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Cold weather certainly doesn’t help when most of your cutting, sanding and routing has to be done under the patio cover. I know that most of my Buddies on LJs are in worse weather regions than I am, but still, brrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Cold weather also complicates disabilities. The aches and pains are a little worse, some have to stay warm because of medicines or treatments and generally when you have a disability such as cancer, your immune system is compromised. SO PLEASE, BE CAREFUL, I P...
We recently moved to this new house we are renting and I justfound out yesterday there is a window shutter company rightby my house. They build Shutters out of all kinds of wood.Well I sent them an email today and they responded they havea sale on the first Thursday of every month selling their scraps bythe bundle! So May 6th I may have to escape work early and check outthis sale. So those of you who are new to where you live its good to go check thingsout locally and who knows you may find f...
A couple of days ago I decided it was time to build a rack to organize my nuts, bolts, screws, washers and other fasteners. I don’t know how I got so many but man, they are everywhere. As I sort thru them I am listing them and anything else I either don’t need, use or have more than one of on ebay. So far I’ve listed over 75 items I think and still have more to go. A couple of items are either rare or expensive like a Starrett calibrated master square set (http://cgi.ebay.co...
I am amazed how many projects come to me from other people.it seems every time I try to work on my stuff, I am side tracked buy a new project from someone else. I have been working hard on redoing my shop, finally I am making progress, then there was the knock on the door from my friend across the street” who buy the way is a black smith, with cool tools”. He has a project he would like to make for his wife for Christmas. As I should be working on something for my wife, but I agre...
The new saw bench is working out great. Very strudy, with no side to side wobbling. The saw Im using was given to me by a friend. Its a old Disston with one missing tooth. It cuts very straight, and very quick to my surprise. The ends of my cuts are farily square, for someone who doesnt have alot of time behind one of these. I think this bench will be a great exercise in using these larger hand saws. From the look on my face one could gather that hand tools can replace a membership to a gym ;...
Four days off from blogging and I’m back with a new project underway, Tom’s back to school, and ones returning to the nest. I want to close out my shop maintenance week by telling you that I accomplished just about everything I set out to do. The shop is clean and organized, blades are sharp, things that should be square are and my mind is rested. I must say that it’s something that everyone who works in a shop should try and do at least once a quarter. My last posting I was asking for...
What Type of finish do you use? Finishing is a common question among woodworkers. I know for me when I first started finishing it was almost dreadful. I loved to build things but when it came to finishing I almost wanted to leave it bare wood. I built a oak dart board, I guess you could call it a case several years back and when it came time to finish it I ruined it. I applied two many coats two fast and didn’t take the propper steps to apply a quality finish. When it was done I thr...
In this episode I use a template to cut out a design for the top part of the side panels. Then I talk about jointery for the shelvs and then I cut the wood used for the jointery.
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