Tools are meant to be used by humans. I think that we learned to think by using them. By using tools, our hands made a connection to our brains and then our curiosity gene dove in and our minds grew because of this. We discovered so much about the world poking about in it with our hands. And by using the power of the wedge, we learned to do all sorts of things from carving to cleaving to sawing and planing. We are humans and that means we need to keep making that connection between hand an...
Well, the original estimate on delivery was “End of next week or maybe the week after”. Then on Thursday (5 days) my wife called me at work and said ”The guy just called and said your new shop is on it’s way here. He’s hooking up to it now and they should be here in a few hours.” YAHOO! I’m as excited as a kid in a candy store! So I get home from work and several hours later the mover calls and tells me he’s in the next town (12 miles away)....
How many of you remember that 1962 movie ”The Music Man”? (Yes, I’m sure most of you do!) Remember the scene when the Wells Fargo Wagon is heading into town to deliver the musical instruments, and everyone is singing and dancing in the streets? Sure you do… ”Oh ho the Wells Fargo Wagon is’a COMING down the street, and it could be something special for me.” and now you’ll have that dang song stuck in your head for the next few hours! htt...
A lot of you are probably used to seeing woodshops full of tools and sawdust. Some even have woodshops that the brothers Green would be jealous of. Well, I have neither. In my first blog in this series, I shared my opinions on table saws and told you which one I was purchasing. Today I will be talking about the space that will eventually become my woodshop. As you can see, it looks more like a garage than a woodshop but I’m going to change that over the course of the next few...
Today at 7:00am the builders came and started on the shop. They began by laying out the additions with wood and rope. They then used a Skid- Steer to drill multiple holes for the main posts. They hit about every pipe in the ground the could have with the auger, but we had the water for those pipes turned off previous to the drilling just in case. The posts were then put into the holes and were suppose to be cemented in the ground today, but with the combination of a storm and a late cement mi...
Last week the 32’ x 12’ bi-fold door arrived from Manitoba. We used the mini Deere excavator to unload it and walk it to the shop. Some relatives from Holland were visiting and assisted in the moving of the door. Yesterday the building supplies arrived for the additions onto the shop. From what I saw, the was just trusses for the roof and tin for the exterior, so I imagine supplies for the walls are yet to come. They say the building will start by next monday at the latest. ...
Building a wooden shoulder plane #3: The mouth. Don't open wide, we are not at the dentist! (sorry Ken)
As I write, my blue Monday is behind me but some of my American friends are still busy dealing with theirs! Let’s get rid of the blues and go back to our project. The glue is dry and we can pop the clamps. I’ve always liked this stage of a project, that moment when you can take off the clamps and clean up the glue lines. Again, a reminder of what we want to achieve: This is where we are. Cut the pins close to the timber and clean up the glue lines. If there is glue squeeze ou...
24 hours later and I’m back in my favorite chair! It sounds like some has already sourced plane irons in many different ways. Good! Bertha is ordering a brandnew blade, Derosa found some old plane blades at a local junk store and his Dremel with cutting disc is eager to go! Grittyroots has some old molding planes and wants to use an iron from on of those. Bearpie in Jacksonville has some old worn out metal cutting saw blades about 1/8” thick by 2” wide and 18” long. Good ide...
Ever tried cornhole? If not then you need too. It’s pretty addicting around a group a friends. Great for those tailgating days or outdoor parties. I made a little video showing how I make my cornhole boards, maybe it will inspire you to make a set for yourself and some for your friends! Enjoy…..
—————————————— UPDATE 3-28-2012: MISSION CASKET BOOK & PLANS AVAILABLE:After Posting my Casket Stories and Photos on Lumberjocks, I have been overwhelmed by the response from readers. There is quite a long thread of folks wanting to build their own casket, or wanting to build one for a close friend or family member. There are many reasons a person would build their own casket, including saving money...
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