps and stuff.. And the responses have been great and helpful.. I recently found a commercial grade vacuum pump that was suppose to get a whopping 17cfm which is way overkill. I met with the gentleman who upon arriving at the meet spot we agreed upon, informed me that for some reason the pump stopped working.. Now I’m pretty handy having worked in a maintenance dept for a few years..so I thought no biggie..I will rebuild it mysel...
I was able to get the purpleheart inlay done on the end brackets. To make the curved purpleheart pieces, I used the template for the end brackets to trace a line on a piece of purpleheart then cut it out on the band saw. After sanding to the line on the disc sander, I traced a line 5/16” from the edge and cut that out on the band saw. I then attached the piece with the inside curve to the movable fence on my drum sanding jig so the curved strip could pass by the sander with a l...
Oct 22/09 Once again, there will be a FREE DRAW in our next eMag…. watch for it! And you still have until the end of the month to get your name in for this month’s draw—for “The Great Book of Wooden Toys” by Norm Marshall. Check out October’s eMag here, for information on how to enter. .
So. My stepdaughter asked me if I could build a toy chest for my grandson. “Sure!” I said, never having built anything of this type before. She gave me rough dimensions of what she wanted, and I worked on a design. After some time, I came up with what you see below. I wanted clean lines and an open design, rather than panelled. The Materials I’ve gone with a redwood frame and 1/2” maple plywood for the panels. The Build So. I get the wood, cut...
Tomorrow the Woodworking Show will open over at the Big Town Exhibition Hall in Mesquite, TX. Since I have the day off, I’m going to spend most of it there. I plan on doing a little write up on it with photos (if they let me take my camera in there). One of the things I really like about the Woodworking Shows are the classes they give. I’m looking forward to seeing the one hour “Hand Tool Rodeo” class where they’ll be going the use and maintenance of the di...
This picture of an Iberion wolf was taken by Jose Luis Rodriguez and has won an award for nature photograph of the year. The Wolf is spectacular, but I also love the gate he is jumping over.I hope you do too. Part of the gate got cropped so if you want to see the whole picture just click on the blue link below the picture. It’s worth the effort to see the complete gate. Enjoy http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2009/10_03/wolf_482x449.jpg
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