Just came home from our local home and Garden show. I feel like I have been locked away in a time capsule for to long. Kitchens are now either “Disposable , cheap, quick in style today” cabinets or are “furniture NICER than the neighbor has” Beautiful pieces , BUT how many people want to spend $90,000 for new kitchen cabinets ? SO ONCE again the mid – range cabinet maker NO LONGER gets the work. Example: Went to “BIG CHAIN STORE” to price out doors on...
Workin’ My Butt Off! Guys – I kid you not, I have a full plate and I am getting up early and working late everyday. But it is very exciting as there are a lot of things going on behind the scenes. The economy must be getting better because I am getting calls and jobs like I normally should. It actually started early this year too which was a mystery to me but a welcome one. I have added 9 more detail photos and information of my shop at my new site on the Shop page. So yo...
It’s just shy of 7AM, and I’ve been up since 5… Partly because kid-at-Christmas syndrome, partly because I needed to handle a few final details and run to the grocery store for doughnuts. My buddies should start arriving shortly, and we’ll be hitting it hard all day – and it’s going to be a long one. I am so looking forward to it!
I lost count, but I think I have now applied about 12 coats of polyurethane. Nearly 1/2 gallon. After about 7 coats, the endgrain finally stopped soaking it in. So at that point, I basically had a 3/32” thick “plastic” top, as hard as a butcher block. Which is exactly what I wanted. I tried to put the poly on as thick as possible, sanding down all the high spots between coats. After the 7 coats, I realized it wasn’t as flat as I’d like, as I was sanding th...
A brief look at my humble Montana workshop, from my morning “commute” to the inside of the shop, including the never-ending-project: The Workshop Expansion. I hope you enjoy this peek at where I enjoy spending so much time. The Shop>
Spring is here and it’s time to play outside. My daughter is two and a half and loves to play in the yard, but unfortunately there’s not much for her to do out there. So I took a look around and found a bunch of wood that had been sitting out in my yard for a year or so. Pieces of a fence that I took down and some leftover pieces from my deck railing. So I decided to put this stuff to work for my little girl. My neighbour used to work at the local garbage depot and he found...
This week I had a piece of 5/4 white oak that I needed to take down to 7/8. I decided to do it by hand which was a first for me. I used my #5 crossgrain to take most of the material off and then a #8 with the grain to level it and finish it off. There were a few spots with tear out so I hit them with the #4 to fix them. All in all it was a lot of work but I learned a lot about my planes in the process. I recommed it for anyone and am anxious to learn more and imporve my work. Here’...
Now that the temperatures are slowly but surely starting to climb again, I’m finally able to work in my garage again for more than 5 minutes. In addition to my table project, I’ve started working on restoring the Power King 912 in December. I’ve been slowly but surely striping off pieces, but had run into a road block with the wheels… the bearings were stuck solid. Someone on LJ (Grizzman?) suggested I look into getting a gear puller, so Harbor Freight to the resc...
Hello All, I have finished the carving mallet. I comes in at 1 pound 4.8 ounces. If you care to check it out, feel free to hop on over to the blog. I will also throw it up in the projects section too. http://bit.ly/crvRIy Brian
So today I made the last layaway payment (finally!) on my craftsman table saw and went with my brother in law to go pick it up. It am biiiiiig and it am heeaaaavvvyy. Nearly 400 pounds of pure win :D I already have my old Skil benchtop packed up to go on ebay, I get a kick out of the sheer size difference…. So prolly this weekend I’ll be puttin it together, then the first things I’m going to make are some ZCIs and a ramp (you can kinda see that the concrete pad i...
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