Probably the most paranoid I have ever been starting an engine. But start it did. Purred like a Kitten. Tracking worked wonderful. Then with breath held, I went through the log. SWEET! I couldn’t take video since I was alone and kind of had my hands full with other things. This was a Beetle Kill Pine log. Look out Andy, I am coming thru!
Just finished it up and thought I would share a few more in progress pics that didn’t make it to the project page. Taking a BLO bath :-)
From a 200 year old ruin to a workshop, a 3 year journey... #3: With a little bit of help from a friend...
And there he was, our friend from the Netherlands to help us out. Just for a week or so. Soon we found out that it’s a big advantage to be 22, big and strong. Did we had thought of making a hole in the wall to get everything to the back yard? Yes, we did, but making a hole, where you can go through with a wheel barrel, into a 70 cm thick wall of stones, made us thinking about it, thinking! It must have been about 6 hours later, and there it was, our future door opening all the way up t...
Today’s post is going to be rather short. I did accomplish a great deal yesterday and finished up my drawing for the next project. Today I am going to cut the pieces out and begin the painting process. That is always fun for me. While I love the woodworking part of my job and really enjoy the scrolling, I also love doing the painting process on things, too. I am often torn between creating painting patterns and scrolling patterns and many times I try to do both versions of the sa...
We finally gave up tonight. So close we could taste it, but not enough daylight to finish and fire it up. So much tedious little stuff to make sure everything is lined up properly. Optimistic though, ordered a bunch of blades today.
As mentioned in my Workbench Blog I was planning to replace the gents style handle on my 8” Crown Gents Dovetail Saw with a more suitable one. This will be more of a photo essay than anything but lets just say most the pics are of take 2 of this event lol. I am pretty happy with myself for getting the saw kerf cut free hand with nothing more than a scribe line and a HF flush cut saw :-) Sadly I was so “in the moment” that I forgot to take pics of the procedure. I hope ...
Ok, so I got a little distracted with getting my hand plane assortment ready for work. I still have a couple more to go and another on the way but as it sits now I have a fully functional selection of old Stanleys that should get me wherever I need to go with them. Now as I sit here preparing to cut my first ever dovetails (seriously have never done this before) I need to get my saws in order. I have been putting off sharpening these for a while now and it is time I gave them some a...
I debated whether to even post or not today because there isn’t much that I can show you. I am in the midst of drawing up a new pattern that I will be offering as a painting pattern and kit, and it is kind of ‘in process’ and I would rather have it finished up a bit more before I show you all what it looks like. I am thinking that I will also do a scrolled version of this pattern for the woodworkers, but that will need to be done a little later because I have several dead...
After the dust was gone we could see what we bought. It’s strange to realize that just a decade ago, somebody lived in this building. No water, no toilet, no electricity. It must have been a simple and poor life for the old lady that spend her last years in this, what used to be the main house of a farm. As a woodworker, tears get in to your eyes, seeing that the former owner didn’t clean out the property before putting it down. The big stone wall went half thru the flo...
Time to cover Friday evening’s and today’s work. The next step was to notch in the ends of the strips to fit in the upper tray frame. Things went okay for the most part. Except for one piece… The top strip was my first attempt at this piece. I had already done the short ones and knew the long ones were to be cut different. That did not stop me from doing it wrong anyway! On my second attempt, I got the outer notches on the correct side, but mis-located the inboard ...
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