Some time ago, 105 days ago to be precise, I posted a forum question asking woodworkers who do not use card scrapers “why not?”. The intention was to get information which would help me make a video. As life has a way of getting in the way of plans, it took some time before I could make the video, but it has finally arrived. I look forward to your feedback.Here is the link to the video and the writeup from my video page:http://brianhavens.us/resource/card-scrapers If you hav...
After receiving some very awesome feedback from a few people on this site I’ve gone forward with the project by screwing a 3/4” piece of ply to the stop and then putting a 1/8” piece of hardboard on top of that. I then went ahead and routed slots for the t-track which will hold the fence I’m working on. I’ve got a cutout for my router (not attached yet) and then I continued the 5/8” miter slots that are on my Craftsman TS. I also raised the saw blade throug...
When we last left off 116 days ago, my planer had a blown bearing. It was an effort of monumental proportions to disassemble the thing to get to it, taking several days spread over weeks or months – whenever I had time and motivation to figure out how to get deeper into it. Removing the bearing showed the shaft had been peened to fit the bearing, and several people suggested that that was what caused the failure. Peened shafts are likely not concentrically aligned with the bearing, and ...
Woodworkers Want To Know Woodworkers often ask me how to make a living out of the shop. This is a short question that requires a long answer. Here, I will give some context of how woodworking skills apply to the real world using my experience as one example. In my case, I get projects because of my remodel business. In 1997 I started out as a handy man with no training or skills in the trades and no tools. I had a contractor that guided me and gave me a lot of work for my first year and...
My Build A Maloof Inspired Rocker Instructional Bundle has helped fine woodworkers all over the world to build their “Bucket List” rocker. The following is one of my favorite customer feedback stories. It really touched me that a project from Columbus, Georgia could reach around the woodworking world. Thomas Friedman’s book “The World is Flat” describes the world’s new reality. The computer and the Internet have made it possible for people to connect via...
The HardwareDeciding on what type and which brand of vice to use was an ordeal in its self. I have to say I changed the design a number of times – eventually deciding on a leg, sliding leg, and tail vice. Then I had to decide on brand. Well… should I buy cheap carbatec $40 ones… or should I go traditional Big Wooden Vice style… but I couldn’t go past BenchCrafted. Two factors stood out… the precision build and the use of a wheel rather than a T bar which pr...
So it’s finally happened! Of course, the day before i read that the Schwarz is coming out with another workbench book, this one more hand-tool-apartment-dweller-friendly, but no matter :-/.The lumber has been ordered and picked up. I know it’s premature to thank ppl for helping me build a workbench when all i have is a pile of lumber, so for now, i suppose i would like to mention that there are two people without whom i could not have a pile of lumber that is hopefully soon to be ...
I got the go ahead from my better half to move my workshop from my 1 car garage to my basement. The basement is technically a “finished” basement, however, when we moved in the carpet was beyond salvageable so we tore it out and really haven’t done anything with the space. Now I have a purpose for it :) There is a full bedroom/office beside the stairs, and a full finished bath opposite the bedroom. The first step was removing the tack strips from the concrete and repai...
I have a friend that is an HVAC specialist and we sat down and designed this unit together which he then ordered some custom parts to be made. After $60 in materials, $85 for the dust collector and a cutting board for a trade off, that left me with $145 out of pocket. Not too bad, I don’t think. It works good, but can only do one tool at a time. Oh, and I also spent about $40 on the 4” hose and 6” duct work into the trash can. I wired its outlet to the wsitch there t...
It was suggested by Outputter that I put a teaser up each day, and let people know that I have added a new post to my blog. I was thinking about this today, and there are lots of people who have said that they aren’t intersted in reading content outside of the community. This is fine with me. There have been some people that have come over to the new blog, so this is for them. But it got me thinking, could I write a good enough teaser to get the likes of David or Spalm to click?...
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