A while back I purchased some whetstones from LV. Up till now I have been doing the scary sharp method with sandpaper. That works just fine but it can get pretty pricey over time and I finally realized I wasn’t saving any money not investing in some good sharpening stones. The thing is… just about every surface in my shop is almost always cluttered with project spew of some kind so setting these up has been put to the side since they arrived. I have determined that I nee...
__My husband is retiring, soon, after 24 years of service in the US Navy and I am in search of something special for him in terms of a shadow box. I am new to this site and have never “blogged” before so, here goes. I recently found a shadow box chest, a most impressive one I might add, on this web site and I would love to be able to find someone to make the same for me. Since I am new to this site it will not allow me to message the individual for information on this particular i...
I had written an earlier post about slabbing the wood I needed to build my family’s home in Papua New Guinea. Well, we got our home “finished” (I use that world very loosely) and just thought you guys might like to see some pictures of the progress. Every stick of lumber in this house was slabbed from local trees in the Hewa tribe where we live. The only wood in the house that was not slabbed by myself or co-workers was the plywood floors (which got destroyed by 4 big rain s...
I just got a lot of neet tools at an auction today. Just wanted to share with you.In dont need the wood rasps so if any one wants to make an offer I would sure entertain one. There are 8 files I won’t be keeping. Also I threw the Makita sharpener on ebay. I already have one.I got the scoll saw for $60 with the stand! I am excited! Does any one know what it is worth?!!http://i774.photobucket.com/albums/yy21/OregonBurls/PlanerBladeSharpener003.jpg!
Just had to add my own free wood gloat. Last fall a friend of a friend decided to clean out his workshop. My friend called me and asked if I was interested. I couldn’t get there fast enough. We loaded up in my truck and hit the road. Let me say first I thought I might get 2 or 3 boards out of this trip but decided what the heck. We get there and talk to the guy and he’s decided he doesn’t have the room for everything he had and we started loading my truck up. And kept loadin...
I couldn’t wait till tomorrow to put the top together. This did not go without it’s fair share of oh sh#t moments one of which almost had me starting the whole thing over almost.. But I’m getting ahead of myself.. I had planned to use pegs instead of bolts. I am trying to keep the number of mechanical fasteners to a minimum on this so lets have a go at it.. Marked out the location of the peg holes and drilled just the end caps.. Then fitted them and marked th...
Making the sail was an ideal time to overly complicate and over think the process… But I resisted my instinctive need to make things hard and just went with Shorty’s recommended measures and used two tape measures to define the shape of the sail. I just swung the ends of the tapes in their respective arcs until both ends met and voila a leg o mutton sail. Dead easy and fast. Shorty recommends duct taping along these lines and then cut along the tape. My first thought was to la...
These wren birdhouses are easy to make. Six pieces make this wren birdhouse. The two sides, roof, front and back, and bottom. I used a brad gun to tack the pieces together, but you could use screws. It has a 1’ hole, drilled with my drill press and spade bit. Here’s a photo of them,The wood is cedar, the wood will never go bad. The hole has a screw in it, you stick your screwdriver in the hole, and screw the screw in the tree. Thanks!AJ
I have recently moved and progress on the model boat Sunshine has slowed. When i find my camera i’ll post the pictures of the completed molds mounted and aligned on the strongback. In preperation for actual construction I began researching what types of wood to use. I found out about Jeff at HobbyMill (HobbyMill@cinci.rr.com) on a model ship building forum and he has been a pleasure to work with. He has all kinds of wood you can order in sheets milled to spec or in strips. he is ev...
I am currently working on an extensive construction project.The customer asked me to clear some acreage blocking his view of the mountains. I gave him a break on the equipment price in exchange for any timber I remove.What I discovered were broadleaf maples straight and clear for 30 feet averaging 32 inches diameter, well over 12,000 bf in the butt logs. In addition, I uncovered a deadfall old growth Western Red Cedar log. What is left of the log are 18” x36” x 20’+ slab...
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