I love a plan when it comes together! So when is woodworking fun? When you can steadily progress through the various steps with ease and accuracy. Yesterday I had a lot of fun cutting mortises with the Mortise Pal. If you’ve seen my review you know I’m a fan and my experience yesterday really confirmed my view. I watched Charles Neil’s demonstration of Jessem’s Zip Slot Mortise Mill and although I haven’t used that tool, based on the video I’ve...
Here is my latest project, made this for my mom. Hope to get back to the inifinity mirror during the week.
Hi everyone, I was giving MsDebbie, an update on Matthew, and where things have taken him. She asked me to share it with you all, so I will add it to the initial blog I put up on Matthew. Since adding Matthew’s first video to youtube, Matthew has been getting hit after hit on his youtube page. There are some key people that I can attribute to the success thus far. Let me start in order Debbie found Matthew’s video on G+ and asked if she could add it to LJ’s, I was m...
MAN- there’s a lot of great stuff in this episode! First, we talk about true dust collection power with Bill Pentz (part two of our dust collection series), Charles Neil stops by again, I show off my four favorite block planes and start an experiment that might destroy the world. Besides that we talk about the Harbor Freight dust collector, ask average woodworker five dumb questions, talk about King Tut’s stool, and that’s not even everything! ALSO- We’re making ...
A special tool review episode takes a look at sprayers that are good for a small shop. First we look at the Harbor Freight HVLP spray gun, then the Earlex 5500 Spray Station, and finally the Graco cordless sprayer. PLUS: What size of compressor do you need for HVLP? And a look at Charles Neil’s new online finishing course… that and more on the latest episode of Blue Collar Woodworking! After you watch this one, visit Stumpynubs.com for more woodworking goodness! (Friend us o...
Click for Large Format Movie I just posted this on my woodworking blog and felt it was something important to share with my fellow Lumberjocks. I am sure many of us can remember middle school and high school woodshop. It is a sad state of affairs that industrial arts are being dropped due to budget constraints. It is up to each of us to help pass on the joy and traditions of woodworking. Those of you that have followed any of my entries on Lumberjocks.com, The Folding Rule Podcast or...
I spend Thursday 5/7 taking my son to my daughters home to spend the week while my wife was out of town. Our first stop was at Greg McNabbs home in West Virginia. LJ Dave with one of Greg’s dogs. The three of us with Greg at his home. I had to buy a new camera about 15 minutes from Greg’s home. So excuse the second picture. We went out to a local Greek Diner to have a nice meal. It was then on to Woodstock, Virginia to my daughters, the Kramers Albert with my lat...
Well I thought I would try my hand at my first Blog. This past weekend I got to go down to New Market VA to spend some time with Charles Neil. Many of you know Charles from the Lumberjock site and through his YouTube and DVD videos. So I hope I thought I would tell you a little more about him. Hope this works. Two weeks ago on Sunday after I just finished putting the last piece of trim on a Keeping Chest that I started with Charles back in October he called and invited me down to New Mark...
I had used Charles Neil’s recipe for Red Cherry Mahogany but after wiping this dye on the drawer fronts poplar parts, I decided to change the formula a bit. I wanted a lighter and more brown recipe. After consulting Charles Neil he suggested that I add green TransTint to the recipe. Green and red, he said makes brown. What I did was to test the recipe on some scrap pieces of timber. I settled for adding 1/2 part of green plus 1 part of additional distilled water to the existing 17 ...
I recalled how Charles Neil has stated that he “always” places finish on both sides of a board. That statement was very profound so I felt compelled to ask him if I should finish the inside of my blanket chest. Can’t hurt to ask, right? I wrote him late last night. He is two time zones ahead of me. He took time to answer little ol’ me. I had his written advice waiting for me to read early this morning. Here it is, all of it: —“I finish inside an...
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