Got a chance to slab a large walnut log today that I just picked up. Put a brand new chain on my mill and took off cutting. Went pretty good till the second cut when my saw found that 7 inch bolt that was just waiting to snag my chain. Had to resharpen a couple times but all said and done I got seven nice slabs all 3-4 inches thick. Large ones are about 36 inches on the small end to about 44 inches at the large end by 10 feet long. I will be posting on my website after awhile. Gota ge...
I recently finished working on a cutting algorithm app for the iPad and iPhone called Smart Cutter, and wanted to share the app with every one hoping get some feedback from carpenters and wood workers. Smart Cutter finds the maximum number of small pieces cut from a larger sheet of paper with minimum scrap. It employs a state of the art algorithm to generate the maximum number of small pieces cut from a larger sheet of paper, wood, cloth or any other material, with minimum waste. Whether y...
It seems I had nothing better to do tonight, because I ended up splitting a plane blank out of a piece of firewood and planing the four faces down. Partially it was to see if I could do it. Partially it was to try out a beater Stanley #5 I picked up a few weeks ago without having to go through the trouble of actually lapping, sharpening or otherwise tuning it properly. And partially I realized the turning blanks I picked up from the Rockler scrap bin are probably just a bit too small...
Lets See, BLOG= Buy lots of Goodies, Yeah that must be it. Who is up for a trip to the wood store? I guess that all the experienced Bloggers are rolling their collective eyes by now. SO, on with the update. My Sawing partner and I put in a little time this weekend with the sawmill, and the results were nice. I know some might think this is not a real woodworking project, But i think it’s a good start for me and possibly others and I thought i might share a few pictures with all. We r...
Today marked the day I actually started my last project before Christmas gifts… (I’m still in the planning phase) When you walk in the door to our house, there’s a 37”W x 20”D cubby hole on the left: I started by creating a 2×4 frame that will serve as the bench, that I’ll probably attach to the wall tomorrow and then attach the front-most 2×4 to that. I’ll then double up more 2×4s to make a leg to support the front of the bench....
Sam Maloof inspired rocking chair #2: First try at the Maloof joint **Project on hold pending move**
Not having done this before it was a bit of a challenge to do I hope the joint is tight enough after the glue is in the joints and its clamped up. This is just the dry fit for now.In the two photos below are the left and right front legs. Today my 1/4” down cut spiral bit came so I will be routing the holes for the back slats then next week when my new band saw blade gets here I will cut the seat profile, sand and scoop the seat then comes the front legs.One thing I realized is you ...
I’ve been trying to get rid of the snipe from my Grizzly 12 1/2” planer. When David visited last year, we adjusted on the inlets and outlets and everything else. Then later there was some discussion on LJ’s about adding sticks on the sides of the boards to be planed. I had an abundance of 1/4” thick pine stickers for stacking my lumber. I tried these on several boards but continued to get snipe. Well to day I figured out my problem I think. I cut new stickers from p...
Lessons Learned – Milling Logs Safety First. You will want to wear good leather gloves, eye protection, and steel toed shoes. If the shoes have a metatarsal guard they will be better. You probably WILL drop at least one board on your toes during the day. Also, I highly recommend wearing a respirator. The mill makes a lot of fine dust, and certain woods can be very irritating. I used a good quality paper respirator and it made a big difference. Don’t wear really loose clothing t...
We Have a lot of storm damaged pecan trees here in the south. All you have to do is ask and its yours. Well you still got to cut it and load it but its free. Two trailer loads is about all my back can stand at one time. I have a small chainsaw mill that fits on my bar and I slab out chunks of wood. It’s also called a beam maker but you can cut any size slab you want to. All you have to do is move the board that the mill runs on over and screw it down. You also have to sharpen your chain...
I know, weird title, but I am busy celebrating the release of my latest video, “The Making of the Rocker Cradle.” Sure had a lot of fun with this one. As they say, “what I really want to do is direct…” Okay, maybe not. Hope you enjoy the clip. Cheers! video
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