The holiday season is almost upon us and just about everyone’s broke and scratching around figuring what little gift that a woodworker would use and enjoy, but will be very reasonable to buy.My middle name must be tight a** because I always find great deals and balk at “wish” prices given out by vendors – They seem to go way beyond my threshold of pain. Here is a couple of items I have got and use more than I thought I ever would – and they are inexpensive. ...
Hey. Someone wants me to take down there walnut tree. I got the time, a van, and a chainsaw. What I don’t have is help and a portable mill to take it down to size. I’d like to put together a crew of 3-4 guys to work on this thing and take it apart. a hard days work could earn us all a couple thousand dollars in walnut. Tree is about 17 inches in diameter 2.5 stories tall. Located in Naperville. Tight quarters in backyard. Tree is near property line, fence and patio, and some ...
Greetings All, Well, as I said in the first part…I grabbed out my original sketches and they looked nothing like what I had in my mind now, but knew I wanted to incorporate some of my original ideas into the final design. So, I grabbed my DRY ERASE MARKER…and made a cardinal mistake. I rough sketched my final design (going completely crazy on details) on my large whiteboard. I Would have been fine, until my g/f erased the whiteboards a week later, not knowing I hadn’t c...
I have a spalted cherry slab that is a very beautiful piece of wood, but I am not sure what to do with it. The slab is about 4 feet high- 1 inch thick. Width at the bottom is about 14 inches and it tapers to about 6 inches (maybe less) at the top. I am hoping you guys could provide some suggestions- What to do with the slab? The pictures aren’t great, and I will try to get some new ones tomorrow in the daylight. (It was getting dark when I took these ones. THANKS!
Well, here are the steps that I accomplished to get to this point. I did run the cut strips thru the drum sander to clean them up a little and to take any imperfections out so the glue would hold better, at least that was the plan. I hope to take the clamps off tomorrow and maybe run it thru the drum sander to see if my design will hold true. Misc. bamboo pieces I have to work with Cut blanks to be cut into strips Cut strips Strips turned on edge Bundled edge pieces Hopefu...
I was the fortunate recipient of a load of oak, ash, birch, maple, jatoba and some bamboo today. Thank you Eric. In this lot there were some strips of 1/2” & 3/4” thick solid core bamboo plywood. I know people sell bamboo cutting boards. So,I was thinking of cutting these into strips, stand them on edge, gluing them together and would end up with an end grain bamboo cutting board. Will this stuff glue easly? I know some woods don’t glue very well. Anyone have any...
I have had quite a few requests on how the lincoln log jig works, I will give it a shot at explaining it.First I rip the logs to 23/32 square and then take them to the router table and using a roundover bitround the edges. Next set the jig stops to the far left setting (right hole in jig) and cut the short and long logs to length. Next move the stops to the right setting (left hole in the jig) and cut the dados setting the 3/4 in dado blade to 1/8 above the sled. Next I take a few of ...
The Sawdust Chronicle’s Build challenge is all most over. I have about nine day left including the extra three I asked for, and two weeks ago I changed everything I was doing and started over with a new design. So the question is, will I make it? am I nuts? well the answer to both of them questions is a great big YES!!! I will make, and yes I am nuttier than squirrel poop. Here is the link to the update to my blog if you want to see my new design or leave me a note wishing me good luck....
What are the differences between the three oils? Mineral oil is the cheapest. Tung and walnut are priced about the same and both can cause alergic reactions to those that are alergic to nuts. So, I ask, what are the finishing differences. Is one better then the other (other then the cost)? Or does it just get down to a personal preference? As advertised, walnut oil will provide a hardened surface after being exposed to UVs. Mineral oil will need additional coats as it drys out. Tung o...
Version 1.2a At this point I decided to get more “radical” in my design approach. I removed two of the cross rails (found out through experience that I didn’t need them anyway). Then I took the corner poles out of the flanges and put a “sleeve” on the side of my table for the corner poles to slide into (see photo below). Electrical conduit clamps work great for attaching the sleeves. This design also allowed me to adjust the height of the router sled in...
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