Just taking a small break from the work day. Today, I am researching the shape and form of Russian Spindles. I made a cursory spindle last night. I had never spun with a supported spindle that didn’t have a hook at the top. It was frustrating and my spindle didn’t seem to get much twist going… then I realized that perhaps it had something to do with the shape itself. Looked into it and discovered I left quite a bit of extra wood on that thing. Examining the spindles...
I didn’t get completely done, but took it to the festival anyway. Friday night I had it working pretty good about midnight, but as I was getting ready to put it away for the night- I heard a popping noise every time the belt made a full circle. I knew what that meant… time for a new belt. I cut the old one off and spliced a new one on. I use gorilla glue and clamp the splice between waxed paper. this time I used maple blocks and two clamps so I could really crank down on it. Sat m...
I recently purchased a Kreg Jig system for use in my first major project (an entry table/cabinet for the house). One major issue I have had is, after joining boards together for the table, the wooden Kerg plugs I purchased stick out of the pocket hole quite a bit. Filing and sanding these down took FOREVER (and at significant expense to my hands and arms). So I looked through the LJ forums to see if anyone had a better way to resolve this…there just had to be a better way. I stumb...
Okay I know, cheesy title for saying. Woo Hoo I finally got a compressor! The piles, and piles of other stuff in the way are dwindling, and the dust collection is up and working quite nicely. This is actually my Wife’s fault. She wanted to go to Big Lots, and has been after me to replace the Arrow electric brad nailer for a while now. A little background before I confuse you to death… I have an Arrow ET200 electric brad nail gun, and it, well sort of drives brads. What ex...
You ever have one of those days where you wonder why you do this? This is supposed to be a hobby. Shouldn’t a hobby be fun and relaxing? This started going down hill when my Milwaukee cordless drill, which I love, has started crapping out on me after only a year of light hobby use. This drill had performed great for me. One of the things I liked was how it seemed to have full power right up to the last drop of battery life. Sunday afternoon I was trying to drill some pocket scre...
The following pictures are of a Valley Oak that was approximately one hundred and fifty years old and five feet in diameter. It lived its life in the back yard of a homeowner in Walnut Creek, CA. In July of this year it fell over onto the garage of said homeowner. We are all glad that it wasn’t the actual house. However, In the battle of tree vs. garage, the eighty thousand pound tree won hands down! Evergreen Tree Service of Antioch, CA removed the “remains” of the tree,...
Cut myself twice today, once when my tenon saw jumped out of the kerf and again with a slip of a chisel. nothing serious, just a couple drops of the red stuff, but i felt real happiness. Why? BECAUSE IT MEANS IM WORKING AGAIN!!!!!!!!!! now where did i put those bandaids.
Hal’s new book and plan templates arrived the other week. Since I am gearing up to complete two customer chairs by xmas this was a welcome change. The book is longer, contains some new hints, details and is actually simpler in many ways than the original plans and book. A couple of problems I ran into is that some of my original jigs and fixtures were changed in the new book and I had to refer to the older book in a couple of places for setting them up, or make new jigs. Since I am ...
In the process of planning the Michigan Picnic coming up, my lovely wife thought that it would be great to have an Inernational lumberjock event. I agree, but just the logistics of the whole thing scares the hell out of me. Who would come, what to bring, where to have it and so on. I know I for one would go to it. Maybe someday we could pull it off. For now I am content with meeting with my fellow LJ’ers from Michigan. Well I guess I got that out. Back to getting myself ready for our pi...
Just a few more steps left before I can start putting the planking on the sides. Cutting in the Rabbet Between Stem and Keel The next crucial step is cutting in the rabbet between the Stem and Keel. This was done entirely by hand with a few sharp chisels. I used a small piece of wood (3”x1”x3/8”) as a template, representing the plank, to ensure a smooth transition as I cut away the rabbet. Here is the before picture: And the after picture. This was done on both ...
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