So last night, I took one of my bowl blanks, I believe this stuff is Camphor due to the smell (it smells like Vicks), but I wouldn’t testify to that in court. The wood came from a tree that had been storm fall from Hurricane Ike last year. So anyway… Like I said I took one of my bowl blanks, about 6” in diameter, and mounted it to the face plate, roughed it out, and created the tenon on the bottom of the blank. Removed it from the face plate, and mounted it on my chuck...
Our first day of class was reviewing the safety rules and procedures for the entire school curriculum. As you can imagine with over 180 new students using power and hand tools safety has to be an important part of the training we will receive. Each student must complete the safety test. This test is 200 questions covering all safety issues. Since it is an open book test the 50 page companion Safety manual will guide us through each power tool. It is a lot common sense tied to specific rule...
Well no progress to speak of for the past several days. I got distracted when I found a bunch of shed wings in my dining room – drywood termites had swarmed – called the exterminators and the house will be fumigated next week. This entails some prep work on my part so the Workstation is on hold for at least another week – will post again when I get something done.
I absolutely love looking at all of the different types of wood used in the different projects here at lumberjocks. When I saw a few made with Crotch Mahogany, I knew I had to find a project to use it for. So today I rummaged around in the wood stack at a local-ish hardwood store and came up with this piece that’s about 33” x 44” and 1.25” thick. I can’t wait to use it, there will be plenty leftover for another project as well. I’m curious what othe...
Palomar College Cabinetmaking and Furniture Technology Program, San Marcos, CA. CFT 100 Fundamentals of WoodworkingSix Classes offered in the fall semester 25 students per class 30 max Day classes: 8 Am to 4:30 PM MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursday Night Classes: 5 PM to 9 PM Monday and WednesdayTuesday and Thursday What this means is that about 180 students are taking the CFT 100 class 140 hours of instruction and countless hours outside the classroom and lab In the Spring the ...
Thursday, August 27, 2009 The First Day of School I don’t think I slept the night before the first day of Woodworking School. I had been waiting five years to do this, now it was actually going to happen. Maybe I was worried about going to school again after all these years, or I might just have been excited about the next phase of life. How many of us dream about the day we can do the things we want? My day to do that very thing has finally happened. To go back a few years five t...
So last night I began cutting the tenons on the table saw. Now before everyone tells me I’m lucky to still have my fingers or flames me for posting these pics, here’s a disclaimer. DO NOT use a table saw without the use of a throat plate. Disastrous things CAN and likely WILL happen… (See Also: Standard disclaimer “Blade Guard Removed for Clarity”) That being said… I’ve never had problems making cuts with the dado stack in the tablesaw without ...
Its that time of year again: HOLIDAY PROJECT TIME! So this year, I decided to make a few little keepsake boxes, thanks to some advice from The Great WOODini. I also took inspiration from a box Nicole keeps on her nightstand and developed a new design that is much more practical for the average woodworker to make. The boxes feature a secret locking pin. Once removed, the lid slides off on a sliding dovetail. And as always with these holiday gift projects, you can modify them by trying diffe...
I have a buddy who won a sailboat charter in the British Virgin Islands. I started off promising him to teach him how to sail well enough to go on his own. Long story short, we ended up chartering a sailboat too. The other night (over a few adult beverages), he said he wanted to build a camera kite. For those of you that don’t know what the heck he’s talking about, it’s a contraption that allows you to literally fly your expensive, digital camera, usually over the Pacifi...
Thanks for the great comments on the first blog post guys! Thought I would post a minor update after conditioning and staining. So the first entry was prior to sanding and pocket hole drilling. Since then I have drilled the pocket holes to hold the top and legs to skirt. Guess I need a better drill b/c on the last few I got a bit of tear out on the wood (seems like the drill was slowing down). Nothing that a little sanding wouldn’t cure. After sanding I applied Minwax wood con...
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