Yo whats up everybody I just wanted to say that I was starting a new podcast called the tool life audio podcast. Because im movign I want to keep up with the content and I just packed up my shop yesterday so after the desk organizer there wont be anymore videos for a few weeks so I decided to start this audio podcast. This is not like a subsitute for my videos I will keep doing this podcast even when I get my videos back up.
So as I have mentioned in previous blogs, I have been studying and collecting Japanese hand tools. And my favorite book which has inspired the collection is JAPANESE WOODWORKING TOOLS by Toshio Odate. In this book there is a section on saws (Nokogiri) where Odate proudly displays a favorite in his collection: This saw was a rip saw used to mill large stock. The wide blade was designed to keep the cut straight in very thick lumber. It was used by the mighty kobiki-shokunin (s...
I was really intimidated when I first started thinking about going to a mill or lumberyard to purchase wood. I have no idea what I’m doing. I just have a plan for a router table that calls for poplar. I didn’t want to waste people’s time and I didn’t want to look like an idiot. I watched a few videos at the wood whisperer and am feeling a little better about going to get some wood. Here is the area on the website for new woodworkers.” http://thewoodwhisperer....
Something told me it was going to be an interesting day . . . but it’s always interesting in some way or another. This is a very unusual wound . . . and an interesting story nonetheless. Peggy and I had my parents over on Saturday night. We worked to get the garden stuff done as well as the final things for the dust collector. I was showing my dad the stuff in the garage and was thinking out loud on the old router that he gave me. It was an old McGrawHill router that is all s...
Sorry for the dim pic, got a late start to the next project today and just ran out of light. Thats the downside of an open air shop, but I just didn,t realise how dark it was until I couldn,t see my gauge lines! I really just got into a groove with the plane and simply didn,t want to stop. Can,t remember ever feeling that way when I was useing a jointer. Maybe I should of called this post “Pumping iron”. Tommorow, Mortise and tenons cut by hand. Lovin it!!
My Father in law has 23 acres of woods and just started cleaning up all the down and dead trees in it yesterday. So far I have got 7 Hemlock logs that range in size of about 20 inchs in dia. to about 14 inchs. And the length of 12 feet to 6 feet. The reason I have a couple of shorter logs is the tree had a little crook in it, so have to cut the length there so I get the most lumber. Also cut a cherry tree but that is where things got a little interesting. As of this morning it it still hangin...
I’ve been away from Lumberjocks for a while now, and I thought I’d better check in with everybody! We seem to have weathered the economic storm, but not unscathed. We came real close to throwing in the towel a few times, and things are still pretty dicey, but business is picking up.We have shifted our focus away from residential work, and are now concentrating on commercial jobs. Residential work is usually a few hundred bucks for persnickity customers, but commercial is usually ...
I am updating the workshop again – I need more space, not just for my self, but I now have another person working with me. This is what the workshop looked like at Christmas 2008. I did some changes in March this year, like moving the dust collection and rearranging the layout in the main part of the workshop, which has already paid benefits, but I cannot get a second work bench into the space. I came up with this proposal, but when the planning guy came, wanted ful...
This week in urban logging #12: It's been awhile since my last report (but I came back with pictures)
I like crotches. I like milling them, I like making things with them. Some one dropped off this “crotchy” elm the other day. The butt log is kinda a big devil. So I cut one off to mill. I was a little bummed because I see 2 hearts, which usually means less figure/ more bark inclusion… I had to trim it abit to get it to fit the mill for width (more on that later) First slab looks decent. 28” wide…not bad for a bandmill that is advertise...
So my dad said we were going to move and I was like ok but then he said that I had to pack up everything like in my shop and let me tell you something it is a big pain in the ass. I had to put like buisness cards around all the tips of all my chisels half of the handplains didnt fit in the tool box so I had to get another one. The other big problem is that half of my power tools like the miter saw and the scroll saw dont have cases so I have to box all them up in cardboard boxes. Then I had ...
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