I really like my local hardware store… Stoneway Hardware. First, the people who work there are VERY nice. One happened to go to school with my husband about 12 years ago. Another girl is super sweet. And the owner took a few minutes to personally visit with me when I mentioned at the checkout that they were going to be seeing a lot of my business in the future. I picked up a wide selection of regular ol’ sandpaper, honing oil, Howard Feed-N-Wax (Beeswax and Orange Oil), steel w...
A senior moment … at 48? David McClure teaches science and coaches at Faubion Middle School in McKinney . He is also a Teacher Voices volunteer columnist. $5.37. That’s what the kid behind the counter at Taco Bueno said to me. I dug into my pocket and pulled out some lint and two dimes and something that used to be a Jolly Rancher. Having already handed the kid a five-spot, I started to head back out to the truck to grab some change when the kid with the Emo hairdo said t...
Hey there LJ’s! I haven’t been very active here in a while, life seems to have gotten in the way of my shop time for several months now. However, I haven’t forgotten about this wonderful community and when I saw this great new product from DeWalt I KNEW I had to share it with all my Lumberjock friends. If any of you have this already, let us know how it works! :-) New Nail Gun, made by DeWALTIt can drive a 16-D nail through a 2 X 4 at 200 yards. This makes c...
FOR OUR HEALTH **WE ALL NEED A LAUGH OR AT LEAST A CHUCKLE ........OR A NEW JOB…!!!!... Did I read that sign right? ‘TOILET OUT OF ORDER. PLEASE USE FLOOR BELOW’ In a Laundromat: ‘AUTOMATIC WASHING MACHINES: PLEASE REMOVE ALL YOUR CLOTHES WHEN THE LIGHT GOES OUT’ In a London department store: ‘BARGAIN BASEMENT UPSTAIRS’ In an office: ‘WOULD THE PERSON WHO ...
May has been a busy, busy month and no time was spent in the shop. Two days ago our youngest son graduated from high school. His graduation was the culmination of a senior year that included numerous band and choral events and concerts including local, county, district, regional, and State festivals. A graduation is a humbling event to watch as your youngest son walks across the stage and accepts his diploma. A lot of anxiety and awe were present during this event, but most of this was co...
I recently commented on an article written in Finewoodworking On-line concerning “Spalted Wood” written by Sara Robinson. “(copywrite; finewoodworking magazine on-line may, 2009). She basically said that spalted wood was not harmful to humans. If you were turning it or if it was just laying around in your shop or house. I agree that it isn’t harmful if lying around. The dust however, I’ve had personal experience with a couple years ago with an allergic reaction t...
I’ve actually heard other’s speak of similar experience, but as I’ve never had it first hand, I had always spoke in favor of the stores, and tried to bring a second side to each story. This time – I was on an unfamiliar side of the story… maybe this has happened to you? I’m in the market for a new table saw, I had sold mine (maybe a bit prematurely, as I am without one for the time being – although with not too much time to be had in the shop, ...
Will Spring EVER get here? I feel like a kid in school waiting for summer break. I want some shop time so badly, that I’m chomping at the bit every day. My tools are calling me, but the shop is too cold to do anything constructive in it. I can fire up the woodburner, but that just takes the chill off the air. Everything else is still cold. I walked out the other day, and some of my table tops on the planer, jointer and bandsaw had a light coat of rust on them. I almost had a high...
Well, perhaps not to the day…Thanks to Martin’s suggestion that we open accounts with Facebook I was able to re-establish contact with a dear friend from college. I haven’t had any contact with Brad for twenty years, during which time he spent time as a street musician and artist in New Orleans and New York, built custom stairs and balusters in North Carolina, and finally through dint of hard work and night school became a lawyer and an appeals court judge. You will note th...
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