So there I was killing some time on a wintery Sunday afternoon by surfing ebay when SWMBO said: ”Will you go to the supermarket to pick up a chicken and some fresh vegetables for dinner?” Reluctantly I agreed. Now I don’t know about you, but I hate supermarkets. Personally, when it comes to food shopping, I’m a quick in and out kind of guy. I know what I want and where it is. I fill my basket double quick time and heaven help anyone who gets in my way. So after ente...
This old framing hammer is in need of a new handle. I’ll make one out of the hickory board it’s lying on. I’ve cut out the blank for the new handle. Here I’ve laid out the exterior outline of the handle and the break points for each curve. I’ve cut out the shape of two sides of the handle on the bandsaw. I saved the cutouts and taped them back on so I have lines to cut out the other two sides. Here is the blank after sawing has ...
The other night I spied with my little wood-crazed eyes, a pallet with exceptional color and figure that is the same wood as I had salvaged from a disassembled dolly of sorts in topic: What species is this?? Wood Identification help Here is what i saw that piqued my interest: So I went shopping the following day on my lunch break to that big orange Home Center, and came away with some great tools for breaking down this pallet. (reviews forthcoming, they all performed awesomely) ...
I’ve decided to try out this video thing. This is my first and it is very basic. It just shows my intent with making these small brass hammers. These will be used for adjusting plane blades mainly. I may add a wood side on one end at a later date. Hope this comes out okay cause I plan to do many more. Thanks for watching. http://youtu.be/Q8mmU9ZFbPc
Hand Tools: Thrift Stores, Hock Shops and Garage Sale acquisitions #3: Screwdrivers, Nutdrivers and Handley Things
Here’s where your knowledge of quality can really work in your favor. Most (used goods) stores dump all these together and put a single price on them. I look for Craftsman, XceLite and other name brand nutdrivers; I don’t trust the cheapies. The long shank black handled screwdriver uses 1” tips which can store under the white cap. I have a Snap-On one just like this (only shorter shank) which was given me new in 1966. This is a Cleco brand, but dead solid identical....
When i mentioned to my brother that i needed him to cut stuff with his chainsaw he came right over.. Keep in mind this wood is very very green. I sealed the endgrain to prevent checking.I used a draw knife to strip the bark off two thirds of the log before we started on the next step. He was so intrigued with the project he wanted one of is own as well, so I set him aside a log as well. I clamped the log down to some gluelam slabs I had outfront. We cut across the grain a...
Headed down stairs after dinner this evening to start building my sawhorses. I started by sorting out the lumber and selecting which faces I wanted on top of the I-beams. Oops the first – I need to finish the cuts on two of the legs – they should be 30” and they measure 36” – I forgot to cut trim the ends. Well, I need more practice handsawing anyways. With the very bored help of my daughter, I built the I-beams. Next up, nailing on the legs. I ...
I did an Interview with Chris Schwarz from Lost Art Press that I posted on my blog if anyone is interested. Next week I am going to do a review of the Anarchist Tool Chest. Chris Schwarz is one of the founding members of Lost Art Press a small publishing company in Kentucky that focuses on teaching modern woodworkers traditional hand tool skills. Chris is the also the former editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine. In the next week or so I will post an article about “The Anarchist Tool ...
now in the process of breaking down pallets
The wood siding clapboards on your house will expand during hot weather and shrink during cold weather. Over time, this repeated shrinking and expanding can cause the clapboards to warp, split, and crack. If you have damaged clapboards on your house, the easiest way to repair them is to replace them with new brand-new pieces. You’re going to need several different tools to do this job. You’ll need a pry bar, a hammer, a utility knife, a hand saw, some caulk, a box of siding nails, and your re...
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