I suppose I need to reevaluate my definition of the meaning of having 'time off'. While I had a wonderful weekend, I had intended to take a couple of "me" days and just putz around the house here and do some things completely for myself. I also wanted to catch up on a couple of things like bringing out the autumn decorations (we don't have many, but I like them anyway) and changing my all season tree to a cool Halloween theme. After all, we are now into the last week of ...
We have had rain for several days as the remnants of the hurricane that hit the Baja has drifted over Texas and onto our heads! So I couldn’t go to the lumber yard. Instead, I went through my lumber rack and dug up all of the maple I could find and a few pieces of poplar. I managed to mill enough for the six top drawers. These drawers have 4 inch sides so there were a few pieces that got glued together and then milled. The drawer fronts have half blind dovetails. The rear of e...
Why buy it when you can make it! #13: Birthday Party Activity [Part 1] - 20 Duck push toys need lots and lots of wheels
With the break point in my dresser rehab project (waiting for a day when I can spray the paint top coat on the dresser), I got started on my daughter’s birthday party activity. Inspired by the Grasshopper pull toy posted by Marc Spagnoulo, I decided to adapt the idea as a birthday party activity for my daughter’s 3rd birthday. My wife and I are a more of the hands-on “make it” type amongst a pool of not so hands on friends. I suggested the idea to my wife that, R...
So quite awhile back I was blessed with a Walker Turner 14” bandsaw for just $100 bucks, which I lauded as my way to finally resaw all these cool boards I’ve ammassed- and to this day I still cant get the blade to stay on. Harumph! So I finally got fed up and said to myself, how hard can it be to resaw by hand!? Since I got my Disston D-7 5 1/2 ppi rip saw, I haven’t even tried! My previous attempts were so awful, that I was discouraged… I started with a test p...
I recently made a mount for my iPhone that I could use with a tripod to record video. It was so simple to make and has worked so great that I decided to make a quick video showing how to make one. It’s stupid easy to make and really works great. So much better than trying to lean the phone up against something or using a quick-clamp to keep it in place. You can watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Df8crqSAQhQ
Well, it’s been a bit of a drawn out project, more so than I originally thought it would be. I began this project with much enthusiasm, quickly got all the parts milled and most of the joinery cut, but then BAM! Ph. D. thesis writing time! No, I am not done writing yet, but I’m in the final stages and on track to finish and have it submitted some time in August. I was able to finish this shoe rack build mostly because whenever I got frustrated or tired of writing I would spend ...
Every woodworker has a pile of lumber just sitting around. This weekend use some of it up to make a decorative pencil holder. Link to Video and Link to my Website
Here we are at a long overdue entry in this series. I have still been working on this project (as well as a few others), but only sporadically since I am also in the middle of writing a Ph. D thesis, so further updates on this project may be few and far between for the next few months. Last time I left off with all of the joinery cut. I had not yet assembled any of the pieces, but I did do a test fit and everything fit together more-or-less to my satisfaction. There was one piece I showed ...
Well, the fat lady hasn’t sung, but she’s warming up! Since last we spoke (read?) the walnut received a true oil finish and I glued it all up and drilled for the hardware! I pre-finished as much of the walnut as possible with 3 coats of Tried & True varnish oil following Christian Becksvoort’s method laid out in FWW #152 Circa 2001. This stuff is very viscus and I found heating it up using a small jar on a candle warmer made it wipe on much easier and sped up the d...
Hello All, Just found some time to send an update to Lumber Jocks. Spud Woodworks is growing once more, this time I have launched a new product line! I acquired a NEW in the box 1995 Delta Scroll Saw on Ebay… That’s right, I couldn’t believe it when I came across it! And it is beautiful and works amazingly. Anyhow, I decided to start making wood puzzles and I designed my first set of them to begin selling. I also added some walnut and maple blocks to my wooden blocks p...
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