Well today I was in building B which has most of the machinery mfgs. A lot of them was large industrial type machines that had no chance of fitting in my shop, not to mention over loading the power grid in my area. There was some that we all know like, Delta, PorterCable, Dewalt,Saw Stop, Kreg, and Rikon. I could go on and on but I won’t. One thing did catch my eye and that was the new Sawstop 1 3/4 Hp Cabinet saw, sence I’m limited to 110 Volt in my shop I figured that it would b...
I started this project about 2 weeks ago and it is still on going working on it every now and again hrs. here 1hr there. I have wanted to do some abalone inlay but was never sure how to attack it or even source it in England. well I managed to get some abalone paua laminate and gained some inspiration from looking at “Autumns” blog which was very informative. well as you can see I’ve managed to cut the paua into strips ready for inlaying in the top of the box. more to fo...
I picked up an AKEDA DC 16 Dovetail Jig on eBay about a week ago and it got here this last Tuesday. It’s in great shape. Most of the bits still have the coating on them and most of the parts were not opened. Now I do wish it was the BC 24 but those are on Backorder until who knows when so I had to go with what I could get. I decided to go with the Akeda after speaking with Kevan, the designer, about what I would be using it for. He offered some great insight and I am confident that I ma...
Ok so here goes my attempt at a “how to blog” as mentioned in Recycle and Feeder I got this idea from recycle book my wife brought home from the library. It was showing how to take plastic shopping bags and turn them into purses, pillows, wallets, you name it. Hmmmm I thought to myself, maybe I can use the same technique to make some roofing material for a chicken coop I’m in the process of building. Now I was pretty sure that those bags are made to be bio-degradable so my search was...
One of the biggest challenges in the construction of this box was figuring out how to make the intersecting sections of the double miters strong enough . Normal end grain miter joints are pretty weak without using some sort of dowel of biscuit to reinforce them and in this case a double miter was even more challenging to strengthen. After playing with different options I decided to go with drilling multiple holes in the ends of the miters which will greatly add to the glue surfaces. I also de...
I have discovered that the more free time and stuff you give a child the more disrespectful and ungrateful they become. Free time is a privilege from now on. training them in work, good hard work they are more respectful, nicer and grateful and happier. We are just starting our 4th day of work and the are so much happier. They get along and wow! So I getting a clean shop out of it. Trees are being planted and maintained. And when they have down time the do wood projects in the shop. No...
Lumberjocks has had a few blogs listed in Google. I’ve mentioned that I am inspired by James Krenov. Searching for information about Mr. krenov I ran across Pitney and Ames who have been leading the way showing works of artisans that overlap in “form following function”. It’s what lead me here. I’m discovering others. And many who are closer in what they think and do with wood to my excitment with it. Some are really sculpting in wood as they are sculptors, ...
Just some minor details attended to for this update. First, I cut out some hold downs to use in the t-slots I cut in front of the fence (shown without the t-bolts) Then I applied the measuring tape I bought from woodcraft to the top front edge of the fence. This actually worked out very well as I can line up the part of the stop block that runs along the top side of the fence with the measuring tape. Woodcraft sells both L-to-R and R-to-L measuring tape in 6’ and 12’ l...
Every morning when I wake up my whole body hurts. Even the bottom of my feet hurt. I shuffle around the house like Sand Paper Sally. It’s no wonder my floors have no finish left on them. When I die, My tombstone will read: ” Here lies Sand Paper Sally…”
Sometimes things go just right. After writing here yesterday, it seemed to turn out to be one of those days. I actually accomplished all that I set out to do and even though I didn’t have time to paint in the evening, I had to fight the feeling (once again) that I didn’t set my goals high enough or plan enough work for the day because I actually accomplished all of it. Maybe the “Magic List” is just doing what it is supposed to be doing – working! Is it that...
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