Bonjourno y’all !!!!. It’s been a couple of weeks since my last blog and there has been some progress in the garage/wood metropolis. I have cleared out half of the collectables (junk) and have been slightly distracted in a good way. I bought a benchtop style table saw based upon space and budget and have spent the last few days setting it up. It’s a long way from a ‘grown up’ table saw but it’s all mine. All mine I tell ya! :o) I carefully unpacked it...
I am building redwood gates with floating, half lap rabbit overlaps in the vertical slats within dado slots in a rigid frame (glued) in Northern California where we get a significant change in humiditiy from dry summer & fall to wet winter. How deep do I need to make the rabbits in the vertical slats to compensate for swell from wet to dry seasons to prevent splitting the rigid gate frame? MT
I have no idea if “epiphany” is spelled correctly. But oh well. Any who——tonight I got home from quite a long week of work and very few good hours at home at night. Tonight is my night. I’ve locked the dog inside so she can’t bring in any more visitors. Turned off the tv after the news and dinner, started the wash and went to the shop. My nice, quiet shop and started to work on a few projects. One project ambition I have is to make those certain ̶...
Converting a horse barn into a woodworking shop #2: Turning doors into windows and enlarging windows
Well, sorry I haven’t posted anything in a while. Had company for three weeks, so things are a bit behind schedule. I decided to go with the forced air heating system. Saving almost $2,000 and not having to add to my to-do list were irresistable! Oh the joys of dealing with someone else’s idea of “that’s OK, it’s just a barn” construction techniques! I framed in the one door I am closing off (it will be behind my wood storage area). When I went to ...
WAHOO! I got it!- I think. I figured out how to post photos in the blog so let’s give it a spin. You’re probably anxiously waiting for the “secrets” of how I perform this or that woodworking task. Well you’ll have to wait for that. Believe it or not woodworking has to take a back seat to some other things in life that are definitely more important. Here is a look at something really beautiful – my family. That is my wife Rita and the grandkids (...
Well, we were finally cleared to come home today. We are tired, dirty, and even a little apprehensive, but we will sleep in our own beds tonight. There are tree limbs scattered about, and one live oak tree blew over. The smell of burnt wildlands is everywhere, and the National Guard is camped across the street for security. A few notes from the experience: The volunteers from the American Red Cross are the sweetest, most caring, generous, compassionate people I have ever met. They...
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Building ‘stuff’ has always been in my blood. Whether it was a small project that I probably could have bought something for cheaper, or the undertaking of building a shed with no prior framing or construction experience. I’ve always had a drive to construct, build, assemble, and create. It started when I was just a kid. I remember when my best friend and I would sit for hours trying to build some new contraption that we deemed necessary for that days activities. We e...
This is a plan that I found early on in the year and is really what has finally pushed me into doing something with the dusty old tools that I have setting around. I found it by chance on a website and promptly printed a copy of the plans. I’m not too up on copyrights and such, but if you google it as 19830EZ you should be able to find it as a PDF file. Quick back-step: My wife and I are of the belief that there are far too many gifts that are given out impersonally that fall apar...
Well, it’s looking like my parents should be able to return home tomorrow. They were hoping for today, but it’s sounding like that probably won’t happen. There’s still a few hot spots in the canyon behind their house and they’re concerned about it coming back up again like it did last time. My dad is going to drive up to the house later today and check things out. If the smoke is down enough and the area looks safe then they might be able to return today, but ...
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