So I’ve been planning on getting a bandsaw for a long time, but at first I didn’t have the space for it – then I figured, maybe I can squeeze a 12” version in the tight space that I did have – but that would mean I will not be able to resaw – which is one of the main reasons I wanted to get a bandsaw, so eventually I just had to put this wish on the back-burner… I had recently moved to a larger place, with a larger garage that is currently dedicate...
I have a suggestion from one of my senior’s in my classes, also a LJ (tooldads_apprentice), to post podcasts of safety lessons as we do them during class on LJ. This would allow students to review or makeup safety packets if they were absent during demos. I thought great idea and am going to take it a little further. I am going to enlist the aide of our video production class to help produce the videos. Look out Wood Whisperer!. Episodes will include, hopefully, 1-General Shop Sa...
I glued a sacrificial block onto a chunk of Mahagony I found in my storage unit the day before yesterday. Last night I broke out the turning tools after cobbling together a temporary lathe stand… I actually used my miter stand: One thing I found, was that I want to lower the lathe a couple more inches, II will need to get shorter bolts, which will help, I wound up putting the 2×8 I bolted the lathe to on top of two 2×4’s, which really raised things up higher than ...
I was having a lot of trouble with resawing on the bs. After reading all the raves on this site about the wood slicer, I made the plunge and purchased one. Link Luckily, I happened to pick up a copy of FWW #189 in the past few weeks and followed the instructions line by line. Link Now, for a seasoned pro this might not be a big deal, but for someone like me just starting out after experiencing a LOT of frustration simply trying to resaw in a straight line this was like a revelati...
A while ago someone requested a blog on the construction of my toys. I’ll start by warning you that writing composition is not one of my strong suits. Also I build everything from plans even if I have to draw my own. This project was actually started 6 months ago, then other higher priority projects or life got in the way. It is now complete and will be posted once all the blog parts are posted.I’ll try for one a day.TIME: I often get asked “How many hours did it take?”I believe a hobby is so...
For all of my new (at this point in time anyway) LJ friends, I thought I would take a couple of minutes and go over how I got started in woodworking and where I hope to ‘go’ on this crazy journey called a woodshop. My woodworking hobby got its start a Long time ago on a small farm down in Drumore PA when I was around 13 . My cousin Lewis had a wonderfully equipped shop, with everything from a tablesaw to a metal lathe, he did it all in there. I got to use his bandsaw and sandin...
I distinctly remember a little over a year ago thinking to myself “If only I had a table saw, I could do anything I needed to do!” How naive I was. After picking up a cheap saw and struggling for a year with it, I am just now getting to where I can make some really great cuts with it. This was after, though, building a huge sled twice the size of the saw’s table and making other small adjustments as I went and countless other one time use jigs for certain cuts. All of th...
Previously, I wrote about the merits of using rough stock in your woodworking. In that post I discussed the benefits offered to every woodworker through milling your own boards from rough to ready. What I did not cover is how to go about preparing rough stock for use on a project. In a new post on my blog, I focus on the first steps in the process and discuss how I typically approach them, and why. Take a look and let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!
The logs have slowly trickled in…until this morning, I scored nicely. I have not seen this guy the last couple weeks. He has been bringing me a load once a week, he brought a nice one today . 25 logs 8’-14’ long. The smallest was a cherry just over 12”, most in the 18”-24” range. Cherry, walnut, hickory, red oak, white oak, honeylocust and hard maple. These should keep me out of trouble for a couple days . The walnut is iffy (crooked) the oaks and hickory a...
Set number two: I really like that t-rex. Also put together a couple of dragons: And my little dragon took right to them. I’m going to re-design the red dragon so the wings come off the body like the t-rex legs, I think that will give it more pop. The dragons are painted with milk based paints and the dinos are finished with salad bowl finish.
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