Don’t forget that tomorrow – September 1st – is Gorilla Glue Challenge deadline. We already have 11 creative entries and there is a great chance to win one of the following prizes: 1 Grand Prize will consist of $200 plus 1 of each Gorilla Glue’s products and a Gorilla Glue t-shirt. There will be 5 runner-up prizes; winners will receive 1 of each Gorilla Glue’s products and a Gorilla Glue t-shirt. As well as 10 third place prizes of a Gorilla t-shirt Click h...
The counterweights mentioned in the last installment were done the same way as the cowcatcher parts. Substituting a spindle sander for the belt sander to sand the inside arc. They were centered on the wheel across from the small hole and glued. I also glued one wheel on each axle. I photocopied the bell bracket and glued it to a piece of 1/4” walnut. I cut and sanded part way down the piece on the outside line each side. Then using my jewelers drill I eyeballed the spot for the ...
Drupes and Drupaceous Nuts as Tung Oil So lets cut to the center of the fruit….like cutting to the quick, and talk about China Wood Oil, wood nut oil or just plain ‘tung oil’. And since we’re talking in the language of botany, maybe it would be best too first say that tung oil is not a true nut, but is a fruit that comes to us as a drupe or what is also called ‘stone fruit’. Definition of a drupe….stone fruit is: ’’a one-seeded indehisc...
I started the torsion box this weekend. This is my first one and it has been a learning experience. David Marks makes it look easy, but it is not. I got my work surface straight and level and started building the grid work. I quickly learned that brads are not a good substitution for finishing nails, as they like to follow a random path. I had to push on as SWMBO would not allocate additional budget for a finishing nailer. The gird work is done and I got the first skin on this evening. I hope...
This weekend’s goal is getting the cabinet beside the stove to at least have a usable counter-top. We picked up a beaten up 10’x2’ glued up piece of maple countertop off of Craigslist for $50, and that’s becoming the surface for beside the stoive, and the narrow counter for under the window, with a backsplash cut from the scraps. Today I took a deep breath and cut the first pieces. As I said, the counter-top was pretty beat up with a few gaps, so as I sanded...
Sort of. Well, I went ahead and ordered the pin-handle-sawblade kit from Gramercy. I put the order in on Wednesday, the stuff was in my mailbox on Friday, and it came through via priority mail because I’m too cheap to have it overnighted. Now, I don’t care who you are, that’s fast. I didn’t need the overnight service. The pins are a nicely turned brass, and I epoxied them into the handles today. Until I have my lathe built, I’m going to call that one go...
Well, we’ve been in business since July 1, and it’s been quite an experience. I’ve learned a lot more about business than I thought.First, there are not enough hours in a day. After we get back from appointments, there is the admin side: billing, sales calls, payroll, reports to write, and on and on.Second, if you don’t market, you don’t sell. I have internet ads going, newspaper ads, postcard mailings, Chamber of Commerce appearances, vehicle signs, anything I c...
Drawing from my impressive knowledge and powers of observation, I sat down early this morning and decided to model my future treadle lathe. Figured something this complicated probably ought to have a little thought put into it, just to sound impressive, anyway. In keeping with the bottom-feeder tradition, I’m trying to build the whole thing out of big box store dimensional lumber. I haven’t researched the bearings yet, but in the renderings I have the flayrod made out of 1\2&...
Between working a full-time job that consumes more than 40 hours a week and building my part-time business doing commission based work I managed to get my website up and running. I actually enlisted the expertise of a friend who does this as a side business. I was extremely pleased with his creativity and execution giving me exactly what I envisioned. Please check it out brianfullerdesigns
I got my No.7 in the mail on Thursday. They have been getting a bit higher in price on e-bay as of late. At least the nicer ones are going more than I care to spend and the rust seized ones are creeping up to about $30-45 at auction close. So I decided exactly what I wanted, a Stanley No.7 in user condition with a corrugated sole. I watched auctions for about a month got outbid on a couple, but stuck within my price limits on each so I don’t feel bad about being outbid. Finally one...
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