My wife bought me a kit to build a mandolin last christmas. I have been working on it off and on since then. The top is spruce, and the back and sides are maple. The neck is maple and the headstock has a walnut overlay.
I am getting sick of looking at that partially tiled all around the fireplace (1.5 years and counting), so I thought it was about time to get making some wood chips. Here is the sketchup model Here is what I have accomplished so far: And here is a mockup: I am a bit hung up on how to make the arc part. Initially I was thinking bent lamination, which would be a first for me. Then I got hung up on how to attach the arc to the rest of that top part. Which led me to thi...
I know all the comments were light hearted and in good fun, but I’ve been quite busy and after signing on to LJ I haven’t had the time to post any pictures. I put a couple of pictures up of the shop. I’ll take better photos later. These were just quickies to get everyone off my back ;) I’m an amateur (would like to turn pro one day) photographer so I want to play with the lighting and get the shop all set up Better Homes and Gardens style to get some great shots....
After nearly six (6) years of part-time wood butchery and a decided lack of organized space in the garage, I’ve decided to start over. I plan on adding a dedicated sub-panel for all garage/shop circuits, i.e. 230/110VAC outlets, lighting, etc. The next step is to remove all of the drywall and replace it with either 1/2” plywood or solid T&G planking, not sure which at this point but most likely ply (cheaper)! I’d also like to replace the big blue cabinet with a hut...
So after much debate, discussions of the pros/cons of the new granite topped Ridgid R4511, going back and forth, research, research, research… I finally settled on the saw I wanted (in theory… I hadn’t seen it yet in person!). I decided that the Craftsman 22124 was the right saw for me. It fit my shop, and came with a biesmeyer fence, which was really what cinched it for me. That fence is a $350 upgrade to any other stock fence… and it’s the gold standard th...
I wasn’t going to call in and see about the shelf racking I saw from the street.. sitting in a front yard.I did and found out it was for sale for $200 .. ok I’ll be back this afternoon.. got home and thought tomorrow,, saw the neighbor about using his truck.. He said right now .. so I went back.. lucky …someone else wanted it and were coming the following morning,, You may or may not agree with this philosophy but I have found that if you wait for things to happen ,, then th...
I went to a place called “Global Wood Source” in San Jose, which is the most amazing place I’ve ever been for lumber. The owner travels around the world in search of only the best and most amazingly figured woods. He’s got stuff you can’t find anywhere else. Check out their website and if you are anywhere near San Jose you have to stop by. Anyway, I found the perfect lumber for my table top. Three slabs of figured maple over 2” thick. I also bought the m...
After struggling to lift the first long wall I decided that we better split the the other long wall into two parts as it had two 4×4 windows and a man door. we finished the first half and raised it into place. Then began building the second half.....Wow, how easy that was with two smaller sections to lift and manouver into place. we waited till we had the wall completed and then sheeted it after. .... The next day all we had to do was finish the front wal which was pretty easy compar...
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