So I finally made it back into the shop courtesy of a nasty flu bug that knocked my wife flat and forced me to stay home from work. Given that my shop space is limited I had done some thinking about how to sequence the work flow and had decided that I should do as much cutting and sanding as possible before I start assembling anything. I am fortunate to have a 2 car garage so assembly space isn’t a big issue it just means forcing a car outside until I can get the project out of there. ...
Started off working on my saw horses. I definitely appreciated the advice to build a saw bench, but it was going to be significantly more involved than the extremely basic set of stacking saw horses I did build. Plus it can’t stack, which was a huge detractor. I will likely build one later on, but probably not until I have a functional bench in place. This was the first time I had ever used a handsaw and attempted to do more than a rough cut to fit oversized studs in the back of my truck. It ...
Anyone who read my intro will know, I know basically nothing about fine woodworking. Transferable skills I have is the ability to work a saw, a driver, a nail gun, and lift heavy things. What started with an 8 minute video on YouTube and was fueled by having just binge watched Parks and Rec (Ron Swanson anyone?) not 3 weeks prior, has culminated in a regular obsession with woodworking. I had a mild interest in it after watching Parks and Rec as well as Rick Offerman’s stand-up comedy, a...
This is my first entry and I am just starting out with wood working. For Christmas I had started making my fiancé a painters pallet. She is an artist and I wanted to make something aestheticly pleasing but also functional. I thought this would be a simple enough first project. I purchased a price of black walnut, kiln dried with a live edge. It’s a beautiful piece of wood. I mapped out my cups and began chiseling. All was well for a while but I don’t have the best tools as I ...
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...
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