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Progress is slow but I just have to keep telling myself how big this project is. My original plan was to finish this in time to put the new TV in it for the Super Bowl (GO STEELERS) but I doubt seriously if that is going to happen. Rushing things usually results in do overs. I spent this past weekend milling maple down to 5/8” for the 4 drawers. They also had to be edge glued since they are 8 inches deep. The plans call for the same joinery used on the case work (tongue and dado) bu...
Okay, more like add vise. Not much doing today. I spent a good 4 hours in the garage, but only got as far as mounting the end vise and the legs. Using the predrilled holes on the legs and a transfer punch allows me to position the holes in the top. I used a block jig to keep the holes lined up. I drilled the hole in the block using the drill press. Next comes mounting the tail vise. I wavered back and forth on this. In the end I decided to just drop it into the end apron. Us...
I decided that it’s time to tackle the knife handle I’ve procrastinated on. We have had a nice kitchen knife for years that really felt good in the hand, held its edge, and sliced very well. However, the handle rotted away and I decided to do my first handle replacement. I had a perfect sized piece of canarywood left over from box construction that will become the new knife handle. One surprise (see picture) was that the knife tang was a lot smaller that I anticipated. The blade top align...
I have finished sanded the spalted ambrosia bowl up to 600 grit and am ready to start putting finish on it. I start the finish process by using an air compressor to blow all the dust from the bowl, then I wipe both the outside and inside down with BLO. The next step is to wipe on a good coat of Mylands high speed friction polish. I like to do the first coat with the lathe turned off and turn the bowl by hand. This allows me to get a good uniform coat on the entire surface. Once...
Jigs are a part of every woodworker’s life it seems, especially for power tool users. However, when you only have hand held power tools, I personally believe they’re absolutely essential. After rough cutting the parts for the bookcase, I came to a sudden realization that I suck and freehand cutting. I already knew I’d suck at rips, hence my purchase of this little beauty: This is the Accu-Rip. It’s apparently put out by Craftsman, though I picked it up at Lo...
Clearly, a company’s name has nothing to do with the quality of its products. Like most manufacturers, a tool company’s name generally falls into two categories: founder names or “named by committee.” Companies named after their founders are common (Stanley, DeWalt, Black & Decker, Bosch etc.). Other companies were likely named by committee with an emphasis on advertising appeal (Craftsman, Powermatic, Steel City etc.). One company name must have started as an inside joke that got out o...
Well, I am finally finishing up Christmas gifts. My wife’s lap desk is drying as I speak. Will post a pic of it tomorrow. Now I am in the planning stages of making a saw blade organizer for my new dado blade set. It looks like i’ll be using the dado set to make it’s holder. (How ironic). Will post pics of that when I am done as well. Santa’s Wokshop is closed for the season. Whew!!! Keep the sawdust flyin
Great comments on the rolling pins fellas. You are right about the lags. They are abit unsightly. Reseacing them and adding a plug would be a good solution, but it would also take more time. Don’t get me wrong I love to sink endless hours into my work like the rest of you but these are sora my mass produced items I make alot of them at a time and I need to keep what I have to charge for them low. I also like that the hardeare is accessible easy without any fuss for deep cleaning onc...
I’ve just added another useful feature to the Pulse based on your feedback to the recent major Pulse upgrade. I admit that showing only unread items by default was not ideal (I’m using Pulse in that mode for a long time you know…). So I decided to add the following two buttons – ALL ITEMS | UNREAD ITEMS: ALL ITEMS option shows unread items as well as all of the items that you’ve read – the gray lines – and is a default one. You can keep using i...
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