Hi guys, look what kind of trouble you have all put me into: 777 days and $57 later, this is where I am now. Buying expensive drill bits. And I’m loving it! The guilty one concerning the purchase of this monster 3 1/4” Forstner bit is Al, aka Boxguy, because of this . He made me realize that jewelry drawers can be as simple as a round hole in a wood chunk, which made me redesign a part of one of the jewelry boxes I’m currently working on. Hence this mon...
This thought occurred to me, as I looked at all the Chinese stuff (mostly decorative) at stores like Target – rip them off as they have, and continue to, rip us off, on original ideas. At the risk of angering someone out there, I’ll say it anyway: the Chinese are thieves. I don’t mean your neighbors from China stealing your stuff, I mean in a corporate sense – they copy our DVDs, Software, and all kinds of engineered stuff, and sell it either as a cheap copy, or as ...
Introduction to Sharpening of Chinese tools One 15th century contractor complained that his craftsmen spent about half of their time sharpening their tools. Considering the fact that Chinese woodworkers had a preference for gnarly old wood, the harder the better, this does not come as a surprise. History of Chinese Sharpening Tools Little has been written about Chinese tools, but almost nothing has been written about Chinese sharpening stones. In his book China at Work, Hommel mention...
Anybody who has studied Chinese woodworking will not doubt have come across prints like this one where a ancient Chinese woodworker is depicted pounding on a piece of furniture with what appears to be the blunt edge of an axe. For example the Lu Ban Jing, a woodworkers manual written around in the 15th century, shows a woodworker assembling a table by pounding on one of its legs with the blunt side of an axe. During much of China’s long and colorful history, China has been more or le...
I have seen many posts on this site that describe a particular piece as “Zen” and while this word is not used in strict historical definition, I thought it might be interesting for some of you to share a bit about what I have learned about Buddhism and how one might be able to bring some Buddhist attitudes into the process of woodworking. So contrary to the title of this little post there isn’t really any such thing as Zen aesthetics. Zen refers to certain strains of practice within ...
Yahoo news is reporting today (1/1/09) that two Chinese forestry reps had a pyramid scheme that bilked thousands of investors out of more than $160M. They sold trees in Mongolia!Mongolia is a barren area that has no forests.They promised a 400% return on the investment. Do you suppose that the reason Chinese plywood has so many voids is that it is made from trees from Mongolia?;>) Lee
Yes it’s cheap, and most of the time it will warp as soon as it is removed from the stack, but it can also be dangerous. Acording to an employee at Owl Hardwood in Lombard, IL, there is an instance where metal was found between the plys. The consumer that bought it found what appeared to be a utility knife blade while he was ripping the sheet on a table saw and in doing so, destroyed his blade. No coments if the person was injured, but I would not want to be around when pieces of ca...
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