...To be done with these planned gifts. I believe I must have been cursed from the beginning as I’ve never had such a horrid time trying to make something. I had to completely scrap my father’s first six-pack holder and make an entirely new one (after several childish hissy fits on my part). My mother’s gift was still being glued back together tonight, so it just needs to hold until tomorrow then they will be in their possession. Sheer stubbornness is the only reason thes...
So, after taking some time to get over my hissy fit about the rocking reindeer, I once again approached them – this time with a tube of E6000. I carefully glued all the broken bits back together and then proceeded with FINALLY attaching the rockers to the legs. This time everything stayed together (thank you epoxy!). I’ve had them sitting on a shelf for a few days now to let the epoxy cure, and I’m going to, with some trepidation, to take them back to the shop today to tr...
I inadvertently have found myself in a position where there is an expectation of woodworking gifts for the holidays this year. I guess that’s what I get for posting all my little projects on Facebook where my family can see them. So, for my father I am going to be making a six-pack beer tote out of mahogany and quarter sawn sycamore. I’m hoping it looks as good as I envision it will when it’s finished. It’s going to have rare earth magnets for catching the bottle ca...
My Brother-in-Law has a pool table in his condo and every time we go over there, the pool cues are laying on a table or on the bar chairs. He also has a table top to convert it to a ping pong, or in their case beer pong table, so the accessories need a place to go. After our last visit, I told my wife maybe I should make him a pool cue rack for Christmas. She liked the idea, but as with anything, I needed to make sure I had her buy in before pumping something out that she might not like. ...
Sorry I have not been putting a lot of my projects on here lately but I’ve been doing alot with esty and I’m doing a new website it takes a lot of time. Here is a link to my esty shop if anyone would like to see what I’ve been up to. http://www.etsy.com/shop/JosephBealis
I have put together a collection of my past projects that are relativity fast and simple to make. They make great gifts. Time to go out to the shop and make some sawdust! Any other good ideas!
Have you ever walked away from your Workshop after a project without doing the proper cleanup? Here’s why that’s a really bad idea! We had spent so much time building the log bed that we just didn’t bother to clean up. And after nearly a week of avoiding the basement entirely I was starting to feel pretty guilty…one day I even took my project out to the front yard to “work in the sunshine.” In reality I was avoiding the mess! But I wasn’t the o...
This has been the week for gifts. Today another package arrived and in it were three old jointer knives. Now I can have my shop made rabbeting plane! Thank you John, aka two blacklabs. Your gift is going to make more than just me happy. We will cover half of Todd’s “Share the knowledge, share the love” by line. lol Two of these will be going to other LJ’s. Thank you again, John, you generosity is much appreciated. Rand
There’s one lesson I seem to keep relearning, and that’s how much trouble I have working with sheet wood, MDF in particular. Not only is it bloody heavy, for the life of me, I cannot get a square corner cut on it, or get it cut to the right length/width. Well, I canif I can fit it on my tablesaw. And that I think is the problem. I’ve tweaked out the saw, miter gage (mostly), and fence so that I can get reliable cuts from it. But if I can’t fit the piece on the table sa...
Well, I missed the Christmas deadline, but my daughters were still very pleased. My wife and I decided and told everybody last year that we were only giving gifts that we made. This was prompted by my daughters (3) all asking for shopping money. It was important to my wife and I that they know what the true meaning of Christmas is and to be thnakful for the many gifts they have been blessed with over the years. Namely, never going hungry….always having a roof over their heads…e...
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