I am just posting my journey for my upgrades to the Harbor Freight Dust collector I got. I have been using it stock except for the wynn filter cartridge and have been happy with it so far, however I have been getting some leaks and will smell the wood dust coming from the collector after cutting items. So I figured if I am going to seal the leaks, I better just build a whole new cart and add a Thien Separator. The first post here is detailing the Thien Separator. I went over to his we...
So in the spirit of getting everyone in the shop and cutting up some wood I decided to post up a measured drawing of a 3/4” wooden rabbet plane in the 18th century style. It is all wood with the exception of the blade which is easily gotten from Lie-Nielsen here. It features a conical escapement and some simple embellishments that a hand plane, chisel, and #7 sweep gouge can handle. The plans are basic with a few things that can be easily changed if you like. Such as the bed angle...
Are you short on cash for woodworking supplies and tools? Many of us are, but there are ways to cut our costs in one area and use those savings for our woodworking addiction. This may sound like a sacrilege, but woodworkers do not live on sawdust alone. We also have other matters to tend to – such as the dreaded laundry. Well, here’s a way to make your own laundry detergent that will save you a lot of money and saving money on laundry soap means more money for woodworking suppl...
I just finished making some drawers for two vanities that I am building and I figured I would make a video of the easy method I use to make them. I noticed that there wasn’t a video on Youtube of how to make “easy” drawers with simple joinery so I thought I’d throw mine on there. I don’t use the best joinery I know, but it’s simple and can be done by pretty much anyone with limited tools. I have several drawers in my shop that were built this way and...
Two quick things tonight - Make Magazine will be doing a woodworking skills showcase over the next few weeks. They will be going over the basics in woodworking, so many of us will be experts. But if you are interested in something creative other than woodworking, you ought to check the site out – and leave a few nice comments for the nOObs with soldering irons. It’s a cool mag. I moved a cow today at the woodshop – I’m still not understanding why. Strange thi...
Ok, it’s Saturday, and my son, who is eight (8) years old, is riding with me in the “Ole-Girl” pickup truck (1972 GMC Sierra) as we travel together on the way to somewhere. He is talking pretty much non-stop, excitedly going through his backpack showing me all of his Hot Wheel cars, and commenting on them, telling me how fast each will go, and which one is his “favorite one”. He has a lot of “favorites”, and I enjoy listening to him talk and how h...
With all of the “Hoopla” associated with my recent blog, and Quixote's Project posting on the subject, I just about had to submit and build the toy for her. After all, using the thorough 2-Step plans she provided, how hard could it be? Well, just count all of the Steps I used, and add up the dollar amount of all of the tools I used in the process, and it’s a pretty daunting little project, for a fact. Sure, buying a plastic ring at the big department store would be ch...
This blog entry today is somewhat woodworking related, and the content has mostly been provided by my daughter Rachel, a student of woodworking, at least in the way I do woodworking. She’s been hanging out in the shop all afternoon since the grade school decided to call off school today because the Cottonwood River was up so high, cutting off roads around the County today. I’m enjoying her presence in the shop, but I hope the water is down tomorrow so she can learn something w...
These days it would seem that we have a never ending need to spend thousands of dollars on accessories for our already costly tools. I am particularly concerned in the areas of push sticks, block planes, router fingers, jigs etc..Am I the only one who is shocked and awed when I see the price tags on the latest line of accessories. It seems alot of people are just giving in and buying alot of items that they could probably just make out of scrap material. There is no lack of talent on this web...
Over the past few years, I have had the chance to build my own door handles out of copper for several commissioned art-furniture pieces. This is something I enjoy doing, and it gives my work another niche to offer. I would not say that I am a coppersmith, as there is a lot that I don’t know about the process. I am almost completely self-taught, so there is bound to be a lot I haven’t learned yet. I bought two old reprinted books on the subject of coppersmithing, and I think ...
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