Tim, the website is great! I’ve given it out to friends and family and they were very impressed. You’ll be hearing from me in the future…
One of the machines on my wish list for my work shop was a jointer. I had a planer and wanted a big jointer to be able to save money on rough boards and to be able to mill to any size I needed fro my projects. The 8” jointers I was interested in were all thousands of dollars, way beyond my means. I started to research older cast iron machines and went searching for one I could restore.I bought a 1950, Northfield 8 inch jointer on the “bay” for $800. The machine was just past...
Well, I’ve been wood and LumberJocks deprived for the last month or two. I’ve been in the shop for hours a day, but it’s not been my own (which has been kind of weird, messing with someone else’s tools). I’ve owned this old tractor for about a decade. It’s a 1955 International Harvester Farmall 200. My Father and Grandfather owned it before me. It’s been in our family for about 50 years or so. My Grandfather farmed with it, and we’ve use...
Can someone help with information or experiences on repairing my old Rockwell 12 RAS? (Ser# KU2439). I purchased the saw from the state government surplus warehouse. I have not started to repair it yet. I thought someone might have already repaired one and have some advice on where to start, where to find manuals, and what to problems to look for. The saw is mechanically sound, motor is can be turned easily by hand and the bearings feel fine, but the motor does not seem to get any powe...
OK – so I’m finally getting back to doing things. Small stuff mostly and easy things. So I’m thinking of making a cutting board for my sister-in-law. A board for cutting bread. She makes the best homemade bread!! Anyway – this is what I’m trying to do. I’m having trouble getting the colors right. The whole idea of doing a SU picture is to see if what you want to do will look good, etc. I want to change a couple of the components to a walnut col...
Here’s what I’ve just got, Now what? I’m going to build the base on casters and cabinet style with dimensional lumber (to match all the other tables in the shop). What I want to know from the Lumberjocks who can assist is: How high would you have the top surface from the ground. Currently my top is 36 by 36. What size would you do yours? My thoughts are that maybe centering the router on such a large surface would make , leaning over the bit a bit awkward. Any th...
Finally got a table saw and thickness planer, and had to use them. Spent one whole day one assembly and setup of the two, then went to the Borg for lumber. Got some nice Poplar and a decent sheet of 1/2” ply. Then I set to work. Rough cross cut, joint, edge joint, thickness plane, rip, edge glue, thickness plane, edge joint, rip to final width, cross cut to length. Hand cut mortise and tenons. Hand cut dovetails. Fit, refit. Rout stopped dadoes for bottom. Cut curve and slot f...
A few years ago, I started to think about building myself a real workbench. I had read Krenovs books and wanted to get away from corded apprentices and start to really see what I could do with out a machine screaming.The decision was made to built a Cabinetmakers Workbench. I wanted a bench to do handwork only on, no machines would ever come near this bench. I have my old bench to run routers on etc. I had a few hundred board feet of white oak in the shop that I bought a few years ago. I jus...
The posting rules say “write about your woodworking journey in a casual or tutorial format; whether it is a project in process, inspiration or a challenge”.I’m gonna go for the “casual” thing.My thought for the day… I’m not sure woodworking really suits my temperament, which is part of the reason I do it.I used to write software for a living, and whilst it might take 6 months to bring a product to market (after all the “lying in the bath star...
About a week ago my wife surprised me with the offer to hire someone to finish installing the ceiling in my shop…I don’t seem to ever have enough time to get in there and do it and I was finding it difficult to do singlehandedly. Well Jenn hired a fellow two days ago and he expressed an interest in having some of the benches and big tools moved before he started. Jenn and I discussed this over the phone and I said I’d be able to move things around this weekend. Jenn passe...
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