The grizzly polar bear is up and running, but needs some fine tuning. As do I.My band sawing skills are far from perfect. First run with re-sawing a log of scrap 4” cedar I did the following1. forgot to set the tension on the initial cut…..so the blade wandered quite a bit2. bolted the front fence rail too high so it wasn’t flush with the table….weird first cutting angles3.was too lazy to set up the cyclone….there can’t be that much dust created right?4. di...
My workplace has turned out to be a hotbed of longtime woodworkers and budding newcomers. Several of them have enrolled in the Beginning Cabinet Making Course at the Centre for Fine Woodworking in Nelson (founded by a former College of the Redwoods student). As a result they have to pass through my hometown of Murchison ( 1 1/2hr south of Nelson) and so I have put together a milling weekend to kick off their two weeks immersion into woodworking. If there is anyone in the area that I...
I want to begin by thanking all who gave me their tips and advice on how they stay on top of things. Sometimes I think that we are so close to our own situations that we can’t see things clearly – especially when we are in an overwhelmed state of mind. The first thing I did was make a list of what needed to be done. Look the beast(s) in the eyes, if you will. I am a “list” person to begin with, but sometimes when I get caught up and everything is going according ...
Howdy all! It’s another quick tip on 5 different uses for your scrap blocks of wood. Hope you like it and dance your pants off!
While on vacation, I stopped by the Oklahoma City Woodcraft store last Sunday. I got there at 11:00am only to find out they didn’t open til noon. As I “STOOD” there waiting, I thought to myself, If I had a Woodcraft store in my neighborhood, and they didn’t have any benches in front of their store, I would solicit my local woodworkers club, whose meetings I attend, or at least partner up with some buddies to get some benches built for them. Just saying, shouldn’...
Good evening LJ’s has been a somewhat good week in my shop with the newly acquired Delta Mortiser that arrived on Monday morning :) ( Kinda hard to believe I had this a week already :-P) It blended in with the rest of my tools perfect :) Early this week I was thumbing through an old Delta-gram book and came upon a article on shop layout and said this looked kinda familiar after looking at another book Do-it-yourself manual from the 70’s I realized they were almost the same!! only...
I was looking at pictures of shops posted by LJ members. I was amazed at how few pictures including table saws showed tools with blade guards installed. Interesting!
As a busy summer winds down, I finally had a chance to get into the shop. Spend the day cleaning up clutter arrangong the floor mats and setting down a list of things I would like to get done before winter sets in. As my shop is small, everything is on casters and those on my sjoberg bench need to be made retractable to lower the bench to a better work height. I have three drawers that need to be installed on full extension glides under another bench. (I moved these from Milwaukee 2 and ...
Ok, I have this sliding door that just wouldn’t slide smoothly through the slot in the wood! Grrr, this was a problem. It can’t work like this. There must be a better way. I was making sawdust pushing it in and out and that can’t be good… the slot – there’s two btw… The plans were none to clear, in fact they call for a wooden dowel. How long would that last before wearing out? So, I opted for the smooth shank on a 1/4” wood bolt. Hacked t...
Hello All, I did a very simply inlay today. It was really quite thrilling. Inlays are cool. Now I need to try something without straight lines. The title of my blog post is ‘Valley of Mediocrity’, which made me chuckle. Sometimes that is my only goal. :-) http://su.pr/2aD7RF Brian
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