I’ve been neatening up the shop lately because a bunch of little things have built up and it was just time to adjust some stuff. It’s basically a cleaning up, cleaning out and reorganizing on a small scale. Here’s a few of the things I’ve done: [Below] I keep my narrower plywood scraps above the oil tank. I went through them and weeded out the really narrow ones that I know I’ll never use. The very thin plywood that I usually find as drawer bottoms I keep und...
So on my way home on Friday I stopped at the American Way Thrift Store… Pretty rare occurance for me but I am glad I did. I walked around the store not really looking for anything in particular but way in the back, actually in the area where they take the stuff and put price tags on it before bringing into the store. I found an old Brace and Bit, it was pretty rusty but checking the chuck and the rachet part I realized it was in good shape, also the grip and head didn’t wobble too...
So a few weeks ago i posted a picture of the cabinet I made for American Woodworker Magazine. Well finally I’ve got the video done. Hope you enjoy it.
EDIT: It is actually a 5A X.. That tells you how much crud is on it. I just picked up this at a community garage sale for 35 bucks. I can not find any real info on it. The only other one I can find are about the No. 7 X. How rare is this plane and How old is it? I assume its pretty old considering the hole at the top of the blade. Well I plan to do a light cleaning just to get the crud off. If it turns out to rare I will leave it at that and just sharpen it. I can’t wait to see how ...
Well after going almost 2 months without doing a video and almost 2 weeks not being in the shop, I figured I would get some work done and while in the process shoot a short video. Well sadly my shop light burnt out and I have no bulbs for it, but I did get the video filmed before the light went out. Enjoy it and as always, all comments (good, bad, or terrible), tips, and tricks are welcome. Thanks!
It all began when I was building my workbench (blogged here). I was using my first (dedicated woodworking tool purchased) #5 BORG buck-bros Jack plane and it broke. It was working quite well after I learned to tune it, but the materials it is made of are just too weak and flimsy and the yoke that controls the blade travel just broke and became useless: I was bummed, but hey it was a good learning experience, and I have been keeping an eye open for a replacement #5 ever since. not reall...
Spring is here and the itch to get back in the shop is biting. First things first though and the first of the first things is cleaning up. It’s a wonder how much a mess the shop can get in even when I’m not actively working in it. One of the many things due to be cleaned are my table saw blades. Here’s how I do it: First get some Simple Green Pro HD, not the regular green stuff, the purple stuff. Rumor has it the green stuff is hard on the brazing but the purple is o...
When cleaning furniture, a little water is usually all you need. Most of the time you don’t need store bought furniture polishes or waxes. Most furniture these days just need to be dusted and if really dirty cleaned with a moist rag. Wax will build up and can leave the finish streaky and sticky. Some products may even have a solvent in them to cut oil and grease that can soften the finish of the piece. What I normally do is wet a rag and wring it out as much as possible. This le...
I’m new here at LJ and I wondered why “Healthy Shop” wasn’t a topic of discussion here…maybe I just missed the discussion? As we all know there are hazards in the work place. The hobby shop is no exception. Lose your health and you lose a lot. I first read here about the Dust Deputy collection system to reduce dust in the shop. I checked out their prices and thought “If this was made in China, it would be $20!” Being the cheapskate that I am ...
I keep seeing these posts pop up more often than not about the scribed line for dovetails, should you leave them on? should you scrap/sand them off? Some say it tells the joint was hand made, Others rightfully so say that the piece itself tells that it was hand made…. Should you make them with a scriber? Or a pencil? A pencil line is easier to remove, but harder to line up to as you are relying on eye sight, Whereas a scribed line with a knife is a no brainer since you just rest your...
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