So, this is an introduction to Jason. I am 27 years old and have always been active with some sort of project or another. My first experience with woodworking was in middle school shop class and carried all the way through high school where I spent as much time as I could in the wood shop. After high school the lack of access to a shop led me away from doing anything with woodworking and really any sort of projects at all. Then I got married and moved into my own house and the projects ...
I live in the urban San Francisco Bay Area in the smaller city of San Leandro between Oakland and Hayward in the East Bay. That means I have some advantages and some disadvantages when it comes to woodworking. The main advantage is the availability of free wood (hardwood pallets are everywhere and broken furniture on craigslist and curbsides) and good prices on old used tools. The main disadvantage for me is the cost of housing. Because of that I rent a two bedroom duplex with very little usa...
My first “real” carving and first time ever posting the process of a piece of work, so please just have patience with me :) The fish began with a piece of driftwood I found in the creek behind my house. It already had a nice curve to it, was fairly solid and had a natural “mouth” which I immediately thought would make a pretty cool fish. (sorry I don’t have a pic of the driftwood before I began sanding it some, I just wanted to see what it look...
So today I decided to start blogging about my journey. Not so that anyone would actually read it, but mostly as a way for me to look back and see where I started, assuming I get some place with the whole thing. If you read this, you should know a few things about me first… One, I am a school counselor by trade, so I have NO formal training in anything with my hands. What I know about the mechanics of things honestly could be put in a children’s book written and illustrated b...
I might have crossed a line today. I had picked up a Kunz #80 scraper for $7.50 and a Sargent 409 for $12 at an auction a couple of weeks ago. There was a real nice Stanley #5 but it sold for $65 and I do have one of those. I tried out the scraper yesterday after learning which was the front. Turns out I’m a puller, not a pusher. All it would do is make a tiny pile of sawdust from the left end of the blade. Figured today would be a good time to learn setting up the #80, so...
In my previous blog I got some good advice. Don’t do this. Yet I did it. Don’t plan to be milling lumber daily but I guess I need to find out if I can? Looking for advice on lumber mill. Thinking Alaskan? Saw is 50 cc 20 inch anti kickback. Highly rated and looks like a monster. I couldn’t afford the lighter Husquavarna. I also bought a 20 inch Oregon chain that is not an anti kick back as it is suppose to be better at rip sawing? I’m going the safe route as...
Hi all, I’m Jyl.I’m obviously new here and appreciate anyone who decides it is worthy of your time to read.I am a lover of wood, building, being creative and all things small. I came back to creating with wood (and other materials) because of a health issue. I’ve found that many other hobby-workers have also had this experience so you might notice that I mention it here and there. I will certainly try to not come off as a whiner but please understand as you get to know ...
I’m trying to figure out my band saw. I’ve been told “get better blades” Will do. I filed the back of the current blade. Changed the tension, checked out the video that is pretty comprehensive about tuning it up. Raised the guide yesterday while cutting some 6 inch fir to trim it down. 1/4 inch each side. @ 6 tpi blade. Now I’m getting a sort of grinding noise from the upper wheel. Before I take it apart…SIGH I’m looking for more suggest...
I wanted a chair for my daughter’s cubby house and was looking to buy something 2nd hand. I came across a chunky pine post in my back shed and inspiration struck. I decided I could make a chest that could provide some storage for toys and double as a bench seat – I also wanted to get my head around this mortise and tenon business. I marked everything out and cut all of my tenons then cleaned them up with chisels. All hand tools so far, by necessity. I marked each ...
I’m pretty new at this, I worked in a shop last year that had the best of everything right at your fingertips. Festool power tools, a 22” planer, two cabinet saws, three 14” bandsaws, a 24” bandsaw, a 12” jointer. A dust collection system that sucked every ppm of wood dust right out of the shop. When I left, I took my hand tools. And my desire to build a comparable shop, and I moved to Southern Kentucky. Now, I’m getting there. I have a workbench a...
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