I’ll be the first to admit I bought cheap power tools, so any complaints are just brought on by my financial limitations. That said, I used to have unhappy experiences cutting anything on my bandsaw. It just always cut in the wrong direction. Lately though, I must have either adjusted something just right, or gotten better in my technique using the saw because it’s been working pretty well for me. I’ve been cutting out the parts for a whirligig and I must say it’...
I make a wall shelf for my sons room out of pieces from an old bunk bed. Fun project and satisfying to re use material. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byAL3nPUvFQ&list=UUoiFVDvzJX8tXXF5GsUPc_Q&feature=share
I bought my old Craftsman bandsaw off of Craigslist a sometime ago and it came with a metal stand with some nice retractable wheels. You see it here in an old shop picture. It has done a great job but I was constantly tightening the screws holding it on the stand and when I moved it into place next to my new lathe I soon was tripping over the splayed legs or killing my ankle on the wheel locks. So I finally took some time to get a new stand built for it. the best part is that I...
This has been a perplexing enigma to me for many years! The old-timers would just split it (roughly square) and then square it up with progressively finer Tools… And that works very well, but there’s a lot of time spent doing it!I’ve had a Bandsaw now for over a year, and it’s supposed to have this capability all of its own… With the right kind of set-up…So, in the back of my mind, I’ve been pondering what kind of Sled was needed to do this… ...
Buying Your Last Tool First I acquired my first shop space around 2 years ago. Once I moved into my shop, I began my quest to fill the shop with awesome power tools. This post will discuss the overarching rule I follow when buying my power tools, and some examples of tools I have purchased. My thought process about buying powertools is this: Buy your last tool first!!! What I mean by that is make your first tablesaw, bandsaw, router, jointer, etc the one that you want to be using when y...
I love my Shopsmith|I hate my Shopsmith. It’s a couplet familiar to any owner of that beguiling piece of machinery. When they work, they’re a great tool. When they break, they’re rather annoying. My Shopsmith’s particular failing is in the alignment of its pulley sheaves. They tend to become misaligned at high speed, which is no great issue when I’m using the table saw. But, when I need to slow it down the sheaves don’t mesh and I end up pushing out the thr...
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I was able to get the second entry finished. Chris http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OpwDbfxLFw&list=UUoiFVDvzJX8tXXF5GsUPc_Q&feature=share
I recently turned a series of 30 Cal Bolt Action Pens to be given away as door prizes for an upcoming convention. While I was turning the pens a told me she would like one as well. Here’s the finished pen. This pen is a gold 30 Cal Bolt Action pen with a blue and white Inlace Acrylic body.
Our Blue Knights Motor Cycle Club, BKNVII.org , is hosting the Blue Knights West Coast Conference Convention here in Reno this year. I committed to turning five pens as door prizes. Since the Blue Knights are a Law Enforcement club I decided to use 30 Cal Bolt Action Pen Kits. The Blue Knight colors are blue and white. The pen bodies are different blue and white acrylic blanks. Here at the finished pens.
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