Just this weekend I learned several new things about woodworking. It’s been a blessing for this old dog to learn new tricks. I don’t have anyone here to give me hands on lessons, so I’m counting on my new friends here at LJ. I bet you would like to know what I learned. Glad you asked, now laugh if you want, because I like making people smile. #1 I learned that my circular saw doesn’t make 90 degree cuts, because it was off by about 10 degrees. I figured that of I...
A week ago I had to take a nap every afternoon and spent much of my day sitting on my butt reading, watching TV and surfing the net. Zero energy had become my new normal. Oh, I had a legitimate excuse, ”Well, I have cancer. What do you expect?” Then my wife bought me a miter saw and suggested woodworking. Wow! I never would have thought this would have a such a fast positive effect on my energy and mental well being! I joined LJ, got some great advice right away, and some very enc...
I might have crossed a line today. I had picked up a Kunz #80 scraper for $7.50 and a Sargent 409 for $12 at an auction a couple of weeks ago. There was a real nice Stanley #5 but it sold for $65 and I do have one of those. I tried out the scraper yesterday after learning which was the front. Turns out I’m a puller, not a pusher. All it would do is make a tiny pile of sawdust from the left end of the blade. Figured today would be a good time to learn setting up the #80, so...
Just a fun way I decided to celebrate being a wood worker.
I posted a picture of a Craftsman Style Frame i made and i thought if anyone was interested, i have a two part video series of how i did it. The main jointery is the use of a half lap. It’s a simple and yet strong joint. I decided to show how to make it using both power tools and hand tools. Hope you enjoy it.chad stanton
Since I did a video how to fit inset doors, I thought maybe I should take a step backwards and show how to make a simple cope and stick cabinet door. Hope you enjoy the video, especially the ending.:-)
Isn’t it nice to have a friend visit? And it is even better to have a visit from one of the most talented from Lumber jocks! We (actually I do a lot of watching) have been making Momma happy with some new cabinets to store medical supplies for our son that is bed-ridden. My family life has improved due to his generosity. We do a lot of visiting and have several neighbors over to enjoy his company too. The neighborhood is finding him just as much a part of their family as we have.Two yea...
the lincoln illinois Art and Balloon fest is just around the corner The Lincoln Art and Balloon Festival will be held August 26, 27, & 28! There is still time to get involved. Crafters and woodworker’s come and enjoy the family fun and hot air balloons.
Have you ever struggled with the different sized plywoods and making dados that fit perfect. Well here is an eay way to make PERFECT fitting dados.
I’m a member of the awesome Sonoma County Woodworkers Association. Every time I go to a meeting, I kick myself for every meeting I’ve missed, because skill and knowledge demonstrated and transferred by the participants is amazing. A few years ago, there was a meeting at West County Design at which Craig Collins raved about the Bodega Bay Fish Fest Wooden Boat Challenge. This is a competition in which you’re given: 2 sheets of 3/8” x 4’ x 8’ plywood 12 pieces of 1”...
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