I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed looking at all of the possible/plausible/necessary upgrades that I need/want to do to my table saw (and other tools but this one takes precedence). So I thought well… I should probably put them in some kind of order – not necessarily in any order – maybe somewhat necessity? As a newb, I just want to make sure my equipment is running as well and as safely as it possibly can. It’s already in great condition for it’s age and I...
The Dining chairs are coming along nicely now, with corner braces in place, and a mock up seat cushion.We found some nice genuine leather today, that is the same color as the mock up.
Today is payday and I have put off new tool purchases over the holidays so that there was room in the budget for a decent Christmas for the kids and so dad is going to pick up a router, one he probably should have picked up in the first place :) Two years ago, a friend takes me to Harbor Freight and I see a 1 3/4 HP plunge router ON SALE (took me a bit to realize that these things are ALWAYS on sale) for about 40 dollars. Impulse buy later and I am playing around with the router down the ...
What a day I’m having! Okay, so September of last year I was gearing up to buy a band saw. I liked the Craftsman 18” Wood/Metal deal for $1300 (and eventually got that one). Above the picture on the saw’s page were clickable, hierarchical categories, something like “Power Tools > Saws > Band Saws.” You could click on each to go to broader categories – pretty standard. I noticed in the address bar that these category names were echoed in the URL as variab...
You will see some amazing joinery and craftsmanship in this slide show. Great for ideas… An ad man named Leonard Fenton has spent well over two decades now working on Artemesia, reputedly the largest Craftsman house ever built. And it is something. The 13,300-square-foot mansion in L.A.’s Los Feliz neighborhood was built a century ago by Frederick Engstrum, a construction tycoon who built downtown’s lovely Rosslyn Hotel, according to a story last year in Los Angeles Ma...
While browsing the internet a few weeks ago I ran across an article from Emerson Tool Co. about a recall on Craftsman RAS. Intrigued enough to stop and read the article, I entered the model number of my saw and found that my old, on it’s way to retirement, beast was covered in this recall. When FedEx backed into my drive this morning and unloaded a rather large 4ft box out of the back of the truck, My heart raced with excitement in hopes of getting a whole new saw out of this deal. Wel...
Thanks to Knotscott, who lives close by, I found a craftsman in very good shape. I’ve upgraded the belt with a link belt from Harbor Freight (good deal) and the fence with a Vega Pro 40. Just need to get the other wing on, add an extension table and ZCI and do something about the switch. Works great though! (Any advice on the switch would be appreciated. The original set-up had the motor plugging into the switch and the switch plugging into the wall. I’m assuming I’ll ha...
There is a new series on PBS that focuses on the American craftsman and how they make a living with their hands titled “A Craftsman’s Legacy.”. In this video I talk to Eric Gorges, who is the host of the show. Eric gives us some insight to the meaning behind this series and why he wants to throw a spotlight on the under-appreciated craftsman and artisans in America. To find out more about the new series “A Craftsman’s Legacy” on your PBS station, you ...
The rest…I had cut the parts for the ottomans and glued up (after a dry fit) – I finished the glue up – Then everything into the fume tent. I put it all in with 33% ammonia for 24 hours at about 65 degrees. When they come out they are almost black, a deep shade of gray – After putting on a coat of Arm R Seal sealer, everything turned a rich Carmel color. The final result – one of two finished and one of five in process. I also built two tables that complimented the ...
Today, I bit the bullet and tried out my 45 degree lock-miter bit to make the four-sided quarter-sawn white oak 4” x 4” legs. I outsmarted myself by trimming the edges at 45 degrees. Unbeknownst to me, the router bit needs all the meat it can grab to make the “tongues”. As a result, I have very little “lock” in my lock-miter. I have just enough to register the corner, but I’ve lost about half of my glue surface. Sigh… The good news is that...
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