I have been an LJ member for about 6 months now, admiring the projects of those so gifted and occasionally posting my humble offerings. Working on my latest project, I realized, we are all part of a chain of a living barrel of monkeys. When we are new, the top, the bar that is raised, seems so very high, impossible to climb or reach up to. But, when we lift up our hand (our paw?) we don’t touch empty air, but a hand above us that connects us to the chain as we reach our own hand to t...
Today I met up with a lady who owns a business out of town and after sitting down with her she purchased 10 Pens, 1 Sketch Pencil and 3 Keychains. I’m very happy with the results and the potential of a new business partnership.
Hello All, This has been a great day. I was given a bunch of practice wood and I have been practicing my hand planing. I really like taking rough, misshapen, odd pieces and turning them into smaller useful pieces. I included 4 pictures today. All in all, a pretty good post and day in the shop. http://bit.ly/92bdjl Brian
Tonight I finished off my mortises. I have been away from the project for quite a while and watched one of David Charlesworths’ DVD’s from Lie-Nielsen in the downtime. The DVD was about working with chisels and he chops a mortise in there somewhere. After watching the video I tweaked my approach a little and it helped immensley. The first mortise I did took about 40 min. Some in the middle were a little quicker. Tonight I got a more accurate job and it took about fifteen min...
My ol lady gave me the go ahead to get a new table saw, however, my budget is only $500 dollars. Anyone have any suggestions? I know I want a cast iron top and a decent fence. I am looking at the Hitachi C10FL anyone have that saw? Is the fence good enough to last a while before I get the one I really want in a year or so?
<dustcollectionrant> The amount of time I spend running my two shopvacs (did I say two? yes I did) is getting to be ridiculous. The bandsaw, tablesaw, and router put out a lot of dust and chips (duh). Today I routed a 3/4” groove in 30” long MDF for some T-track and everything to the left of my router table was covered in powder. My cabinet saw, though it spews most of the dust out the back and into a neat little pile under my workbench/outfeed table, makes a lot of it. ...
Remember the thrill of discovering that people wanted to pay you to make things from timber … the first sale… how gratifying that was.. Last year my good friend and compatriot, Col, entered a few boards in the local Caboolture Show… and won first, second and third prizes This past week, while working in the shop, I realised that the Caboolture Show was looming… How good would it feel if I won a prize? Hey, that would be a great buzz.. Enter a few of the t...
Four of us got together for a visit to small independent saw mill north of Lansing Michigan. Everyone left with wood. Stories were swapped. Rain didn’t start until after we left. Jockmike got a real beautiful slab that I am challenging him to post a picture of. Rest of us just got beautiful wood planks. Steve.
In this pic you can see the timber walls are in, the posts are up and I’ve started laying the decks (ran out of deck screws that day so I started the bottom railings). It was a little shaky when standing on the deck until I installed the railings, then if firmed right up. I expect it to do more so as things are added. For the playhouse area I’ve layed down the PT lumber with the intention of putting in hardwood flooring once the playhouse is build (left over from a previous job...
We had heavy Thunder storms with tornado warnings move thru last night. Woke up to find had half an ash tree lying across the drive. So seein the top was gone I might as well cut down the tree and turn it into boards. I was planing on cutting down about 1/2 dozen 16-20” dia cherry’s to start the drying process. so I’ll add this ash to the mill run. Trunk is 24”dia and got 2 good lengths, 1-8’ & 1-7’, rest will go into the firewood pile. first 2 pic̵...
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