I took the board out of the clamp, today. Relatively easily as it happened. Sanded both sides up and gave it a coat of oil. Well I say a coat but end grain drinks harder than some of the girls I dated in my teen years. Anyway by no means finished here’s a peek I prefer sharp square edges and for me the ends of this are just not tidy enough and I just think that if I rounded the edges it would look far too busy. I may frame it, in some mid-tone wood, like Oak. Ebony would be good,...
I had to go and help a friend take some junk to the W.M. land fill and I saw that they had a lot of nice hard wood that some one had throne out .why my friend was taking care of his junk I went over to the wood and was looking throe it and I got told I could not do that .So I ask what they where going to do with it and I was told they were going take it and shard it up for bark mulch . so I ask who I need to talk to and the guy side that was him and that he would like to but the rule is no ...
A journey into the workshop. #58: A teeny, tiny bit of progress, car problems, and leaving shop for good reason...
Last night was particularly brief in regards to my shop time. But I was able to manage some things I have been putting off. In particular, putting up my Rockler blade and bit cleaner stuff. The cleaner comes as a concentrate, so you need to provide a 1 gallon jug of some sort (recycled Hi-C bottle, label removed, and CLEARLY marked “Blade Cleaner”, no children yet, so no problem there…), and of course the problem came when needing to put the stuff back IN to the bottle. No f...
First of all, I want to thank you for all your positive responses. I was able to look at some of the work and it was so impressive! I am trying to put faces with comments and projects so I can get to know everyone well, but as my brain gets older, it somehow takes me longer to associate one with the other. I get so embarrassed when I don’t remember someone. But there has been a lot of water under this bridge and after not traveling and living in the same place for the first thirty so...
Never one to let the moss grow beneath my feet and un-dauntingly ambitious I started my next project tonight. I owe my wife big time for being 1) Amazing! 2) being very encouraging throughout the venture into woodworking. 3) oh and putting up with me for the 8 years I spent in an alcoholic stupor. She is going to culinary school right now to become a pastry chef. Our first project was a decorative cutting board we gave her for Mother’s Day. The next day she mentioned she would...
Well, as everyone knows, I have the new Work Sharp 3000 sharpening system in place. I have been touching up my new chisels, my old chisels, my carving chisels, and my turning chisels. Whenever I hear people mention the “scary sharp” method, they describe how they run a chisel across an area where there is hair, and if the hair comes off, the chisel is “scary sharp.” I have been doing that over and over again and all the chisels seem to be sharp enough, but I still feel...
Hello LJ’s, I did a bit more practice on dovetails tonight. Experimented a bit with photography, and got a little bit different photo of the stuff I have been working on. I also talked about last night’s interesting chat on Twitter. The subject was ‘Going Pro’. http://bit.ly/ctSEbb Brian@ExtremelyAvg
Hi all I am brand new to this community. I want to document my journey into building my new shop. I have been working with wood for over 20 years and finally will get a dedicated space for my wonderful hobby. After using a basement and then my driveway i am not cleaning out my two car garage and it be totally dedicated to woodworking. i will be posting pics as we travel through this journey. Stay tuned
Hello LJ members,This is what happened. A couple of weeks before Christmas of 2009 I started helping a “so-called friend” with a couple of jobs. This is someone I have known for about 10 years. The first couple of weeks we built wall in a basement for a home office. On another job we built a bunch of walls on a remodel. And another small partion in a sales office. All this in 114.25 hours, at a bargain rate of $20 per hour. Now mind you, I have skills like many of you on this fine...
I have been asked alot over the last month about my new book. Click Here to see whats going on.
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