This will be my first official non shop-furniture project so i thought i’d document it. I just finished up a lathe table from a design in shop notes, issue 10 this past weekend. I wired up the lathe Sunday afternoon then went inside to watch the hockey game… halfway through the second period – boom! There was a horrible noise… a drunk driver had swerved off the road and uprooted a maple tree in front of my house! It was 3:30 in the afternoon!!! Luckily no one wa...
Last Thursday I visited one of my local sawmills and I posted my Wood Gloat of the Day. There is a preface to that story: On Feb 12, of 2007 I visited that same sawmill and these three logs were laying in the yard. I found the mill owner and told him that that I wanted him to saw those logs for me. He said that he was going to keep them. I told him to don’t trim the edges of the boards. leave them on the board so that you could have natural edges if you wanted them. ...
Well after finally figuring out how to use my router and router table (thanks to many a help from other members on here!) I got the stiles and rails for my cabinet doors grooved out. Then after being so pleased that I got the problem fixed and it didn’t cost me a dime, I THOUGHT I took special care in everything else I did to finish this project tonight, once and for all. And then I messed up the doors the same way as I did the FIRST time I tried to make them back before winter set in....
Popular Woodworking has started a blog on Ridiculous Woodworking Book Titles. A couple of the great ones are “A Price Guide to Lie-Nielsen Boxes and Packing Materials” “The Complete Guide To Honing Guides” “Interesting Uses for Rarely Used Tools” “How to win forum arguments; aka forum arguments for dummies by dummies” and for the women woodworkers kreg jigs guild to How to screw a stud. And for the political woodworker“Shooting...
Hello everyone, I am a beginner in woodworking. I have made a couple of mantle clocks courtesy of a Wood Craft class. I am now attempting to make a Hope Chest for my daughter’s 16th birthday. The exterior is cedar and the base is Paduak(sp?). I made plugs of Paduak to cover the screws. To gain some weight and solidity I placed a piece of 3/4” plywood at the bottom. The interior is covered in aromatic cedar. I am now trying to find a good finish for it. I have experimented with ...
Ok—I’ll rephrase my original posting which maliciously disappeared into the electronic void yesterday in a flurry of “don’t talk religion” messages. The crux of my message was the value of a lifetime partner, and because I quoted scripture in relationship to how I believe my deity taught it should be done . . . people were very offended. Get over yourselves. Again, I’m going to reiterate the message but put it into succinct woodworking terms. My ...
Yesterday was a day of taking care of all the things that get neglected when we are in the shop having fun. There has been quite a bit of rain here and it was finally dry enough to cut some grass. I have about 2 1/2 acres here, not all has grass on it but enough that it takes about 3 hours to cut it all. Then some new headlights arrived for our old 96 Ford Escort and I needed to put those in. By that time the day was pretty well shot. Today I have am going to clean off the front a...
After cutting quite a few stumps down for different wood projects, We would need to flatten the bottom side to have it sit flat on the floor for say a table base. We would just throw the scrape peices into a plie and they would become filewood. We then started to review these throw aways a little clooser some of them were quite unique in shape and size, I started to save them as they would pile up I took a few into the shop and showed Mary them and she started with her ideas what we could use...
Last June we had a horrible storm blow in. It knocked our power out for 4 days. During the storm a giant tree was uprooted and fell across our road. I’m not sure of the tree species as I have asked 3 people and got 3 different answers. However, the wood type is not what really interests me. I would love to get a few slices off the bottom of this tree for rustic large coffee tables or outdoor dining tables. But the tree was pushed onto a new neighbors property. He told my hubby at...
There’s a blog out there called Instapundit, written by a law professor named Glenn Reynolds. Instapundit used to be so widely read (may still be) that if he ever linked to another blog, that blog got such a tremendous volume of traffic that it sometimes gave them bandwidth issues with their host. That flood of traffic became known as an “instalanche”. Well in my short time as a woodworking blogger, I have found myself twice the willing victim of a Schwarzalanche. The fir...
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