A couple of LJs have done this already, but they all used a lathe. The only part of a shop made screwdriver handle that needs to be round is the “tenon” in order to fit a proper ferrule. I had the notion that a tapered plug cutter could be used, and I was right. With that obstacle conquered, and a batch of screwdriver shanks from Lee Valley Tools, I went about making my custom screwdrivers. There are pictures of each step, so that should help. I made several extra handles and t...
Latest Update.The Woodorking Show people have given us a booth at the WoodWorking Show at the Sacramento Convention Center on Nov 13, 14, & 15. They also will tell our story in their press release and other print hand-out. They have made us another offer. FREE TICKETS, but with a condition. They will give us a free ticket for each person that works in our booth. I am passing that offer to LumberJocks. I will need each reciepient to agree to spend a minimum of 1 hour in the boo...
CLICK ON MY PROFILE (osageman) TO SEE THE PHOTO OF THE WOODEN SPOON. UNDER, LATEST PROJECTS… I can be contacted at, firstname.lastname@example.org if any one is interested in having me make a wooden utensil for them… How is everyone ! Sorry this is taking so long to set up… The suggestion I was given, was, to run the spoon guessing contest as a blog, so that is what I’ll do. No one had the right guess last month, so I will use the same spoon. If you check back and...
Today was the last day of my career as a Sr. Quality Engineer for a medical device manufacturer. This day has been a long time time coming, and it brought up a lot of mixed emotions.I am now a professional in the field of furniture repair and restoration. My son Tommy and I have gone into business together and purchased a Furniture Medic franchise.We will be traveling to Memphis in June for training, and our shingle goes up June 23.Wish us luck!
Updated 1/16/12 This is the fun part! Its scary too! The idea of taking a nice crisp box, one you have spent countless hours making, and attacking it with a tool designed for slag removal is…well…its a little disturbing. Maybe I was influenced by old Hitchcock movies more than I know. Seriously, what I enjoy is the freedom this gives me. Everything up to this point has been tied to measurements and careful setups. This is where we can cut loose a little. But slow down Hot...
Well, actually the S word, but the S word is part of the F word anyway…..............................???? I need all the help I can get…..I do have the Wood Spirit looking out for me…..or is it that fellow that sits on our shoulders…. Busy sanding a 4.1m long African mahogany top for a very long built in desk with drawers. 4.1m is about 161 inches for those who still prefer to measure with King George’s thumb……I think it was his thumb, I know it was some king’s thumbR...
Between my being a carpenter in today’s Michigan economy (lots of idle time) and my desire to learn more about finishing, I stopped by a local furniture refinishing/restoration shop a couple of weeks ago to see if I could pick up a non-paying apprenticeship just to pick up some knowledge and get some hands on experience. Of course I didn’t just walk in and say “are you guys looking for an apprentice?”. I asked if they were hiring and an employee told me “no”...
I showed Barb this kit the other day, & immediately she said, ”I want one.” When the Sweetie wants something, I usually comply to her wishes. Besides, I can try making something I’ve never done before. This is the kit I ordered, it's called a Reverie Harp.. One thing about this Harp is, anyone can play it because of the way it’s tuned. It has a real soothing sound.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This is a picture of the parts ...
I feel like a piece of steel wool. My arms are tired, my fingers are numb. My shop is strewn with rags, bottles and tins of various potions, pieces of sandpaper, wads of steel wool, coffee mugs and the odd scraper. Pieces of furniture stand everywhere. I have been sanding and rubbing and oiling and rubbing and oiling and polishing and waxing and polishing all week. The light at the end of the tunnel is faintly becoming visible… Anyone in his right mind will build a piece of furniture...
Updated 1/15/12 We now have our box assembled and glued up. Depending on the temperature, let it dry for a couple of hours, or overnight to be safe.Take the tape off and clean up any dried glue. This is a good time to smooth up the bottom to get rid of any rocking.You can double stick sandpaper onto a very flat and firm surface and slide the bottom across that. The problem with this approach is that sheet sandpaper is way too small. You can stick down several sheets and if you go very s...
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