This morning I attended the Woodworking Show in Atlanta, and it was very exciting to say the least. Everyone there seemed to be a master in their craft, showing love for one another based on their creative, yet practical common ground. There was so much to learn there, from the rustic elegance of Veritas Tools to the electronic precision of SawStop. Through the smell of saw dust and the hum of the vendors’ PA systems, I found inspiration. Recently I have been gathering the components...
Ok, spent last night and this morning tuning the saw. The nice thing about this saw is that everything I can think of that might need adjusting is fairly easily adjusted. I followed the instructions on Rikon’s site and was able to adjust the lower wheel so the blade now runs on the center of the tire. This involved loosening and tightening the bolts that hold in the prescribed fashion. I over compensated a little bit on the first try but hit it dead on the second. I was able t...
In our last episode…the desk unit came together nicely. Now for the dresser unit… The dresser unit, like the desk unit has to be built in “mirror image” from it’s design from the first bed. The dresser features three drawers that are 28”Wx7”Hx22”D. I’m putting full-extension drawer slides on the drawers, to give easy access all the way to the back of the drawers. A feature of the dresser that I really like in this design is th...
It was a thursday morning just another day carving at our local carving chapter meeting. In walks a nice elderly gent that had a box of Thompson sub maching gun stocks that never made it to use. They were stored for years, he knew of the carvers and decided to donate them to the club as test projects for us less talented carvers like myself. I inspire to become a great carver someday Dennis Z. in my opinion is truely a great carver.So I decided to take two of them although I was urged to take...
I’m not certain but what this should be separate but any way… Before I joined us I thought that workbenches, real workbenches were limited to professional cabinet makes, magazine editors, and hand tool advocates. Having now been exposed to a much wider school of thought I have come to realize that this is not the case and that I too was in need of something of this nature. ( I got tired of moving everything off the table saw every time I needed to make a cut.) I ‘ve spent se...
Alaska Jim's Comments of the Day #11: Some progress on the sled, finished up my "bicyclic panel trolley".
I have been busy in the shop this weekend, and during the week for that matter. Made a workshop antic (defined as making something to prove you could do it when it would be smarter to buy it) which is a panel handler, best describe as a bicyclic trolley. Hmmmmmmmm, that should probably be copyrighted. Also have started on my sled. You know, the HisAndHersDoubleSurfboard size thing I have illustrated before in Sketchup. Sherie is out doing some quilting thing tonight, and Kermit and I (Kerm...
Henry’s head was still throbbing from ringing in the New Year. He looked at his calendar, a present from his brother in Manhattan, a New York Giants fan of all things. The calendar had a team picture of The World Series Champion Giants, who swept the Cleveland Indians in 4 games. It was galling for him to look at and he mumbled to himself, “At least the damn Yankees didn’t win their 6th in a row.” For though Henry didn’t care for the Giants, the previous two years had seen his beloved...
Here are the 20 pen blanks that will be listed for auction. Most are large or jumbo size. Some super nice woods. Starting from top right top to bottom. Super highly figured Maple, quarter-sawn Sycamore, Lace Redwood burl, quarter-sawn fiddleback Live Oak, Figured Red Eucalyptus, English Walnut, Highly figured Claro Walnut sap wood, Figured Claro Walnut, Claro Walnut burl and crazy figured old growth Redwood.
Well this is my first blog and I am going to take a chance and try to upload an image of my new cherry dining room table from flickr and see how it goes. This project is just getting started really…I began the thought of this last year in December when we sold our house. The guy who was going to buy the house wanted a bunch of our furniture so we negotiated that into the deal. Well that deal fell through. I had already purchased the extension mechanism to build a dining room table...
Well with all the rain days and other projects I finally got some sunshine and time to apply the patina. It only takes about 15 minutes once you have the right setup. Like most things I’m learning that less is more. Less pre-heat, less chemical, and less flame. I held the torch a couple feet back from the copper and let the chemical set a few seconds before applying some more heat/flame; again staying back a couple of feet and moving the torch. The panel sat in the sun for about an...
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