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...
GI will take this opportunity to thank my dear friend David for a lovely lovely lovely Christmas gift. David has sent me a Ryobi jigsaw- to help me along in my woodworking struggles. This lovely newfangled device will replace? Or just push aside the VERY ANCIENT craftsman jigsaw that my sister found in the trash in Las Vegas and gave to me. So I am terribly excited and very grateful to my friend! Hugs and kisses to you David! Now I am going to pack up a little box to send to David t...
Hallo dear L Js here we are again you to look and me to tell :-) I have over the year always talked about how great and fantastic possibillityit is for you to have acces to fleamarkets and other places where it is possible to buy good used beautyfull handtoolsmore or less rusty but with a little albowe grease and knowledge is going to bee great users again I have envy you alot when I have seen your toolgloats witsh has cost mee many green bulbs and keybords becorse of the drooolingand s...
Hallo dear L Js here we are again you to look at it and me to be the part thats bragging …well I´m just happy if it can bring a little smile :-) I have over the year always talked about how great and fantastic possibillityit is for you to have acces to fleamarkets and other places where it is possible to buy good used beautyfull handtoolsmore or less rusty but with a little albowe grease and knowledge is going to bee great users again I have envy you alot when I have seen your too...
Sunday, I saw a listing in Craigs List for a 6” jointer for $100. I thought why not take a look and sent a reply. I got a response back in short order stating that he had 2 others in line in front of me to take a look and if they fell through, he’d give me the next crack. I figured it was gone and I’d have to resume my patient vigil. Well, I was surprised and today I brought it home. It has new blades and a new drive belt. The bed and fench are free of rust but looks like...
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