Most people only talk about grain at the most superficial level of how it looks. We woodworkers enter the fibres. We tease the cells apart with the chisel’s edge and search for weaknesses and strengths in the species. We want to know these intimate details so we can exemplify the strengths and protect the weak from harm. I thought that it might help to give my personal insights into the different woods that I have worked with for almost five decades. Most of them are common enough, ...
about 5 weeks ago i bought an old bandsaw for $100 and have just finished restoring it. originally it had a 1/3 horse motor but it appears that some time in the 60s someone replaced it with a 1 horse motor. here it is after i brought it home and cleaned the table i used a wire brush then proceeded to treat it with linseed oil and then johnson wax just to make sure it wont rust again for a while i also set to work taking it all apart and checking everything as well as oiling the uppe...
Finally, I’ve pulled the photos from my camera. I neglected to photograph it as I built it, but here it is in finished form. It gives me 8’ of stop range for precisely measured crosscuts. I can use it for through cuts as well as crosscut dados. The extension table top and fence are made of a partial sheet of 18mm (3/4”) oak veneer plywood that I’ve had laying around for 10 years or so. The legs are of ordinary 2×4 stud material. There is no finish on it...
I am finally getting proficient with Google Sketchup version 8. Here is my version of a craftsman style TV console. It is halfway done at this point, however the Sketchup program was very helpful in getting the proportions pleasing to the eye. Especially shaping and sizing the corbels. I printed the corbel component, and enlarged them to scale. By simply taping the pattern on my workpiece I was easily able to cut and sand the corbels. Cheers
My daughter was helping some people she knows clean out an old storage shed and thought this would be something I would like to have.Taking it apart for cleaning and inspection.Not sure whether to use a derusting solvent of some kind or wire brush and steel wool or maybe a sand blaster?What ever the case might be Sears has no parts available. Motor and bearings will be the first hurdle.Any suggestions or comments would greatly appreciated.Thanks for looking.
OK guys – you don’t hear much from me because I am swamped with work. This takes me away from blogging and from sharing with woodworkers. So one of the things that it detrimentally impacted is my schedule to build a Shaker Bench for Charity. To compound my schedule dilemma I thought the auction was Saturday night and turns out it is Friday night. This morning I throw a Tweet out there asking where are all the woodworkers that want to help me just for free, just for the exper...
Daryl Hall (from Hall & Oates) performs “No Can Do” with Chromeo. If you watch the entire episode, he gives a tour of his home, lot’s of woodworking. During the tour you see that he appreciates fine craftsmanship.
This post is in response to richgreer’s great post on “Can you just slap something together” found here… http://lumberjocks.com/topics/23755 I’m thinking there’s a general misunderstanding about how adjusting the level of craftsmanship depending on circumstances is not a skill set in its own right. It is. And a very valuable one. Maybe what we’re seeing is simply the difference between how a hobbyist views woodworking and how those who do it for a ...
as I mentioned in the previous post, I started working on refitting my Craftsman 10” table saw with a Delta T2 fence, based on Jaime’s blog posts. I have everything measured and marked but I’m not at all clear on how high the front rail (or the rear rail, for that matter) should go relative to the table. Jaime mentioned drilling the holes offset vertically from the manufacturer’s holes, but he just said “a bit” I didn’t see any other real indication ...
Based on Jamie's blog entries on upgrading a Craftsman table saw with a new delta T2 fence, I decided to do the same.The fence arrived last night I might need some better drill bits for the job and a good center punch, if I understand his blog entries, but it sounds like the thing to do is proceed very slowly and carefully. Which in my case means measure 10 times, cut once. As an aside the thing the fence is resting on is a small pegboard tool holder I started working on. Given my skill...
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