Debbie asked about some photos of the ice storm. So, I made it out to the mailbox, and took photos on the way back carrying the mail. Isn’t it amazing, the mail delivery guy never missed a day! - – - – - – - – - – -—- – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – Coming in the Driveway in front, this is our mailbox, obviously. - ...
I first heard of SketchUp during the Thorsen Table Challenge. Someone had done some cool drawings of a table, and posted them. I commented on the cool software at the time. Karson brought a copy of the program with him this past weekend during his trip to Kansas. I started playing with it some this morning, and WOW. I had no idea that something so free, could be so easy. What’s the catch? I haven’t been able to draw up anything yet, other than playing with the concepts,...
This Blog entry has nothing to do with woodworking, other than it involves firewood, my woodshop woodstove, and my thoughts as a woodworker looking for some heat this week, and ultimately expresses a better understanding of another Woodworker’s life. I guess that counts, so I hope you’ll stick with me to the end, this is a true story, I didn’t make this up. This week we’ve had some unusually cold weather, and then warm, and then cold again. I was able to put up six pickup truck l...
For several months during 2007, I had the privilege of building several pieces of commissioned furniture for the St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Strong City, KS. This church is part of the Wichita, KS Diocese. I finished up all of my work this summer, and have blogged, and added those projects as postings before. At the end of this blog, I will give a summary list of the items if you are interested in seeing the pieces I built. Also, I wanted to share the photos of the Sep...
I hesitate to do this, that which I am about to do. I don’t fancy myself as a good carver, or a great picture drawer. Especially with so many lumberjocks that are great carvers here that will see this. On top of that, there are so many great carvers on the internet that will stumble onto this blog because they surf the net. With that said, after Mark Mazzo asked about the process I go through to do a carved panel like this one, I thought about it for awhile, and decided to show th...
UPDATE 5-2-2008: You can see the finished cane in this project posting: - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - -—- – - – -—- – - – - Back to my original Blog: This is a short blog, as I sort of spilled my insides out earlier this week with the previous blog. So, not much to say tonight. I’m working on a unique commissioned walking c...
Ok, I promised myself and my wife that I would quit typing so much and work in the shop more. So, I’ve been fairly quiet, only admiring all of the growth of LJ, and the projects and blogs a few times a day quietly. This growing bunch of folks has been truly inspirational for me. But, when I type too much, I don’t make things, bills come in the mailbox, upset spouse, thus the silence. After all, what I have to say isn’t all that important anyway. Something else my wife t...
In a recent Blog by Obi, he discussed using a router to cut mortises, and this started up a discussion, in which Don cautioned against getting a Hollow Chisel Mortiser. I think there are good thoughts on both sides of this debate, and I don’t mean to do anything other than offer some more experience about purchasing and using a Mortiser, and other methods of cutting mortises. As in anything, the more money you spend, the better tool you get. If I were buying just what I wanted, not what ...
This week I came up with this axle and wheels from an old antique wagon. I have another set of wheels I found previously, but they don’t match this new set. I am just scratching my head about what to do with them. I know they are good for something, and something really cool, I just don’t know what yet. Last Spring, I was trying to figure out how to do a backdrop set for a Cowboy VBS program, and the jocks sure came to my aide. So, I thought, “why not ask the lumb...
I couldn’t sleep well last night. Lots to do, and as usual, it ain’t going to all get done before the folks for the Lumberjocks get-together arrive later this morning. Here is a little road sign I put up, complete with balloons, so that the folks coming down the highway will notice the corner to turn to our place. Here’s my helper Riley, up early helping put up the sign. We are excited, Shelli started cooking yesterday. That is always a good sign for a gre...
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