What I really like to do when not generating sawdust is designing simple production fixtures and building machinery from salvage. In the past I’ve built two 6”X 89” edge sanders, a 6” X 186” stroke sander, and quite a few X-Y box joint and/or dovetail fixtures. But, these days, my shop is clean and I don’t have my big stash of electro-mechanical components anymore, so I have to source things out as I need them. In the US, a great source for this stuff...
Hi All!I only intended to just let you all know that I would be out of contact for a while although I am able to get internet access, I usually would never do anything other than checking my email. First I should thank all of you for your prayers and thoughts. One thing I did not mention before, was that my wife is with me, as she is a SARTEC2 as well and we are both part of the same urban search and rescue team. I kind of feel bad after the reaction from all of you that I did not inclu...
I have only ever dealt with smallish pieces of already dried Saligna, and my current slabbing operation is teaching me a few things.First – Fresh-cut Eucalyptus is HARD. It took us about 30-40 minutes to cut each of the approximately 3m slabs.Second – Fresh-cut Eucalyptus dulls chainsaw blades quite quickly. I was getting less than 2 slabs per sharpening. That’s ridiculous - I slabbed the whole Yellowwood trunk without needing to sharpen the chain even once.Third – S...
Yesterday, just for interest, I measured the trunk sections that were given to me for milling. These 7 pieces of tree trunk total a touch over 17 metres..The smallest diameter is at the tailgate and is 175mm (7”) and the largest trunk diameter (in the foreground) excluding the sections that stick out from branches is 630mm (25”). Sections of chopped off branches protrude up to 300mm from the main trunk, and are giving me a few issues as my Alaskan can only handle 600mm wide cu...
Just when you think you have seen a lot of different woodworking projects: Amazing Wooden Robotic Arm http://www.wimp.com/roboticarm/
How is it that I love Woodworking and I love Photography, but I can’t bring myself to put the two together yet? But anytime I get one of my pieces mounted and framed I always choose a black frame. Whether is is metal or wood I always go with black. Maybe I haven’t taken that appropriate picture yet.
This is so stolen from Geoffrey Noden of the AdjustABench. He demo’ed this at the Wood Show and Karson blogged about it. I thought it was pretty cool, and since it is not on the market yet, I thought I would make my own. Not sure what I was doing, I made what looks like a paper cutter. The arm rides between two longer sides to keep it stable and square. It is about two feet long. The cutter bar is hinged with a bolt so that it is level when it is 3/4 of an inch above the base. This let...
Today I put on my new Kreg band saw fence. It bolted up to the table with no problems. It works great. I also bought the resaw guide, but didn’t have a chance to use it. I did put it on the fence. I also made a quick clamp rack for the new clamps my son bought. They were annoying me on the bench where he left them. I really like the Kreg fence it is very well made.
A wet and rainy day gave me the perfect excuse to get out and work on the chair. I’ve reached the crucial step in assembly, which is to install the bracket, arms, and upper cross-piece. These pieces need to be installed with care to get the proper proportions for the back slats. So here we go. First, I installed the brackets which are used to support the arms. The top gets an 1 5/8” stainless screw, and you have to be careful with the bottom screw. There’s not a lo...
I’ve been thinking lately about benches, as the lady wants one for the back entryway for our house. The initial concept was to build a large organizer-style bench complete with coat-hooks, storage under the seat, storage above the coat-hooks, etc. But she’s not too big on having something very large in that space, so we’ve decided that the best thing would be to have a very simple, vintage-looking bench and a separate matching hanger board attached to the wall. She show...
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