A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.Charles Darwin
Cora’s, a local Mexican restaurant went out of business recently. On my way back from the bearing shop with the new bits for my planer this past week I noticed a crew tearing the insides out. I stopped in and asked if I could look through their scrap pile for free wood, and as happens pretty much always here in west LA, they looked at me, shrugged their shoulders, and said “sure.” There’s wasn’t much, and nothing great, but the wood looked old, and I t...
The new venture drum shells. Stave that is.
Hello All, Today I woke up with the plan that I would flatten my whetstone on a precision cinder block. My guess was that it would take around 15 minutes. It did NOT take 15 minutes. Compared to the lenght of time that the universe has existed, it wasn’t so bad, but when one measures the time against one single saturday, it was brutal. Having a flat stone is a great thing though. After my chisel was sharpened I did some more dovetail practicing and took one really good picture...
I have finished building the wall that separates the “shop” from the downstairs office. It went together rather easily. I’m not a professional framer by any means, but how can you really mess up a small wall like this? I got the 38” door from the discount section of home depot, the trim surrounding one side was damaged. I paid $30 for the prehung door. Studs 16” on center… so far unfinished drywall on one side and insulation on the other. I’m ...
OK, I’ve got a tool gloat. I normally only buy woodworking tools used or on sale. This purchase is arguably one of my best. Reguarly $119 at Lowes, this Porter Cable 4210 Type 1 12” Dovetail Jig (for half blind and sliding dovetails) was a display and had been marked down a couple of times. When I saw it the price was $50. But that’s not what I paid. I know dovetails are the center of the universe for some, but I have never cut a dovetail, well a few sliding dovetails on...
Inspired by the work of Patron I have recently rescued my bandsaw from its dusty corner of the workshop and have produced this pattern. I intend to use it as a box top but might just frame it and hang it on a wall as a picture. I think it looks like a pair of eyes, hence the title. Heres how its made 1. Take four square slices of timber; Ebony, Purpleheart, Yew and Sycamore of identical size. 2. Tape them together with double sided tape. 3. Cut your pattern. 4. Mix and match to create a...
So last night I cut and installed the miter keys on the kids checkerboard. The kids had lots of fun building it but not nearly as much as I. Last time I made a checkerboard was 8th grade shop class. Funny, I dnt remember havining to build a miter key jig that time. I will post some pics when I finshe the seconds coat.
If #1 on your list is “Apply first coat of finishe”, make sure #2 on your list is not ; “Turn on the leaf blower in the garage” I found this out today the hard way.
I just had some thin CA glue seep from one end to the other of a 13.75” long red oak board.
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