I use a lot of “found” wood, it usually has to be split into smaller pieces to work with. One of the main tools I will need is the wood wedge. Starting with a bow saw and a hatchet, I cut some trees where Ms. Charming and I are clearing out around our garden. A couple of these were dogwoods. Dogwood is easily cut with a sharp axe when “green”, but when it is dry, it is extremely tough and difficult to work with edge tools. This toughness really make it good wedge m...
Here’s a picture of what my wife got me for Christmas… this gift was based on advice from Steve Ramsey's video for the spouses of woodworkers on gifts. Great Big Thanks to Steve!!!! (BTW, Steve’s Blog site Woodworking for Mere Mortals is great fun and, once in a while, actually informative grin; Be sure to sign up to follow his blog!) Anyway, on to the gift! A very nice S4S piece of Cocobolo, about 1.2 bdft! Don’t know what I’m going to make with th...
I’ve done a little complaining recently about how I was treated at a big box store, so I wanted to balance the karma out and tell everyone who might not know about a great place to buy wood on the south side of Atlanta. Atlanta north side people have it made- Woodcraft, Rockler, Peachtree Woodworking are all up there. For us on the south side, its an hour drive just go get there and we have to fight Atlanta traffic both ways to boot. Hardwoods Inc. in Atlanta is even worse- it̵...
Spent a little time today finishing my lumber storage rack. Since I work in a small basement and my planer and bandsaw are kept in a shed out back it only makes sense for me to store my wood out back too. I got the shelves from work, and today I picked up a piece of OSB and some flberglass corrugated roof panels to protect it from the rain.I’m pretty happy with it and I think it will work well. Does anyone have any other tips for storing wood outdoors? It’s not beaut...
OK, so now that the kitchen challenge is all over, I guess it’s a good time to post a blog regarding kitchen items … or… hold on… um – oops. too late. Oh well, I guess I’ll blog this anyways. So, the plan is to make a bread board. for the time being, the design shall remain unseen and will reveal in details as this blog series will progress. The board is primarily made of hard maple that I am recovering from bowling alley floors (I still have about ha...
So, yesterday, I spent more time working on my daughter’s dollhouse. Damn, there are LOTS of little parts to sand. Wow. Yeah, so there’s that. But, I also did some work on my new big toy, the old 50’s Craftsman 6” jointer. I was rusted all to heck, but I bought a bottle of Evapo-rust, and I have been soaking the parts in it. This stuff kicks some ass! If you have rust you need to get rid of, get some of this stuff. It melts away. Plus, it’s not an ...
OK, it didn’t really start HERE, but way back about the time I signed up for lumberjocks when I got these applewood logs. I already mentioned it in a previous post, but for those that did not read it here it is again (if you’ve read it you can skip to step 3) The Applewood Logs Story2007, I was just getting into woodworking, had a circular saw, drill, and a router. my wife saw an add on craigslist giving away applewood. I went to see the guy, a nice older woodworker that was mo...
Got out on the town today, and picked up some small tools I need. Chisels, files, a 2 ft. level, a bevel. And I finally got around to taking the old blade off the circular saw my FIL gave me. I clamped the blade into the machinists vice I’ve got, gave the bolt a jolt of wd-40, and then went at it with a wrench. I’ll get some new blades later this month. I also found a nice local sawmill that will do small lot surfacing and carries local hardwoods; they’ll als...
Just a short notice… number of our active forums has just increased to nine. I’ve added a new one: Wood & LumberDifferent wood requires different woodworking strategies – from cutting to finishing. Share your tips and challenges here in the Wood & Lumber Forum. Thanks to Wiley for coming up with this idea.I really have no clue why I didn’t add this forum long time ago ;) Enjoy!
A couple weeks ago I mentioned that I would be making a visit to my church friend’s lumberyard. Here’s an update: This friend of mine is having her warehouse guy look for all the lumber I need from rejected timber. Now I’m not sure what causes something to be rejected. I suppose export-grade stuff would have to be pretty good, so maybe rejected wood is still okay. As long as the wood is straight and not rotten, it should work for a bench, right? Even pinholes would be oka...
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