Good Evening LJ’s Last week I blogged about spinning my wheels and how I was going back to my original plan, Well ? Not much happened the first few days but Thursday my phone rang and I was asked if I did strip and refinish wood ? After telling him no I realized someone actually found me :) as a business anyway :)Standing tongue in cheek I wonder where would I be if I actually stuck to the plan? Probably not riding home at 1:30am, not working hard or whining about my Job, and definably ...
I was recently in search of a plank of Ash for my airplane project, so I contacted a couple of wood shops. Fortunately, I found that there are several hardwood shops in the Tulsa area. The first shop I visited is where I purchased my Ash. I asked the operator if he had any scraps that he might sell me… after digging through his scrap pile we scrounged up a couple pieces of Brazilian Cherry and Rad Oak that he sold me at a considerable discount. After I left that shop, I wondered wh...
I messed up actually a little making the top. I originally meant to make in two sections then take it through the planer. however i made the whole width then did a face palm. i flattened one side and glued up the legs. going to make the base and will move on from there just out of the clamps removing glue drops started flattening one side starting to flatten the other side gluing up the legs
This is not a brand new project. I submitted it, because of a request by MsDebbieP for the CS1 Kitchen challenge. I was out in the shop one day, & thought to myself, what can I make? I said, how about making a recipe holder easel for Barb’s kitchen. So I dug out some pieces of wood from my scrap bin, & proceeded with the project. I didn’t have a plan, but I knew what I wanted it to look like, so the first thing I made was the main spindle post. Then I ma...
Decided I would try my hand and making Yule gifts this year. Pondered and asked and bounced project complexity with my fledgling talents and came up with with boxes for mom and sis, hand mirrors for daughter and nieces, Lego storage box for nephew, modified ammo crates for my two boys burgeoning Nerf gun armory, drill bit organizer for dad. Have a votive candle holder for wifey queued up, but she wants a new color laser printer first ;). Started with the boxes first. Next up are the mirror...
I am back from the Grizzly tent sale.It was another spectacular event. I found what I went there for under the tents and in the showroom.Here is a picture outside the accessories and hand tool tent- There is a tent also for woodworking machinery, and two tents for metal working machinery.Dewalt, Makita, and Milwaukee Tools also have tents with great discounts on new power tools. I was looking for a second router, so I can set my 2 1/4 hp Rigid up on the Torque, and still have a rout...
I spend a bit of time every day browsing Craigslist for Wood & Tool Bargains. This past Thursday I found an early 80’s 1 3/4hp 14” Jet Bandsaw for $40! I picked it up on Friday! While there is quite a bit of work that needs to be done, I am very excited about this machine. The 1 3/4 hp motor is quite big for this type of machine and works great. The wheels and infastructure are in fantastic shape. It is one heave piece of machine. Most of it is Cast Iron. There ...
Ok, I’ve been working on this for about 18 months. A little here and a little there… a piece at a time. It’s finally finished and now I can move on to making instruments. I never built a bench, or anything else – unless you consider that bowl I turned in wood shop 45 years ago? – so there was some learning curve involved. I never: made box joints or drawers, glued up a top, made and installed mortise & tenon’s, installed a vice – let alone two ...
This is a local thing in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Showing off artiest work from all over. I spent 6 hours Saturday the 25th walking and didn’t see all of them. Some of the woodworking exhibits were fantastic, lots of chainsaw carvings. I need to enter into this, the first prize is $250,000.00 , the second place is $100,000 and from 4 place to 10 is $7000.00 not bad , but it is a week long, don’t know if I could stay away from the shop that long, Just kidding. I think the web sui...
Alaska Jim's Comments of the Day #26: One Year LJ Anniversary, Reflections from Paradise...............
Today is my one year anniversary at LJ’s…......what follows is discovery, intrigue, reflection, and my usual tomfoolery, set aside 5 minutes of your time….......I guarantee nothing will be serious, the mantra for this post….take it all with the smile that is intended…........ I now know what happens when you have been captured by Lumberjocks…......interned for a full year…....you ascend into paradise! No it is not addiction, it is internment. ...
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