I had thought that I would be able to take a day off today and do some things that aren’t work-related, but after an email from my editor at Creative Woodworks and Crafts, I realized that it wasn’t going to happen. I had mixed up my schedule for what is going to be published, and I need to have my next project in the mail by Monday so it can make it to the magazine offices on time. Why did I think that I would have another week? I don’t mind though, because fortunately I...
We finally got our site updated yesterday. I say that with just a touch of exasperation because it seems like getting to this point took much, much longer than it should. It hasn’t been because I wasn’t working – as a matter of fact, I don’t think I have had a minute to ‘goof off’ in over a week! I think it was more that there has just been a lot of things going on and there have been many tasks that take time and needed my attention. It’s all p...
Ramblings of a Middle Aged Furniture Maker #3: In the words of the late great John Wayne, "Fill your hands you Sonofabitch"
Who would have EVER thought…one of our LumberJock brethren has wronged me! You know,since I made 8 or so posts here and we’re all so tight, know each other so well…I mean, I’d even have helped him move if called upon! Why am I so upset you ask? Well, I’ll just tell you but first a little backstory. In the last few weeks I’ve ran up on a deal on a Unisaw that I just had to have to replace one of my smaller saws. Shortly after that purchase, I found a good p...
....................Surreal? Real? To those of you who are too closely following my blerg , you can see substantial finality in mymodifications to this $ 15 find from CL . Did some cutting and rearrangement as you cansee on the bottom; got rid of that’ Bi-Plane’ look and changed the doors. So my surreal cabinet is complete . How does it look ? Surreal ? Thanks…........that’s what I was hoping you would say ...................... I’ m going to go have a Hamb...
Here is the new installment on our videos on Hide Glue. Many have asked us how they could save there Hot Hide Glue when they are not using it. Not like Old Brown Glue, Hot Hide Glue will rot in days if not cooked or frozen. It is not advised to freeze the all glue pot, so we usually dry the glue if we have to much In this case, we had taught classes for 2 weeks at the American School of French Marquetry and had 2 glue pots on the hot plates. The class finished, we were back at the works...
I hope this blog is read and shown to as many Army veterans as you can who were stationed at Fort Knox during the 1940,s through the time the wooden barracks were in use. What a memorable time this was. As a kid in the late 50’s I sold newspapers to the GI’s in these very same barracks. This is not an add to sell any thing.This is a story about many things including white oak and our history using it in WWII barracks. As you will see in my project I have the honor of making the wh...
I am off to a late start this morning so I will keep this short. It wasn’t that I slept in or anything like that, but I was going through my mail and reading and surfing the web and learning new things. I do that every morning before I come here to write. This morning I seemed to find more interesting and useful information than usual. While there is usually one or two crumbs that are particularly of interest to me, it seems today that I got lost in the trails of information that I...
I will be the first to admit that I have been a little down the last couple months. I knew what I needed to do to get back up and running, but it has been lacking in heart some. I compare it to when I lost my dad. He was my best friend. It took a couple months to get my head focused after his passing. The first few days is paperwork and meeting people. Busy work. Then I was alone again. Yes I had my LJ friends (who have been nothing short of awesome), my regular job and family. But my pla...
Ramblings of a Middle Aged Furniture Maker #1: It all started with a borrowed jigsaw in Daddy's back yard
First I must set the stage for my story. Two 11 year old boys who would live at the sawmill or in the logging woods if it were not for the slew foxes and the mad rabies infested mud turtles that only prowl around after dark in this part of the south. At least that is what old man Crowse would tell us when he caught us rambling around his barn after dark. Some folks said he made moonshine but I never did find any reason to believe that a seventy three year old man who never worked a day in his...
The majority of the day yesterday was spent organizing. I know that isn’t much fun to write about but so many times I am asked how I stay so organized and I want you all to understand that it doesn’t just ‘happen’ and it takes a lot of time to keep things in order. While some are able to work and function even when things are in disarray, I find that it stifles me and I cannot be very productive. I finished doing all the number crunching for my taxes and feel a hu...
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