Note: I was asked to describe my tool tote after it was noted in my push drill blog. So here is my command performance (-: ....probably more than you asked for. My tool tote was born out of frustration and need. I had a plastic one that started falling apart, and was totally inadequate in any case. So I built mine, lets call him Tommy, and his sidekick Betty Bit Box. This is a utilitarian as it gets. Built about 22 years ago, it has traveled all over the state in the bowels of my motor ho...
It’s been a while since I updated my friends here on LJ about my non-woodworking activities, but, since I no longer have any woodworking activities, I thought I’d check in. Today here on the WY-Mont line, it is 6 degrees or so and snowing a little. We spent this last week gathering cattle from the biggest pasture we have on this part of the ranch. It’s on the Crow Indian reservation and I suppose it is about 25,000 acres. At any rate, we had 742 cows with calves, 32 bulls, a...
Now it was time to attach the shelves and sub top. I set up another hillbilly out feed table similar to the other one so I didn’t bother photographing the sheet ripping and cross cutting process. I had to cross cut the sheet with a circular saw and a straightedge but it came out perfect…well actually I was 1/16” too long so I hit it with my router and a flush cut bit and a starightedege..and then it was perfect!.. And the shelves were perfect right off the saw..I ...
Now it is where I wanted it. Still figuring this all out. Had a great day in the shop with Dad. His recovery from the fall is progressing well. His shop – well it is going to take another good couple of days to clear away junk. A fire was going, some might think a little to good as the filter caught fire, but the barn still stands. The shop is just a mess. I did find a cabinet that is sorely under utilized. It now has 2 new shelves in it and most of the blow molded boxes now have a home. T...
Yesterday marked the start of finally getting into bowl turning, something I’d been meaning to do for a while really. The whole pen making thing was as much accidental as anything else, since I got a bunch of pen kits with my cheap lathe, and it seemed a good way to pass the time and churn out some holiday gifts in the process. (I’ve actually sold a couple, amusingly, so I guess its a good time filler afterall) However, I’d really bought the lathe to learn to turn bowls...
I am ready to replace the top of my workbench with a dead-flat Torsion box to ease assembly of future projects. I built my current workbench a couple of years ago from plans from Fine Woodworking. The base is made from laminated plywood and is very solid. I filled the inside of the base with 6 drawers which are full and work well. The top is 2 sheets of 3/4 material that has served its purpose, but is far from flat. Part of the problem (non flatness) also stems from the fact that...
I guess a little background is in order. I do have a 16 ft open trailer. I have ruptured tendons in both biceps. After a long history of back problems I underwent surgery to remove bone from each of my 5 lumbar vertebra. In a nutshell I am lifting impaired. If anyones interested I’ll post a picture of the foot long scar down my lower back (presuming I can convince my wife to take the picture, she funny that way) The afternoon of the purchase I hooked up the trailer and returned to ...
Being as I am not very good at woodworking, I feel the need to pay back for some of the help LJs have given me. So here are some things that could be used as stocking stuffers that would not break the bank. Some of these products may require a “tweek” to be perfect, all have been tried and tested by me, so I’ll be able to answer any questions you might have.Here goes: Measuring Tape is always a very useful item to have around especially if you are into Jig making. Sadly thes...
I saw Timbo’s blog entry about an old Miller Falls hand drill, I have used those. And I thought of my Stanley Yankee Push Drill, and thought it was worth a thought, especially, since it is still in active use…...... I have an old Stanley Yankee push drill, anybody remember those? Still in use, and sits in my home made tool tote. My Dad had one, and so I bought one in the 70’s…..use it to this day. No cords, no batteries, bits are in the handle. Quick for electrical,...
I’ll move this to a more suitable topic. I had been looking for a Christmas Project. An easy one for th gift exchange at my office, my mailman, barber, some friends and relatives. I decided on one that I found at Woodwhisperer it only requires 3 parts. I purchased some 8/4 Walnut, the wood threader from Highland Woodworking and with a little Google SketchUp help have almost completed about 5 of them so far. The single item that made this easier was the Hexagonal Graph Paper PDF Generato...
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