So I have made the decision to turn my garage into a part-time, hobby type wood shop. I do construction and residential renovations as my primary income, but this is my true passion! I also changed my major in college to “Fine woodworking and Furniture Making” which I didn’t even know existed… turns out its an Arts degree, and they offer transfer opportunities if desired… The way things currently stand, my garage is about 350 sq ft, with the previous homeown...
I’ve been using every nice day we’ve had, that I can, to work on my chicken coop. I am having so much fun with this! Part of it is being proud of myself for tackling this project, and doing pretty good with it too, and part of it is the crafting part of it. I didn’t simply draw up plans and go to the lumber yard. For one thing, I doubted my ability to precisely follow the plans. I don’t have the skills or the tools to make all the exact-perfect cuts, angles, etc. I nee...
A while back I saw this video about growing wheat grass fodder. View on YouTube It took my fancy as we need additional fodder for the chickens. I worked up a design in SketchUp a couple of months ago: With the plastic garden trays in: I decided to half lap the whole thing. It’s a very basic joint, and seemed a good place to start. I planned to screw it together so I could break it down if needed later on. As if to make up for the simplicity of the joints, I decided I wanted ...
If you have started collecting your tools as the funds become available, you might find yourself looking like this more and more. At least I hope you will. It’s really a great experience. Credit to Nick Offerman Woodshop “The Dusty Proprietor” (Photo by Emily Shur) As for continuing down the road of cutting and milling. You will probably inevitably find yourself looking for your work horse. Most likely 1 to 3 horses of raw electrical power to be more accurate. ...
In my last Blog post about Bare Essential Woodworking I described the basic overview of rough cost to get into this hobby for a future woodworker on a Low Budget. Using those steps you should be off to a good start. If you have bought something to cut and cut with you are probably starting to feel like this. Credit to Nick Offerman and his inspirational wood shop. I am going to skip by the Idea/Plan phase of a project. The inspiration for that was well described in the last post but ...
When I sit back and dream of all things woodworking this image is what I see. Credit to Nick Offerman’s Woodshop (If you haven’t checked it out you should. Very cool dude!!!):http://photos.vanityfair.com/2015/06/08/55761c49ca2dc24e4d26559d_nick-offerman-woodshop-ss19.jpg But my reality is:https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xft1/v/t1.0-9/11949487_1033562810009910_9120745669717242544_n.jpg?oh=7b17151b4d884f3db85bee18bfe24d00&oe=56A9E967 I’m sure you can see a...
At first I went to the craft store to buy the wooden wheels that I needed for childrens toys.After a while I thought that I can make my own. Here is a video of how I make them. Let me know what you think.Thank you.Paul
Hermit House Woodworking - Starting from Scratch #7: Decided on a structure for my temporary shop - A Geodesic Tunnel!
I’ve been scouring the internet for months now, trying to decide what kind of structure to use for my workshop. We have very limited space and some existing outbuildings which, though destined for removal, are now still necessary. To get me through the coming winter, I’d thought about a large PVC “Party Tent” like this one: A 3m x 6m tent is only a couple of hundred bucks, but this is Denmark, so a severe winter is not out of the question and constant wind is...
No Bull! —My neighbor was pretty impressed when I told him I’d entered a bowl in the County Fair—until he realized it wasn’t spelled “B-U-L-L”. Still, I did all right. I think the prize money is $5. I’ve always told my wife that someday my woodworking would pay off! (Original details of this project were posted on 7/22/15.)
There’s been a lot of downtime the last few weeks. Money has run out and I almost got what I needed before it did. Unfortunately that almost is a show stopper. More moneys soon, but in the meantime…. YouTube. I had access to an incredible wood shop back in my school days. Unfortunately, I was young, ignorant and clueless, so I did not see the value. I remember snippets of information from those days, but really am pretty much starting from complete ignorance. She Who Must b...
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