I know it’s been a while since I’ve added a post to this blog but between moving into the new house (and shop), holidays, work, etc. I just haven’t had a ton of shop time. I actually put off working on the new shop until after the first of the year so I could concentrate on the new house. Anyways, after the first of the year I started getting the shop in order with the goal of being up and running by early spring. Well, I was out in the shop late Valentine’s Day morning wiring up my ne...
Well last night I was doing to mortises by hand. This was the first attempt I was making at these. At first they were a little bit tough. I couldn’t get a good amount removed and it seemed like it was taking forever, just like anything for the first time. I was determined to learn and not just give up. It would be nice to have an additional skill added to the woodworking bank. It was right around 10:30 or 11pm and I was getting a little tired (I’ll deal with that point later). I w...
The mother-in-law has been nagging me to build this “table” for about a year. The problem is, she wants something different every time I talk to her about it. She’s settled on 79”x30” at about 38” tall. She wants square legs, 3 sides enclosed, and two shelves. Oh, and she wants it made out of knotty pine to look distressed. So I started it last weekend. Went to Home Depot for some 2×6’s and 2×4’s. Then i glued then squared up ...
My injury hasn’t put me off wood working but has caused me to setup all sorts of precautions in my shop. I have added my #1 rule “Fingers hands and toes are not pushing devices for wood through routers, saws etc.” “Wear safety equipment such as masks eye guards etc.” “A shop cat can be a nice friend until you are using a router and step on him causing a major injury. Shop Cats and routers don’t mix.” “A clean shop is a safer shop.” ...
After 40 years of woodworking and some major remodeling, I can be proud of my lack of injuries more severe than a nasty oak splinter under the finger nail or pinning my finger to a door jam with a 18 ga. nail gun. I have always strived to be safe and totally focused on what I’m wearing, where my hands are and using repetitive safety methods on every power tool. I show my hands all the time to my guys as an example. See? No scars, ten fingers, safety first. We all watched out for ...
I have a Ridgid R4510 portable contractors saw- its the new and improved version that replaced the TS2410 and it’s a great saw. The problem is, when I bought it they did not yet have available a dado insert so I made my own out of 1/4” plywood and some leveling screws. Saturday night I was cutting dados on my table saw when my home made dado throat plate slid forward and caught on the dado blade. I was doing everything right- using a miter gauge with an extended fence, not us...
I fought the saw and the saw won. As it will 100% of the time. So, I thought I would post this blog to remind everyone that it happens. Actually, this is the first kick back that I have experienced. I know why it happens. I know how to prevent the likelihood that it will happen. I use caution. But, it happened anyway. It threw a 18 X 20 piece of 3/4 ply at me, frisbee style. It so torqued the saw blade on the arbor shaft, that I cannot remove the nut to remove the blade to inspect fo...
I was just about to start on the first glue up of the walnut entertainment center I’m working on… well, needless to say, I didn’t end up finishing. One of the tenons was about 1/32” too long, and I was just in that “finish quick and get on to the glue-up” mindset. One inattentive cut, and I ended up with a razor-sharp 3/4” bench chisel through the back side of my thumb. I put this up as a reminder…BE CAREFUL! Whenever I am usin...
Most of you have looked at this crib that I just posted over the weekend. This thing was heavy as all get out. I was telling my wife about this monster, and telling her that I was having some leg pains during the heavy construction of it. Be the ever so cautious wife she reminds me not to move this thing around myself. I being the bigger of the two stubborn ones do not heed this advice, and what a problem this has turned out to be. I landed in the ER last night due to this over whelming ...
I had a small accident in the workshop today. Flying wood – Skin peeled back on the fleshy part of lower middle finger. The Dr just taped it down. Bruising on the inner right elbow and bicep. A red mark on the mid tummy. It looks to me that the piece of wood hit me in the tummy and then passed between my body and my arm. The finger could have been the first contact point. I was cutting a 2” strip of wood off a 2’ long plank and I pushed the wood past the blade. I am gu...
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