Me and my dad have butted heads more times then I can count.. We.. uhmm.. He is just that way! Of course my wife say’s we are just alike that’s why we can’t get along sometimes.. I wont’ accept that reason….. well….(Please don’t tell her she’s right!). As I posted in my newbie post my great grandfather Peter Heinen was a woodworker by trade in the small town of Evansville, IL. He lived a very full life living to over 100yrs old! I have been s...
Why make dowels when you can buy them cheap? Well, you can’t buy dowels in every kind of wood. Also you might be working on a project and you don’t want to take the time to go to the store to get them, or maybe you like to be self sufficient like me. Dowels made on a lathe or with a router jig take a lot of set-up time. With this method you only have to prepare the stock, do a little carving on each end and in about 30 seconds you have a nice long dowel. If you like that idea a...
I started this project about 12 weeks ago. I had read alot of pro’s and con’s regarding a drill press table, and finally decided I wanted one. I have a 16 Speed Tradesman floor stand drill press. It has a 12 X 12 rectangular table, but it is strictly a machinists type table. I wanted something larger for wood working purposes and also something that was wood friendly. So here is what I decided to build. I built the base out of MDF. The reason being, I am going to test it out fo...
It’s been 4 weeks since the pipe burst and everything is getting back to normal. For those wondering about insurance in this case here is how my insurance company is handling it. They had a third party compnay come in to inventory all the damaged possesions and present a list to the insurance company. They then asked me to put a cost next to each item as well as the date it was purchased. Many of my tools were gifts or hand me downs so that was very difficult to do. In the end I just...
I want to thank everyone for their respective welcome messages. This is my first post so I want to give a little more primary information about me and my shop. I’m literally starting over and am glad I have found this site to be able to share my progress with and entertain your comments and suggestions along the way. It has been over ten years since the “Ex” kept all the good stuff and i relocated. All is forgiven, as it’s just stuff, and the love of my life now sa...
I have limited amount of space at the moment, and I’m also poaching some real estate in the shared garage with my landlord for the wood working toys. It’s sort of damp, cramped, and a bit of a nightmare. I couldn’t realistically expect that things wouldn’t get stolen out of there either. That meant that it didn’t make a lot of sense to save up a ton of money and invest in the nicest largest tools that I would never want to part with. I would like to someday ha...
This morning I cleaned one of my table saw blades, so I decided to write a little blog about it. For any of you who don’t have a favorite blade cleaner – and for those who want to try something different, here’s a suggestion. The product I’ve used for years is “Lestoil Grease & Stain Remover” (a product of the Clorox Company). Some of you old-timers like me may remember their advertising jingle from years ago – “It’s so easy when ...
I’m headed to Fredericksburg for the show this weekend and I’m wondering if any Lumberjocks will be making the trip? It’s always tons of fun meeting fellow Lumberjocks at the shows. If in doubt, ask any that I’ve met over the last couple of years. Ok, so it’s fun for me…they’ll have to tell you if it’s been fun for them.
I am having problems in my shop, and I need your help. I am going to buy some new clamps, I like the Jet clamps. My problem is what sizes to get, i am getting into some cabinet and furniture. I am in need of some advice, please help. Thanks
Ok, so my last post was a little dramatic. I’m sorry. I had done some work on my workbench and I was blaming my tools and society for the poor job I was doing. I am still a little young and hotheaded (oh sure, like you weren’t) and getting started with woodworking has been very overwhelming for me. For some reason I expected to create a masterpiece right out of the gate. I expected to be able to spend a couple of dollars on basic tools and begin pumping out the designs I had in my...
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