As winter comes up on the horizon I will be doing most of my work with the garage closed. That will make my dust problems even worse. I have had Asthma all of my life. It improved as I reached adulthood but probably not as much as it would have if I had not been smoking a pack a day for 15 years. Hey if you drank a fifth or two of Vodka a day you would smoke too! LOL All I can say for that is my 7 year old son got me to stop smoking last Christmas by telling me not to bother coming back in...
It was another day of fun and creativity yesterday. I had originally planned on cutting out the next candle tray, but it was quite windy and rainy all day long. I need to do a quick routing on the edges of each of the trays and I usually do that outside, but the weather just wasn’t cooperating. Even though it only takes a few minutes to rout, I thought it best to wait and go on to ‘plan B’. I like having a ‘plan B’. I think it is something that everyone sh...
I’ve cut and installed the corner and end blocks on the mold with just a dab of glue, so when I remove the mold, they release easily. These are what the ribs (sides) attach to. The blocks are made of willow because of its lightness and the added benefit that it is a fairly straight grained wood which makes cutting with the inside gouge an easy task. I then drew the points and top and bottom using the template. These are two different violins – reason for two templates. U...
Project Status: Planning phase This is a sketch of the workbench. I’m still working on some of the design/looking for parts and ideas. This plan includes the “less expensive” top… I will eventually put a really nice top on it, but need something functional right off. It will also include two veritas vises: Front Vise and Twin-Screw Vise I like these two vises but will add a bit of cost to the top. Some questions about the future top: Round or...
My miter saw station. The middle section might be versatile and house other tools that would benefit from a larger out-feed table. Project Status: Lumber Purchased
In this series we will be talking Custom…. a custom made Torque WorkCentre that is..A short time ago I was approached by a rather large Cabinetmaking/Joinery company with regards a special job they need to do…It seems that as part of a multi million dollar contract, they need to make a variety of desks, both stand alone and with returns [ so this means that some have two gable ends and some only one..]. The desks were made from 54 mm [just over 2 inches] thick plywood ranging in...
I’M BRINGING THIS FORWARD SO IT ISN’T SO HARD TO FIND. SO FAR WE WERE WORKING ON A NOVEMBER 6th DATE FOR THE GATHERING, . SO, I’M ASKING EVERYONE AND ALSO THE DETROIT GANG, TO COME ON UP TO DEWITT, IF WE CAN GET THE HALL THERE, AND THERE IS A SAWYER LESS THAN 15 MINUTES AWAY FROM THERE, THAT THOSE THAT WISH TO, CAN GO AND PICK UP SOME GREAT DEALS. WE NEED TO GET A SEMI ACCURATE HEAD COUNT SO DON’T SAY YOU’RE COMING IF YOU DON’T HAVE ANY DESIRE TO ATTEND, YO...
Tommy has done it again. His updated website is now provided twenty plus video clips of the Tool Box Build. FYI, Tommy released a DVD on this project about a year ago. I bought it when it came out and all I can say is that it is a well produced, high quality product. Now, it’s even better. Tommy is giving it to us. That’s right.. FREE BABY!.. Follow this link to get to T’s website. http://www.thomasjmacdonald.com/ Now, look in the lower right corner under “What&...
I talked to Billy J. the other day, David Craig and Rustic Rick, they all liked the idea but Rick didn’t want to have anything to do with the planning, and I don’t blame him. He’s had a hand, along with me in two of the last 3 get togethers we had. He said something about a gettogether at a woodworking show, but I’m talking about a meal together with friends, maybe sharing some wood with each other or something. The last one was great, but it was too long ago. I would ...
I was absolutely overwhelmed by the positive response to my Zig Zag How To blog post yesterday, that I decided to brainstorm some possible combinations (on my lunch break) using the basic steps I outlined yesterday. All of the same techniques and steps apply, and really the only difference is the woods and measurements that make up the original “sticks.” Same rules apply to width = height. Length is up to you. Please experiment with whatever measurements and combinations strike...
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