My church had two pews in the narthex that were starting to fall apart. I had repaired them a few times, but there’s only so much you can do without just taking them apart and restoring them. I was starting to make plans on replacing them with plywood benches, but this week the church got a hold of some reception are chairs for free. So now the pews are spare and I’ve offered to take them away. They are each 12 feet long and made (I think) of maple. I’ll have to c...
Hi Everyone. I’ve been trolling this blog for so long that I thought I had an account. I decided to actually get one a few weeks ago. Lately, I’ve been looking to upgrade my table saw. For years I’ve used a Ryobi BT3100. I know everyone has their opinions on what the best table saw is. For me, the Ryobi has been great and met almost all my needs. The fence has been dead on accurate and dust collection excellent. I really like the saw but decided it was time to upgrade. ...
I had two elm logs left that I pulled off the bank on the side of my house. They are both about 2 feet long. One of them I cut up tonight and I was happily surprised. I tried a different technique this time which I’ll cover when I break down the other log. I am very happy with the yield. Each slice is about 1/2 inch thick and the narrowest is just under 2 inches. The others are about 2-1/2 in. The log was about 4 in. in diameter.
These were from a school shop I am sure. There are a couple of nice ones and a lot of parts… $5.
MORE wood you say… but of course… can’t have too much wood… After turning my first pen, I became interested in pen blanks… went to see Trevor… he had told me that they were cutting some New Guinea Rosewood BURL… Also picked up some Huon Pine, Rose She-Oak, Dorrel [native Olive], Camphor, Tiger Myrtle and some Gutta Percha.. Went down to one of my favourite wholesale timber merchants… I had heard that there was a new guy there…...
This weekend, I spent my time bringing home some walnut and maple logs. The limbs don’t make good lumber, even if they are big enough to make a saw log. Limbs are reaction wood and when you remove the weight from them they move, sometimes a lot! Saw a horizontal limb into lumber and you can make some nice pretzels and you won’t have to do anything… Just saw ‘em and watch ‘em curl. Same deal with leaner logs. I use some of the limbs to make bowls, rolling pins and...
I’ve spent the entire day cutting trees into logs and bringing them home… They aren’t lumber yet and all of them are not here yet, but it won’t be long now. Here’s a couple of shots of the maple. It’s a little over 30’ long and the big end is 36”. It’s been down a year and it’s spalded, but not punky. I cut into it to see what it’s going to look like after it’s sawn. It’s also tiger striped through and through. I...
My parent’s friend’s business shut down and they were selling all of the assets tomorrow in sort of a garage-sale way. So tonight my Dad and I went in there to take a look at what they had. They had multiple tools, and some useful for woodworking. So we started making a pile. The first thing that caught my eye was a Porter-Cable router and a bunch of router bits and accessories. The accessories included bits, flush-trim bits, 1/2” and 1/4” collets and more. I have b...
I want to apologize if my blog has been the most depressing so far. This week my wife lost her grandmother. If you have been following my posts this past year, we have seen a lot of loss in friends and family. She is in a better place, which in and of itself is a relief. On to some good news. I have spent the past 6 months working on a project for a friend of mine. His office was due for some major updates to it’s network and server. This project has taken a lot out of me, both ...
As if my poor work area wasn’t crowded too much already, today I bought myself an older but low time and very well maintained radial arm saw. It’s a sears, about 15 or so years old, and once we tried it out, the seller removed the blade as a backup for his table saw as the price was too good to include it, and anyway it was a gift from his dad. The reason I’m so happy about more overcrowding in my little shop? It was only forty bucks! Pardon me, but I’ve be...
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