I stumbled across a place on the web where someone was asking about the merits of the Shopsmith vs getting separate tools & realized that it’s been a while since I blogged about that here on Lumberjocks, and while that in itself would not have prompted me to open this tool box again, when coupled with the event I’ll describe here, it was just enough to throw me over the edge & down that particular slippery slope. I’m just finally finishing up my son’s Christ...
For years I have looked at Incra’s table saw fence system. It has always been on my want to have list, but never on my need to have list and I could not justify the price. As I see it, the purpose of the Incra system is the ability to set the fence with very good accuracy and repeatability. Now there is Wixey’s new WR700 digital fence measuring tool. I have never seen one (other than pictures) but based on my reading, this tool lets you set your fence with great accuracy ...
Along the time of my attempts to create cutting boards I discovered Tite Bond III glue. The longer work time and tan color after dried made it seem a better choice than the yellow elmers glue. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/6218 That is a cutting board made almost two years ago, and this one being the most recent http://lumberjocks.com/projects/25561 My question is “How long do we wait for glue to completely dry before finishing?” The second board glue up was allowed to dry for a...
A journey into the workshop. #38: Not ready to review it yet... But the Wolverine Sharpening jig is in...
Well, it arrived Tuesday, but I have been busy enough that I didn’t even bother taking it out of the box and setting it up until last night… The Wolverine Sharpening Jig looks plenty well made coming out of the box, mostly good welds (the weld holding the through bolt for the platform is pretty messy, but solid), acceptable, but not all that impressive of a finish on the V arm and platform. After seeing this set up, I am not sure it is that much more impressive than the grin...
The following is an example of a project that I usually will find myself working on. It also highlights one of the reasons why I don’t post projects, as these are usually rough constructions that I attempt to make a little better than the material I am working with. Right now, my house is in a state of semi-chaos. My brother has moved in a few months ago (he has been recently diagnosed with MS and is trying to get his life together) and so I have been trying to adjust to the addition of...
Our local tree feller called unexpectedly yesterday to ask if I would like some Eucalyptus that was going to go to the dump, but they couldn’t bear to see such good wood go to waste. Obviously the answer was yes !!!!!! So they brought me a trailer load of old dry trunk sections, some of which have started rotting on the outer sections. There is still some good usable wood inside, so it is on my list to do. After I showed them the Yellowwood they brought me a couple of weeks ago,...
What’s happening in the shop for January 15, 2010 . Working on the upper cabinets for Cordes and stary on their desk. For missed video and building pictures see my Current Projects link at wwbeds.com or poggyskids.com. Watch us live:<div></div>
I have been commisioned by a young man who is an ameture astronomer to build for him an eyepiece box. That is, a box that will hold all of his eyepieces, his filters and his maps without any damage to the pieces. He travels with his telescopes every year to SC, I believe, so it needs to be secure enough to not open up on him and to withstand an accidental tumble or two. I have had to learn how to use a dovetail jig and have done pretty well with it. However, due to my lack of proper pla...
As I start the morning in my typical fashion of black coffee and cigarettes, I blow the sawdust off the lid of my travel mug and find my miniature files and carving tools. Such has been the highlight of my mornings, waking up to sharpen my tools for the day. Being laid off has been daunting my thoughts, and my car still being stuck in the impound has aided my lack of income into throwing me into a very dangerous state of being. I’ve been edgy lately, with those who deserve it and tho...
It just makes me so darn angry. The life I have led has been one of logic. I am the son of a mathematician and much of my adult working years have been spent as an analyst. When I make a dumb mistake it grates on my nerves worse than finger nails on a chalk board. Now I don’t have delusions that I am going to progress in woodworking mistake free. Quite the contrary, I see my mistakes as an opportunity to learn. I have learned a lot. The angst I am feeling come from not only makin...
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