Mainly setting up jigs and stops..and more jigs. Had a lot of parts to make, and half of them had to look like this, on one end. The trick was how to get them all done…quickly.. This is what I needed to make…times 24. I had 12 short rails that needed a tenon on both ends. This one was done the old, slow way. Needed something a little bit faster, and..have them all match each other. I used the “prototype” to help set a couple stops on the mitre box.. mainly...
A few months ago, a friend and I were milling up a walnut log. Not until I was editing the video did I realize how close we came to a horrible accident. Be safe guys, and don’t get complacent! https://youtu.be/Rv7ZHwptGGc
Ok, spent a bit over 2 hours in the shop today. Since the rails were all ready to go, might as well get them done. Still had the stanley 45 set up, so a lot of this type of work was done.. But, being a Monday, has having a problem with this set up. Not with the plane, but how I was holding the part to be planed….too many screw holes. Decided to address that problem.. Piece of 1×6 scrap, held flush with the top of the bench. Two screws to attach. Now, it doesnR...
After a few other items were taken care of. Got an early wake up call this morning. Seems one of the Shop Cats caught a small Black Bat. She even brought it upstairs to show off her catch….squeaking all the time….of course, the bat got away from her. Finally trapped the little critter under a broom. And with the help of the dust pan to hold the critter, I did a Catch & Release, right out the back door of the house. Last seen, the bat was flying west, as fast as it...
Well spent one hour getting some things caught up….the second corner post was jack planed to remove all the saw marks, and the a Stanely#7c was run around a while..Until it was all flat and smooth. Clamped the new post to the old post, to do a bit of lay out work.. So I could transfer the dados’ locations better While I was down in the shop, and laying out parts.. I tried out the “new” bandsaw jig. Been having troubles doing resaws, so figured this could ...
A bit of woodworking, too. Was at a standstill on moving things around, decided to at least start on the chest of drawers build. I had an old pine 4×4 in the shop. Decided I could resaw it down for a few parts. Trying to get a few 4/4 by 2” wide blanks made up. Once those were resawn, I had to plane them smooth and square, well, at least ONE was done. I also set up a fancy plane, to do a bit of molding work on the now squared up blank… A Stanley No.45, with tha...
A new year has once again dawned on us. So once again it is time to venture into the shop and do a little winter cleaning and prepare for yet another year of projects and experiments. Portable Pastimes (my home based craft business) continues to grow and I look forward to the possible introduction of new products over the course of the year. However before that can happen I have to make room in the shop for my newest addition.. I have upgraded my bandsaw frm the old Craigslist 12...
Ok, not much for a picture today,maybe later on. Need to move and remove a few things in the shop. Can’t do a whole lot over by the Lathe bench. Too much other junk in place. However.. I can empty out, and clean up Tool Chest #1, and have it taken upstairs as a Hope Chest. I can remove a couple power tools from one spot, place them where the plane til is. Then place the power tools where the til used to be. I may have enough room to move the brace til over beside the pla...
I hope everyone had a Festive Christmas, and I wish everyone a very Happy and Prosperous New Year! I didn’t realise quite how long I had been out of the game, until today. I seem to have spent all my time with Medical Specialists. I have had the operation on my right knee, and that is progressing nicely, at least I am no longer walking with a stick. Unfortunately the second spinal block, did not work on my back, so what happens next, I have no idea, and I am also waiting to see if th...
This is to blog a build of a pool cue case, requested by a friend who donated a chunk of old-old American black walnut, supposedly from a 150-year old barn in Oklahoma. Wood was 8/4 about 90”x10” and twisted, bowed, cupped, but we thought maybe salvageable for the cue case. Part 1 of this is the initial milling of the blank just to see if enough material will be left after resaw to 3/8”. Chunk 1 ready for truing up in the planer (no jointer here). Had to cut the orig...
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