In my last post I explained that my garage only had one outlet in the whole 20×20 space. Today noknot and I fixed that by hooking up the wiring for the new garage “workshop wall”. I haven’t repaired the drywall yet, but these pictures let you see how we ran them. First we cut a strip of drywall out to run the horizontal wires: (click to enlarge) Then, we ran the wires down the central beam that runs across my garage. I know this looks kinda, uh, scary now bu...
I found out this morning that my local Ace Hardware sells Olson band saw blades. Since I’ve heard extremely good things about Olson scroll saw blades, I figured it’d be worth my $10 to give it a shot. In the store, I saw they had a 1/8” and a 1/4”. The larger is a “6 hook” and the smaller is a “14 hook”. I bought both, “just in case”, and I installed the 1/8” blade. OH! MY! !!! !! !! !!!!!!!!!!! So THIS is what a band...
This week I come and set the tone for my blog in response from Scotsman’s hand injury and my own, Hernias from your job are no fun!!!! As this week ended in a sour note with me almost losing my job over my manager being stupid and the only thing I can say I agreed with him about is the comment of if you don’t like your job go cut wood ! ya! I think I will do that, sorry for the rant but as woodworker we take safety for granted ( including me ) as we try to be safe and clean up sc...
Picked up this lathe today at my mothers house that I had almost forgotten about. I inherited these from my grandfather 20 yrs ago and had put them in storage when I moved over 10 yrs ago.This is a real old beauty, solid cast iron, measures only 22” long. Has wood pullies and 1 has leather attached to it, like maybe the belt drive. Has no markings on it that I can see, so I dont know what brand or who made it. I’m going to do some research to see what I can find.Thought I’d ...
Well, I have been away for the computer for the last three days, we held a fundraiser in the small town of Marble Falls Texas, which has a population of around 5,000 for an employee that has been battling lung cancer and away from work for the past eight months. I built the Dancing Clock for the silent auction and there were many other donations from the community as well. The employee’s younger brother was the high bidder on the clock and he gave it to his brother. To date we have raised ...
So I finally got to the staining process. It’s a first for me staining something of this size and it most certainly did NOT go off without a hitch. I applied 2 coats of Dark Walnut to all the visible wood pieces. The first coat went on perfect. The second coat, I didn’t remove as much stain as I should have before it dried, and I wound up with that nice tacky over-stained surface. Took me a whole day and a bottle of mineral spirits, but I was able to clean it up without havi...
I enjoy reading woodworking blogs. I find them a great source of information, ideas, and some personal tidbits that help give the rest some added context. I use Google Reader to read them all by way of their RSS feed. This lets me read the new posts anywhere in the world that I can login to my Google Account (including on my iPod Touch). If you follow even one blog regularly, it is definitely helpful to use Reader as your one stop to see what’s new. Over time, Reader may even sugg...
This was surely a busy week. It is quite rare when I get to say this, but “I seem to be quite caught up”. All the animals are fed – the magazine has six projects/articles, the wholesalers have all the required material they need for their next catalogs, the site is all changed and up and running with everything new (although it was brought to my attention that there is a glitch in one of the tables that needs tending this morning), even my facebook page is updated. It is ...
Let us see and look into the words and feelings of our fellow LJ who just received Megan’s box. It is my honor to say that LJ Rand should be known by everyone how he feels about the box that he received from me. Most of us just look into the photos of our projects, make comments, appreciate, share ideas and techniques but what about if you yourself manage to have a hand on the real thing? I had once had visited Philly actually set foot on his shop and hold on to his planes. Its ...
The center pieces for the Shaker Table is fiddleback (an alternating grain pattern) Tasmania Myrtle (Nothofagus Cunninghamii). Although, I’ve had the timber for 12 months, only now that it’s dressed I can start to appreciate the colours and grain. In these photos I’ve splashed the table with some methylated spirits to show how the timber would looked like oiled. Timber sourced from Boutique Timbers. We’ve had some debate at the Woodwork Forums about pro̵...
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