During my time in Thailand, 2 more big woodworking events happened for me. First, with the help of Facebook, I met a fellow Lumber Jock named, Mark Gipson. He lives near Bangkok, and we had a great dinner together to get to know each other and talk about woodworking. I also showed him the following amazing photos. I was in wood carvers heaven… These pics were taken at a location where more than 20 expert carvers make the most amazing pieces you could imagine. Also amazing furn...
Well, first off, this is my maiden voyage for blogging. Hope it works. I will basically detail the construction of my router table that is built into the fence rail system of my Ridgid tablesaw. Here goes…...I started by purchasing an 18”x30”x5/8” piece of baltic birch plywood from WoodCraft. I then cut that piece to 15”x27” which fits inside my rails snugly. Next I attached some red oak strips to the outside edges and back with some glue and later s...
Nothing much to report this week. I went on my usual Saturday morning hike, and did come home with 3 sticks: Black Cherry, Red Maple, and Northern Red Oak. I really don’t need any more “common” species; I’m running out of room for drying my sticks. I’m still hoping to stumble across some Sassafrass or Persimmon that has fallen. For some reason, the park management decided to “strip log” along the road that cuts through the middle of the park. They ...
Hey there LJ’s! I haven’t been very active here in a while, life seems to have gotten in the way of my shop time for several months now. However, I haven’t forgotten about this wonderful community and when I saw this great new product from DeWalt I KNEW I had to share it with all my Lumberjock friends. If any of you have this already, let us know how it works! :-) New Nail Gun, made by DeWALTIt can drive a 16-D nail through a 2 X 4 at 200 yards. This makes c...
Updated 1/15/12 How to make an Art Box by Andy Campbell Safety Be safe! Guards, etc…may not be visible in the pictures. This is written for woodworkers of all skill levels.But, please keep in mind that this is not woodworking #101. I am writing this in a step by step manner that should be easy for a beginner to follow, but some basic understanding of tools and terminology is required.I ask that the more advanced woodworkers be patient and not be offended. I don’t wish to test your...
My next big project is to construct a new outdoor shower enclosure at the back of my mother-in-law’s beach house. The current phase is design, which I think I’ve finally finished using Sketchup. I had been struggling with Sketchup until I heard about a web site called http://www.sketchupforwoodworkers.com where there were tutorials specifically for using sketchup for woodworking. That got me hooked and within a week of starting Sketchup I’ve come up with a very complete m...
In the northeast of Thailand I am busy growing my future wood supply. We have 10 rai (about 4 acres in English money) of 3 year old rubber trees. That’s a total of around 1,000 trees. We are growing them for the latex of course but after 20-25 years they no longer produce and can be sold for lumber, I’ll probably keep some of them for myself!Latex cutting starts once the trees reach a certain size, it’s generally between 6 and 7 years. In the meantime we remove the grass aro...
Good evening, everyone! I read, while standing in the magazine aisle at Safeway, an article in a recent Fine Woodworking issue about dust-proofing table saws. While I elected not to follow the author’s rather comprehensive dust-proofing method, I still thought that, on behalf of my lovely bride to be and the kids I’ll one day bounce upon my knee that I ought to improve the dust collection efficiency of my table saw. The table saw itself is a Craftex CT146, which is pretty mu...
Nothing real exciting at this point. Just wanted to have a complete blog on this project. I used the Turnlock System and Circle Jig by Milescraft to cut the arch in the panel. I noticed a nice review was posted by Teenagewoodworker on this jig and plan to my experience and thoughts when I get a chance. The bent laminations fit nicely and the whole thing easily went together, which is a pleasant change from my normal routine. I installed one side of the stays and left the othe...
I have had numerous requests for a how to blog about my dyeing techniques. I use water base aniline dyes. This technique the dye is applied using 20 cent sponge brushes and cheap paper towels. I typically work from the darkest colors to the lightest, creating layers of color. This piece is turned from fiddle back maple. My apologies for not taking a photograph prior to applying any dyes. The first coat is black. I apply the dye liberally inside and out. I then wipe the outside with a...
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