I’m new here at LJ and I wondered why “Healthy Shop” wasn’t a topic of discussion here…maybe I just missed the discussion? As we all know there are hazards in the work place. The hobby shop is no exception. Lose your health and you lose a lot. I first read here about the Dust Deputy collection system to reduce dust in the shop. I checked out their prices and thought “If this was made in China, it would be $20!” Being the cheapskate that I am ...
Okay, I just got my first table saw. It’s new to me, but it’s a used saw. Picked up a Craftsman 113.299040 (Manual: http://www.managemylife.com/mmh/lis_pdf/OWNM/L0711121.pdf) for $175. Runs smooth and quiet. Looks clean but used. I use to work with my Dad in his workshop in the basement a couple decades ago (well, more like a quarter century ago) so woodworking is nothing new, but ‘table saw’ is. Dad has a Craftsman radial arm saw. He got his in the mid-70R...
The finishing of my first card box took a slightly different direction than I was expecting.. not a ‘write off’ but not what I wanted.So I think I’m ready to make one with my ‘good wood’. I picked out a log from some fire wood on a recent camp outing.Lodgepole Pine I used a buck saw to remove most of the loose bark.. .. Attached a guide board Made two passes on the table saw Hand cut the center board cut from one of the log halfs Flatteni...
I’ve been watching craigslist for a Performax 16-32 drum sander for what seems like forever. Yesterday I scored one for $250. Woot! James
I have a good story for a Friday. Earlier this week, I had a gentleman call me from Florida. It seems he received the latest issue of Creative Woodworks and Crafts and really liked the “Welcome to the Nuthouse” segmenation plaque that was in there. He talked to me for a few minutes about it, and then asked me “what do you sell?” I didn’t quite know what he meant. I asked him what he meant. He repeated the questions and I figured that he didn’t qui...
I finally finished the cabinet doors for my client, and at this moment my next job will not begin for another week or two. Thus, it’s time for me to turn my attention to the neglected shop. I mentioned that I had purchased probably the last Clear Vue dust collector from the previous owner, Ed Morgano, back in May. My first order of business – complete the dust collector room. I had already dedicated a place for the collector when I moved in, and roughed in the area. I knew I wa...
I made a bathtub. This was a chunk of mystery wood. I cut it down to size and milled out the interior. I painted the interior white. I played around with veneer. I’ve never used this before… not sure how I feel about it – would perhaps be nicer to work with on larger materials and/or blocks without tub holes in them.. lol I used some purpleheart for trim. I’m going to do some fancy trim to this.. not quite sure what. But it’s far from done. I thi...
150,000 BF/day SAWMILL TOUR with pics! NOTES: A lot of interesting stuff on this trip so I’m breaking it up into separate days. If you want to see the high res picture, click on the embedded picture and it will open a new browser window with the full high res version. I managed to get over to Cardin Forest Products today. I drove by Wednesday but the office shuts down at four and I wasn’t sure I wanted to just go strolling up into as busy and big a sawmill operation as these guys...
Hello LJ’s, Sometimes I like to just experiment. Today I mostly toyed around with an idea and to be honest, it never really got me fired up. Oh well, that happens sometimes. http://su.pr/2WFLNo Brian
After testing out my sample piece, I decided to go for it with the table. This is a learning experience after all, isn’t it? :) Sanded out the second coat of conditioner this morning before work, and when I got home I started applying the stain. Here’s the result: Overall, the process was easy – wipe on, wipe off – just kept trying to work in small sections so the gel stain didn’t dry too much. One minute max, and I went back and started wiping ex...
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