A classic Chuang Tzu tale that explains how human beings actually do what we do, and live how we live, irrespective of modern rationalism’s claim to have captured all human knowledge in theory: Duke Huan was in his hall reading a book. The wheelwright P’ien, who was in the yard below chiseling a wheel, laid down his mallet and chisel, stepped up into the hall, and said to Duke Huan, “This book Your Grace is reading—may I venture to ask whose words are in it?” “The words o...
I am currently visiting the Seattle area for the next few days. I am staying in Maple Valley to be specific. I have some business contacts to make and they are my priority. We will have to make this up as we go along since it is a bit of a spontaneous announcement, but I would like to try and meet some LJ members if possible.
A friend of mine has a little boy who was turning 3 over the weekend. I got it in my head to make something fun for him for his birthday. Mainly because with the holidays here I didn’t really have the cash to buy him anything and a homemade present is always more fun. I subscribe to The scrollsaw workshop blog by Steve Good and he had a fun little pattern for a truck and a car made from construction lumber, so I figured I’d try it out. It took about a week for me to make in ...
Rex Krugman built for theVX-31’s ready room in China Lake….They work with the Coast Guard & Marines- You’ll notice he carved their emblem, too. I don’t know this guy. I’m just sharing some pics of a cool desk that were shared with me.
NORTH POLE – Due to the increasing population of the world and the “Cash for Toys Program”, it has been reported that Santa Claus (AKA Kris Kringle) cannot keep up with the many furniture wishes he has received this year. Santa tells reporters in his yearly press conference that, along with recovery effort, many other factors have contributed to the problem. The popularity of a baseball bed, murphy beds, and a Princess Castle Loft have made his schedule very demanding. ...
finally after weeks of checkin out cabinet saws and arranging the power i have brought my new cabinet saw home !http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2509/4127443907_6ab7d66e17_m.jpg! of course i was devastated to discover that i needed to get to get an electrician to wire on a plug to useit the electrician comes tomorrow so i shall have some fun then Hooky
After the holidays I am going to embark on a project that I have been planing for over a year now. STRIP BUILT CANOE The red cedar was rough sawn this past spring and is stacked in the barn. My accent strip will be Ash and that is what has had me waiting as the Ash was green. We are not canoe people so I decided to build a 1/2 scale and hang it from the rafters in our log home. Any one with experience is welcome to jump in. I did buy Gilpatrick’s book and have read about everything I ca...
Like many woodworkers, you will find roller stands in my shop for extra material support. I do not like the single roller stands, I prefer the stands that provide support with 3 or 4 rollers. This type of roller stand provides a larger surface and better support. The particular set of roller stands that you see here is the Craftsman brand from Sears. They cost about $70 each several years ago. But I am still not satisfied with the performance of roller stands on their own. One of th...
It was time to set the workbench up for hand tool use. We never bothered to drill holes for the bench dogs.I used a forstner bit to drill the dog holes every five inches and in line with the vise.We decided to add a bench stop as well. It it is a simple plywood board attached with knobs. Here Kris routs the 3/8 “slots for the knob bolts.I buy lawn mower knobs which only cost $3 per pair instead of the Rocker price of $6 or so for “jig-it” knobs.The plywood can be raised u...
Final ProjectOur final project for class is to build a 100% hand tools built box / tote.The tote requirements:Through DovetailsRabbeted Bottom Panel glued up from two piecesHandle with through tenons. Practice.I practiced surfacing a rough poplar board and cut my first set of dovetails. Not great, but it was first time. Lumber PrepWe bought an 11’ foot African Mahogany board to build our two totes.We started by halving to share.We then each rough cut two 24” pieces to use as...
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