A section cut from a conical solid along the vertical axis will give us a parabola. I don’t want to explain much on how it constructed however this parabola can be cut using straight line cuts. On sketch up, it looks like this - From the looks on the drawing… a lot of planning came up with the following questions as my guide: 1. What wood should I use? At first, I was about to use a plywood with flats be covered with veneer of two different wood color however, the ven...
I’ve used a certain type of circular saw jig to cut straight and accurate lines. All I did was glue and screw a piece of 1×4 to a piece of thin plywood or hardboard. Glue it on a little more than the distance from the edge of the saw base to the blade. When the glue dries, use the circular saw to cut the ply or hardboard to size. Keep the saw tight against the 1×4, using it as a fence. Ne sure the fence is dead straight. Now when you need a straight line cut with the c...
Like many other LJs, I’ve dreamed about having a drum sander in my shop. Also like many of us, I have the usual problems, lack of funds and lack of room. While doodling on a few ideas of how to build one that would fit my shop, I was suddenly hit with this idea… I have a lathe; why not build my sander on it? It has a good motor, the bearings are already set up for heavy side loads, and since it will fit on my lathe as an accessory it won’t take any more room. I fi...
I am hoping that some of you can make some suggestions on what I should make next. Whatever I make I will do a blog on how I made it. If it’s really involved, maybe a multi part blog. Well, the house is already full of furniture so I can’t make anything big unless I get rid of something. (Very hard to do since I built most of it.) Here’s what I’m looking for: 1. Something I have never made before. 2. Hopefully something unique.3. Something that will expand my ...
I’m going to interrupt this series with an important, unlisted item. Accurate and up-to-date accounting is critical to the success of any business, including woodworking. This can be a problem if you’re like me and dislike the tedium of accounting for your business activities. I’ve always done my own accounting using Quickbooks and now my own taxes using TurboTax Online. While that has worked out fairly well, my lack of accounting knowledge means that I fail to take full adv...
Item two involves notifying everyone you know about your new business. Before starting this I would make up some business cards that clearly state the work you do. Make them clean looking and avoid anything that might confuse people about the work you do. I have made some excellent cards on my computer using simple software and biz card stock but you can also purchase them and even get some for the price of shipping from a company called VistaPrint.com. Once you have the cards, start by fa...
Let’s start with item number one, what to use for shop space. Obviously, the best thing would be if you owned a shop space such as your garage or some other out building. This would certainly be less costly than renting even a small space. However, it may not be viable in a subdivision with deed restrictions, where you may not be able to conduct any business from your home. Or, it is possible that there are noise restrictions precluding the use of woodworking machines. Check all that ou...
I just went out and bought myself a couple of new bandsaw blades to replace my ’ not so sharp ’ old blade… I can’t get this old blade re-sharpened so what to do with it? I hate to just throw it away…..we’ve got to come up with some kind of ‘re-cycled’ use for it…. So today’s challenge for all LJ’s…...find a new use for this blade!! I was thinking of maybe cutting it into smaller lenghts and using it as a some kin...
As a writer on the woodworking business, I am always reading everything I can find about various ways to operate such a business. That’s why I have been avidly reading all of Jim Hamilton’s posts on getting started and Sawblade1’s efforts to get his business going. These posts contain valuable information and reading them has motivated me to address some of the methods I used to get started years ago in hopes they might also be of help. I won’t bore you with the det...
Yesterday I had the great privilege to meet Troy Yocum, and Iraq Veteran who is walking across America for his charity which helps grant wishes for other Veterans and hopefully get a national Day for Deployed Soldiers. Even if you can’t donate, you can help out with this just by sharing his amazing story, so please take time to check out his website and do whatever you can in whatever way you can. He’s just one man, taking one step at a time to achieve a GREAT Goal. DRUMH...
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