Remember that haul last week of fig logs? I used the new dolly to move them around back: Here’s the load by the light of day: Exactly one week later, running home on my lunch break, I found ANOTHER PILE of them in the same spot, from the same tree likely. Of course, I had to back up, pull over, and load those in, too :) Pretty big! This rooty section had wood chunks that didn’t match. I think they’re Douglas fir, from a fence or garden somethi...
How many fun Blog readers will I get? The clever pun in the title should really draw you readers in. I am loosing my Administration job in 2 weeks and I continue the search. I hope to teach woodshop again in the fall, but have been out of the shop for 5 years. I need ideas, helps, plans etc. I will try to sign up for a refresher course at the local community college, but the biggest challenge will be trying to reach the kids. A High School student is never an easy thing to tame. Any good thi...
If you recall the enormous gum tree logs I rescued recently, you might have wondered how I was going to move them all. Crushing manly strength alone? Nah, I was still pretty shot after lifting them into the truck in the first place. I slapped together a dolly out of scrap 2×4s (left over from the log rack shelves) with deck screws and some pocket holes (and screws), and a pair of rubber wheels and matching axle bolts that I ended up not needing for another project about a month back. ...
Well fellow LJ’s this project is beginning to take shape. Last night I glued up the frames and fitted the top. I realised I had enough lumber to make a shelf. So I quickly designed a shelf that could be added after glue up. The instructor had a Kreg Jig® Master System so I took advantage of it to learn a new skill. After a few test piece I managed to drill holes to secure the shelf after glue up. I want to cut three slots in the centre piece to add visual interest to th...
For the doors, I had a look through my stock piles, and this board, a 1/4”x8”x4’ tulip poplar plank – picked up at Home Depot months ago simply because it was so unusually pretty – really spoke to me. The picture makes things a lot more yellow than they are in real life. It’s loaded with purples (which will probably fade in time to brown), browns, greens, yellows, and lots of gradients. From those dimensions, I built a Sketchup model of the doors ove...
I got the last 2 of the 5 sections built last week, sans the corrugated roofing. Here’s how I did it, at warp speed: This marked the first use of my new truck, for 2×4s and small ply panels from Home Depot. What a joy! As an aside, when I cut this particular 2×4 to length… ...I made a new friend. I think it’s a fat bird. As another side, whenever I stack up cut 2×4s like this, I get a terrific urge to build a deck, or workbench: ...
I’ve started on a king size murphy bed. King is not one of the “standard” sizes. As in standard I mean there is no plans for this size. One of the problems with the king is the weight. Most of my murphy beds are perfectly counter-balanced. To help gain mechanical leverage I moved the position of the piston mounting plates. I could only move it 5/8” back. That may not seem like much but when the original distance of the pistons are 7 ½” from the pivot point, that’s about an 8% increas...
This is also a little bit of fun for anyone who wants to be involved..Here are a few pics of me… earlier than LJ’s.Me as a Recruit.Me as an Officer Candidate in the RAN.In the Snake Temple in Penang.In Hong Kong .,. on Victoria Peak over looking Hong Kong Harbor over to KowLoonMe now
Time to chop the pins for the dovetails. The key for me is making lots of marks on my pieces so I don’t screw up (much). The top is 1/2” narrower than the sides to allow for the back boards to be nailed to the edge of the top. And since the top’s tails are hand cut, they have all the variations that go along with hand cut dovetails (especially mine). So important to mark the front edge and left and right edges. Now get creative with the clamping so the top board w...
This turned box is the next step in my rings of things series. This is a project in progress and will soon have a story. I just thought I’d share what I’m up to. Thanks for looking.
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