Worked a few random hours the last few days and made pretty good progress. My little brother even got motivated today and whipped out some pretty nice work. We have been working on the tension wheel, headstock, tool rack and hardwood work surface.making of the tension wheel.As in the above pics, the tension wheel is a simple design but should serve the purpose intended (prevent slipping of the drive belt).Headstock. Still have some work to do but the sealed ball bearings and axle are assemble...
On April 10, 2009 my son David and i went to the St Michaels Maritime Museum in St Michaels, MD. It is on the Chesapeake Bay. They have a lighthouse that originally was in the bay but it has been removed. Because of the advances in boat electronics and GPS positioning, lighthouses are becoming obsolete. This is the Hooper Straight Lighthouse that was in the Bay. The only two pictures that I took in the lighthouse were the workbench and a table. This is the lens that is...
On April 10, 2009 my son David and I went to the St Michaels Maritime Museum, in St Michaels MD. It is on the Chesapeake Bay. As part of the conservation effort in the museum they rebuild wooden boats that have fallen in disarray. They rebuild them and may add them to their active collection or rebuild it for an owner. Here is the current boat under restoration. The Caleb W. Jones. When completed it will return to an active boat to dredge oysters in the bay and also educate the public thro...
Finally Spring has sprung! The air is getting warm and the shop isn’t too dang cold to work in any more, but what is keeping me out of the shop? Hobbies! I have been working my tail off at a local park cleaning up after the long winter and years of growth. Add to that that Trout season is now open, and my wife wants me to clean the yard to get ready for my son’s graduation party, and finally I have to get the boat ready for warmer water and Bass season. When am I ever going to ge...
On April 10, 2009 my son David and I went to the St Michaels Maritime Museum which is on the Chesapeake Bay. In their Boat shop they have an apprentice program where you build a boat on Sat and Sundays. As many people that show up work on the boat. It may take a period of months to finish the boat. You don’t have to go every day in the weekend or every week. The Museum web site. The Apprentice program. Notice the price on the completed boats. The current boat under const...
Really starts to look like a bench tonight. I did the dry fit on the long stretchers Then I drilled out the drawboring holes. Did my initial marking out. I also twisted a pencil in the dot, to make sure I could see it well later. I caught one shoulder not as tight as it should be! Time to pare a little bit. And a final full dry fit to check everything is square. Since I had the top flipped over, I lined it up to see what i might look like. Upside down ...
Piece if the week showcase #2: Forgot to post this yesterday! 3rd Piece of the week Category submission
In honor of warmer weather (or the hope that it’s coming soon), we have decided that Wednesday’s piece(s) will be under the category: Your Personal Favorite Outdoor Piece! So please send your pictures with a brief description about the piece (inspiration, dimensions, finish, etc) to me. We actually don’t have any pictures of outdoor pieces at this point, so for this week we are starting from a blank slate, and YES you may enter the showcase more than once! Send your en...
WHAT'S UP? "While I'm out in my Shop". #5: Slatwall storage system, homemade, switching from Pegboard.
I started on this shop building project shortly after I retired. I’d like to show you what I’ve accomplished so far. My garage measures 20 X 24 feet, & I wanted to partition out a shop area.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In order to have a shop 8 feet wide, I had to resize my garage door from 12’ to 9 ‘ Notice the car hiding under a warm blanket of snow. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This...
I’m still waiting for a part for the table saw, so in the meantime I did another little project. It’s made of wood, so I think it fits here. ;) This summer I plan on getting a little Hahn’s macaw. They have the personality of a large macaw in a little tiny package. They are good talkers, and have the sweetest talking voice. For the past year I’ve been stocking up on bird supplies and one of the things I wanted was a hanging bird gym. I could buy one for about 60 buc...
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