Today I finally ordered my new Rikon 10-325 14” Deluxe Bandsaw. Woodcraft said it would take 7-14 days for it to come in. Seems weird spending so much money for something you don’t have… lol. I read Dick Cain's review, and I was sold (by the way, Dick, thanks for that awesome review!). I’ve wanted a bandsaw for years, but I’ve never gotten around to getting one. The price has went up since Dick’s review, I’m assuming metal and fuel costs. I...
I have added a new service for my customers. Along with the live video that I have, I added an auto email service that informs them what projects that I am working on. I have a lot of customers that are very interested in seeing their furniture being built, especially the kids, but most of the time they can’t recognize what it is that I am building. Because of this problem they end up missing it. I have added a scrolling description at the bottom, but people don’t want to watch it all th...
Two Maples….One Pine, and…. ....so i stepped outside to the wonders of an outdoor workshop, where some trees where culling my name, having not much time to pass with endless chatter, i reached down and turned my cell-phone off…. —-silence….. ....and so i went up last week and payed my respects to an old friend, one much wiser then me in all the ways of wood, who welcomed me back since our meeting of last fall, while even now this one is busy in the givin...
Our Stickley dining room set.
I use a Rigid vacuum for my “dust collection” When the filters not clogged it works great for my saw and router table. However the when gets a little ircksom. Theres plenty of plans out there for different “Cyclones”, plus the tops you can buy just about everywhere, however this looks like the best option out there right now. http://www.cgallery.com/jpthien/cy.htm I just picked up the trash can and 2 2.5” fittings to get started today. My favorite par...
Between cutting 5000 feet of 1/4 round trim (tore up carpet in the house to get to the wood floors) and working on refinishing the dresser I now have my shop a bit tore up to get the newest toy in place. A 60 Gallon 5HP (ok its probably more like 3.2 you know how it goes) compressor. I need to get the wiring in place, then start plumbing, but it moved from the middle of where I should be parking my truck to the corner of the shop that i designated “its place”. Its used and a ...
As you can see in the picture below, Douglas fir comes in a wide range of colors. These are the boards that I selected for the top. The boards with the wild figure are more quartersawn. I kind of like the straight grain lines of the rift sawn and plain sawn boards. If I had to do it over I might have paid more attention to this, but as it is it’s not too bad. Since there was such a wide diversity of colors, I tried to arrange a kind of gradient from dark to light to dark again. We’...
The trials of marking out a site have nearly all landed on my little job here.First, I could not locate the surveyors pins and managed to dig out half of my lot as well as part of the neighbours .I finally used a site measurement taken off the original site plan for each end of the house and ran a line with a laser to get the back property line .I had to move 5 square foot gardens forward as per the picture aand reload them before planting this weekend ( may 20/08)Next was a buried gas lin...
If you’re going to get a start, it might as well be dramatic. I’ve gotten my first commissioned piece, which when finished should resemble an outdoor bar made of pecan and mesquite. The slab of pecan has been in the client’s garage for a decade, since it was harvested because their new bedroom was going to occupy the same space. It is presently 12’ long, 4” thick and 19” wide. Not bad, considering I already had the diesel pickup to haul it with. My ...
Ok, So two weeks ago I somehow managed to get a 4 day weekend. I decided to work on my garage (see my latest project posting. I was going along great from Thursday all the way until Sunday (Mother’s Day) We came home from being out for about 5 hours to find the basement had taken on 7” of water it actually crested while I was trying to come up with solutions at 8”. This room is my new office that I just had someone finish mudding and priming for me on that Thursday, ...
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