Now that I received the tail vises for my workbench, I have modeled them in Sketchup so that I can play around with it for a more precise location and drilling plans before I have to physically deal with the heavy top material. This model is design to be light and fast, and as such does not go into vast details such as screw spirals etc. Instead it is designed to be used for measurements and sizing, both in terms of the actual hardware measurements and shapes, and screw hole locations. ...
Bowling Alley Workbench #6: There is more than 1 way to skin a cat - not so with bowling alley floors though - finally success
Yes. Finally some light at the end of the tunnel, reverse thinking, and this project seems a bit more doable, and even not much trouble at all. Originally I tried to get the (2.5” hardened) nails out by using a cat’s paw and a hammer to pull each nail out of the 2.5 laminated hard-rock maple strips. I figured once I get all the nails out of the top strip, it’ll just free it from the lamination, and be nails free… one strip at a time, until I have them all cleared ou...
Halloween Challenge: LumberJocks | HomeRefurbers | GardenTenders 13 projects have been entered into our Halloween Challenge and I’m very pleased to announce the winners of the prize draw: $50 gift card → Steelmum Leather apron plane holster → mjon Lee Valley cap → jeffthewoodwacker Congratulations! ————————————————————R...
Halloween Challenge: LumberJocks | HomeRefurbers | GardenTenders Don’t forget that Saturday – November 1st – is Halloween Challenge deadline. We already have 7 creative entries and there is a great chance to win one of the following prizes: $50 gift card Leather apron plane holster Lee Valley cap Winners will be announced on November 2nd…Good Luck! ————————————————...
Halloween Challenge: LumberJocks | HomeRefurbers | GardenTenders That’s right. You’ve been challenged!. You have until the end of the month to build a Halloween decoration for outdoors and enter it in our very first Halloween LumberJocks Challenge. What’s the size? That’s up to you. What’s it made of? Wood, of course (and, yes, you can add non-wood objects to it as needed). We have all seen those cemeteries and skeletons in people’s yards, well we ar...
Aug 13, 2008 Well, with all the little fairy doors I’ve been making now (ok so it’s only 5 so far but I’m on a roll!!) my little $1 store chisel set is starting to lose its effectiveness. But I have to say what a great purchase that was! I thought it would break on the first use but I’ve used it MANY MANY times and it is still hanging in there. Yesterday, Rick and I took a drive to Lee Valley so I could “test drive” some new tools to see what fit in m...
Jan. 10/08 My Lee Valley Gift Card My daughter and son-in-law gave us a gift certificate for Lee Valley Tools. Two items that went directly on the list were a metal detector (the Little Wizard) and a digital angle indicator (not in picture. Should be here next week.) I added the 1/4” chisel to the list because I use my $1 store one so much and it won’t last much longer, I’m sure. I also bought a scraper – because, lately, the LumberJocks have said that it is ...
So for those of you who read my first post, heres the results! I decided to finish this part tonight because I remembered I am getting my wisdom teeth pulled tommorow morning, so I’ll be out of commision for a bit. I spent about 35 minutes with the Veritas Mk2 jig. I started with the 1000 grit side and moved to the 4000 grit side. At the end I’ll post some pictures of the factory finish that came on the chisels. This is the blade edge at 40X, notice that even when cleane...
One of the best pieces of advice I’ve seen so far when it comes to tools is to “Buy good tools, and know how to sharpen them.” I’ve reached the point where I can now gaze above the forest of junk, beyond the sea of low quality mass produced woodworking equipment. The companies name is fitting. Veritas. Truth. When in college, while dirt poor, I use to get the Lee Valley catalogs and sit for hours on end neglecting homework thumbing through those beautiful catalogs. ...
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