A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to participate in a 3 day Guitars 4 Vets event. Guitars for Vets is a non profit organization that offers a guitar instruction program for Veterans struggling with physical injuries, PTSD and other emotional distress. G4V provides free guitar instruction, a new acoustic guitar and a guitar accessory kit. You can learn more about them at their website http://www.guitars4vets.org/ This particular event was organized by George Vondriska of the W...
After a rainy and overcast weekend, on this beautiful Monday morning the sun is bright and shining. It looks to be another lovely autumn day here in Nova Scotia. The weather didn't bother me a bit though, as I was focused on doing some 'inside' things and working on some new projects and crossing off those deadlines. It was nice actually to not 'have' to go out anywhere, and I made good use of the time I had. I don't think that I mentioned it here before, but...
I needed a miter saw station and wanted it to be good but simple. I need it to be mobile and have wood storage on the back. This is what I came up with. I can not say enough good stuff about the Best Fence by Fastcap. It is great. thanks for watching. View on YouTube
All right! Last stretch this week. We will have pro picture next week and I will post them for you guys as well of a video of the mechanism in action. But for now! Lets talk about french polish While finishing the fine sanding I have been pushing forward the pore filling and the polishing of the tray so it could be sent to LA for the leather. Then I started with the pore-filling of the all box. The top first with the pore filling of the outside and inside every other da...
It felt so good to be caught up yesterday. That, by no means translates to being 'done' with everything – but it more or less means that I am on a workable schedule. For a while there, I thought I was slipping, with getting things completed just under the wire. While I like to have deadlines to pace myself, there are times that the sneak up faster than I anticipate and I find myself wondering if I will be able to meet them. It can be a slippery slope when I don't leave enoug...
I cleaned up my shop after work today, intent on gluing the plane tote pattern I printed from the Lee Valley website to a scrap of wood to make a permanent pattern, thanks goes to terryR for Shop Log 20. http://lumberjocks.com/terryR/blog/47745 . Unfortunately, my printed pattern was off scale, .9487 to 1. Rather than fiddle with he printer settings and hoping for the best, I figured out the scale and grabbed my old drawing board from the closet in my shop. This decision wrecked my plans...
Welcome October!Our last day of September went out with a bang. It was probably one of my most 'unfavorite' days of the year weather-wise. (Is that even a WORD?) It was very warm and humid, but it was also very rainy and windy which made it difficult to have the windows open without the rain blowing in. YUKKY! I was warm and uncomfortable most of the day. Thank goodness that it seems much cooler this morning. It is still breezy out and overcast (and I believe raining a bit) but nothin...
This past weekend we held our annual wood show which is part of our local harvest festival which consists of many different events held over a four day period .Our wood show went well and the public attendance and interest was overwhelming .We did a raffle for a box that I donated to the local food bank and I delivered the proceeds to the food bank today and had the director of the food bank draw the winning ticket and a seven year old boy was the winner . There will be an overall winner ...
Yesterday I posted about the new Inktense colored pencil set I had purchased. There were several people who wanted to know more about them so since I was cutting wood most of yesterday at the scroll saw, I thought that I would answer some of the questions and talk about them some more here today. The "Inktense" products by Derwent not only come in pencil form, but they also come in pure pigment blocks, which resemble pastel crayons. At first thought, one would think th...
Some girls like shoes. Others like fine jewelry. Still others, fancy clothes. . .While I enjoy those nice things, they are something that I can take or leave. Don't get me wrong – I love having a couple of 'extravagances' such as my Chanel perfume and soap. (After all – I want to smell divine when doing my woodworking and painting! ;) ) But for the most part, I try to keep things simple. Except when it comes to art supplies . . . I can almost hear you guys c...
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