So when we bought this house 14 years ago, the idea was that the large shed out back (I call it the barn) would be a place for projects to occur. It’s situated on the back end of our property and is quite large. The enclosed area is about 12’x20’ with a tin roof and two overhangs on either side that are about 8’x20’, so lots of dry storage for sure. Well, as we are all probably way too aware of, time creeps up on you, the kids come along, jobs change, and all ...
Isn’t funny how some smells remind you of things from your past. As it turns out the scent of red elm reminds me of my late Great Uncles Barn. He owned the family farm that dated back to the 1800s and it had the original barn until just about 15 years ago. As a boy my cousin and I would play in the lofts and at the time I didn’t know it but that wood it was made of must have been elm because when I cut this red elm it reminded me of that old barn. Enough of that! I was able to put seven hour...
At the beginning of August, with the discovery of mold in my kitchen, I began building new countertops. The wood for this work all came from my inlaws barnwood. After getting the countertops glued up, I was interupted by life (teaching, UPS, kids, divorce, and more). Where I left off, I had just gotten the sections back from a local cabinetshop where it was run through a drum sander….. Well, FOUR MONTHS LATER, what a thrill to get back into the shop three days ago. I am tryi...
This workbench project, for me, has been a long time coming. Well, long as in a couple of years anyways. It kinda began when I finally realized that the piece of plywood on two saw horses wasn’t quite cutting it as a woodworking bench. The mdf top on two collapsible metal legs wasn’t much better, and althought its been my main work, assembly, and glue up table for the past two years, the granite top of my table saw is far from an ideal workbench either. So, slowly, I began accumil...
So today I managed to pick upWhat’s this? It’s plate glass!I got it home, and a little later, after picking up some 3M-77 spray adhesive and some more sandpaper,I then got to work lapping my beat up blue marples chisel. As it turns out, the chisel has gotten WAY out of wack. Probably from my misguided attempts at lapping it in the past, but oh well, that’s why I had gotten them cheap, so I could learn without destroying something special.The pictures of the lapping and honin...
My youngest daughter was very much into horses when she was at home. We had 14 Acres in New Jersey and probably had horses for around 15 years or so. After High School was over the horses disappeared and the horse barn became a lumber storeroom. She got married and about 6 month ago her in-laws gave her some riding lessons as a birthday gift. The horse fever caught on again. This time she has a young daughter. For some reason girls and horses seem to go together. Missy sometimes takes S...
Wow! Time sure flies! After spending the fall taking online business classes, then doing a 3 month fellowship at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, ME, I seem to have lost a bit of time! Well, on to what is new so far. I got the furnace installed. As I mentioned earlier I had wanted to install radient floor heating, but just could not justify the added cost at this time. I got a used propane force air furnace installed for less than half of what it would have cost me to do...
A discussion about free wood led to some conversation about barn lumber. We have an old barn that came with this place, and I thought I’d share some of our efforts to keep it standing. This is not a majestic old barn built by a well-to-do country gentleman. This was built by a poor depression-era farmer out of whatever he could cobble together. Despite our efforts to keep it standing, we often have people stop by to “offer” to tear it down for us if we let them have the ...
Converting a horse barn into a woodworking shop #2: Turning doors into windows and enlarging windows
Well, sorry I haven’t posted anything in a while. Had company for three weeks, so things are a bit behind schedule. I decided to go with the forced air heating system. Saving almost $2,000 and not having to add to my to-do list were irresistable! Oh the joys of dealing with someone else’s idea of “that’s OK, it’s just a barn” construction techniques! I framed in the one door I am closing off (it will be behind my wood storage area). When I went to ...
I have been asked to do a blog on converting a horse barn into my woodworking shop. Unfortunately I wasn’t with it enough to take pictures of the process so far. So I will recap what has happened up to now, then I will start taking picures as I go from here. I started with the barn as left by the former owners. The barns had 5 horse stalls, a tack room, 2 storage areas, a central alley, and the hayloft. As part of the purchase agreement, the former owners took all the metal gates to ...
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