It has been a long time since I started this blog and I thought I would have gotten to this stage a lot earlier. After my last posting I had to stay out of the shop for a while due to trouble with one of my feet the resulted in my having to have surgery so that set me back quite a bit. Then as I was trying to finish the board I was using my 16-32 drum sander and could not get the board to come out flat. No matter what I did it had a rock from corner to corner. I would take the machine apart a...
QUESTION: HOW VERSATILE IS A LARGE BLANKET CHEST OR BOX? 15 Century Chest above My opinion…EXTREMELY! Antique Pennsylvania Chest above Here are my thoughts on the simple, large, well built CHEST, dovetailed nicely or fastened with glue and screws. By the way, the items shown here I would not dare call “simple” as the craftsmen have certainly taken time and care and worked hard and meticulously for which I have much respect. 1. The Toy Box2. The Family Blanket ...
Took a long time to get to this point and I neglected to update the blog. However, within the last 2 weeks, I was able to make some great progress. Over the last month and a half, I set up an electrolysis vat using our large recycling cart, car battery charger, bunch of rebar pieces, copper wire, water and washing soda. It’s not completely done but i...
What started as a leaking kitchen faucet has turned in to a kitchen remodel. However, I convinced my wife that before tearing up the kitchen, we should build a buffet in the dining room. If all goes well, then we will tackle the kitchen next year. We have been living in this house since July 1987. It has been paid for for several years and all of our kids are grown so it is just me and the missus. The cabinets are vintage 1983 oak but their time has come and gone. I don’t like the...
Shop Upgrade: 1970 12” Jointer by Wadkin Bursgreen 12BFT Sharpened the blades and added new belts – good for another 43 Years. You cant beat old English cast iron. Passed the nickle test.
This is the first entry in this series, but I’m already halfway into the White Oak version of my Rockler Adirondack chair. I’m also building a Western Red Cedar version, but haven’t started dimensioning the boards yet. I’m starting the blog at this point in the project, because 1. I wasn’t a member of LJ before starting the project and 2. I need to get my thoughts down about what I’ve learned so far, because this is really my first TRUE hardwood project...
Last week I tried out the new planer and the DeWalt 735’s chip blower pressurized my DC piping and made quite a mess. On to the next step in rearranging my shop. I have a miter saw on a flat table in the middle of my workshop. It isn’t a very good location. So I’m building a miter saw table with a lowered section to mount the saw. This way I can make a 4’ fence in each direction. I bought some 1×4 pine. I ripped it to width. I am running it through the jointer....
I have a Laguna NLX31 combination machine with table saw, jointer/planer, and shaper.The table saw motor works great but the jointer and shaper motors are running slowly maybe something like half speed. I have had the motor and capacitors checked, the 40uF and a 50uF capacitors were within uF tolerance, but I have since replaced with with new. That did not fix the problem. The table saw starts even faster now, but the same problem exists with the other two motors. I unhooked the belts...
The partner and step line up nicely. I had a bit of a surprise when I discovered the mast was a bit thicker further up and would not fit through the partner. A bit of work with the block plane and all was good. There is a bit of reinforcing yet for the mast but it looks pretty good. I have the brace pieces cut, they just need to be painted and then mounted. I bored out the holes for the pintle bar. I ran into a bit of an obstacle in that I had not really factored in the bul...
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