So I sprained my foot last week, and my doctor has told me that I need to keep off it as much as possible and keep it elevated as much as possible. I can still sort of scroll, but I look a little funny with a pillow under my bench resting my foot, so I decided to look though my photos to see if I had anything I could blog about.I ran across some photos of a How-to make a patchwork necklace that I had thought about doing once. So instead of actually building something today, I will teach the w...
I am working on a project commission that involves some new things I am trying, so thought others might enjoy the journey. The customer wanted a small cross to go in a pastor’s study, but wanted something somewhat contemporary/artistic. First step was to submit several ideas in rough sketch form. http://www.flickr.com/photos/61707624@N00/5199768189/in/set-72157625449931604/! Second step was to refine a drawing based on the one the client preferred. http://www.flickr.com/phot...
I so enjoyed putting together this little preview of my latest video, I just HAD to share…mostly because the music is so darn catchy! I dare your toes to NOT start tapping… you’ll see… I hope you all enjoy the clip…and thanks for watching. Video>
When it comes to building boats, I guess after 30 years of it I am a professional, but as a hobby woodworker I’m pretty new. Boatbuilding has given me lots of skills and abilities with tools but the scale of projects and the individual manual skills required to make small cabinets and art furniture are totally different. I am a real beginner at this stuff and am having a ball trying to learn everything at once. I retired five and a half years ago, following which my wife and I rebuilt o...
“I will see it when I believe it.” Dr. Wayne Dyer…Motivational author and speaker (1940 – ) There are many times while in the shop working on wood projects that we find a need of various woodworking jigs and then at times we also will have a need for an assortment of saw accessories. Sometimes we need to make a shop accessory while in the middle of our project and then again there are instances when our project is actually the building of a shop accessory. In eith...
I needed a larger table for my 14 inch band saw. So I looked up a 16×36 inch piece of 10 gauge aluminum from my stock pile. This is what I came up with. The finished size is 16×26. This morning my neighbor, Mike, came over and wanted to use my saw. He had some 8/4 oak to radius the corners on. Just as we were really getting started, the mail ran and here was my new Wood slicer. We finished the cutting with the HD cheapy blade and got him back to work. Now th swap out the blade...
Something that I’ve always wanted to do is make a musical instrument.I would alo like to be able like to play the instrument that I make.My final inspiration came from seeing Jon’s wonderful Dulcimer. It to me looked absolutely wonderful and a perfect Dulcimer.Next step was to find out more about them.I on;y learned ho to pronounce the name after Jon & Gordon (two of my Jolly Rouges) said it half a dozen times.Although the Appalachian dulcimer appeared in regions domina...
“And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” ...Nelson Mandela, first black president of South Africa & Nobel Prize recipient .(1918- ) The idea of the tilting bandsaw miter sled came to me while working on creating a variety of wood inlay banding patterns for various wood projects to be built. Sometimes my choice is to cut inlay segments by using the dedicated miter sled for the table saw and for those operations the ...
Well, the day came and my new Grizzly G0555X bandsaw arrived along with the moblie base and riser kit. Here, I’ll talk about how I single handedly assembled both the mobile base to fit the stand and the riser kit. My hope that whatever little inspirations I had may help someone else down the road. Let’s start with the mobile base (32 bolts and all make it quite time consuming)Here you have your choice of bolt up through the casters and nut on top or bolt on top. Personally, ...
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. Charles Darwin…(1809 -1948) English Naturalist Sometimes as woodworkers we face a variety of situations that require some versatility and a little thought. This occurred to me one day while making wood inlay bandings in the woodworking shop. There are times that I feel quite comfortable making crosscuts on the 10 inch table saw using one of my cross cut sleds. Howe...
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