Yesterday I had a blog all written and ready to publish. It was a quarter of nine my time and I was feeling good because I usually post by about nine fifteen. I was ahead of the game and it was a great way to start off my Monday. Then in the blink of an eye – POOF!!!! Our power went off. It remained off for nearly five hours. I knew the post was lost. I do pretty well in power outages here. They don't happen frequently (usually less than once a year) but on a bright, sunny...
Well, first thing this morning, after the morning pill intake, was to set up a sharpening station that my back could handle. On the kitchen stove, we have a wooden tray. It is to cover the elements when the stove is not in use. Thanks to the height of the tray on the stove, I could set up the oil stones and sandpapers. Couple chisels needed a refresher on the grinder, but most just need some work on the stones and a final polish at 2K grit. Wound up doing 9 chisels, but not the goug...
Project Inspiration A couple of months ago, Woodsmith magazine had a shop built belt sander on the cover which inspired me to try to build my own. I’ve been using a handheld Dewalt Belt sander with a stand as a bench sander but have been frustrated with the small sanding area. I also had to fix a broken shaft screw using super glue so I know that its days are numbered. The Woodsmith version was designed to take advantage of a lathe to drive the sander when the lathe is not in use but...
It has taken two and a half weeks, but I am finally there, and the new bed is completed, since I quoted SWMBO three weeks, I am happy that I came in, in time! The original idea was to varnish the bed so that it was a natural pine colour, but… If that’s natural pine, my names Santa Claus, it reminded me of cheap pine kitchen furniture in my youth…orange! So the search went on, and we decided on an Oak matt varnish. Another change was the top mattress support,...
Well, the lower back settled down for a while…..set with a HOT heating pad on it for a day and a half. Could finally walk more than 10’ without going OUCH! Got bored sitting around, didn’t have anything to “baste” the back with while it was baking.. meandered SLOWLY down the steps to the Dungeon Shop…..stairs and my back are NOT are speaking terms to each other. Had the correct tools back from the Loft Bed Project in one hand, and a pine 1×6 in ...
So as most of you know I finished my cabinet a few weeks ago save the drawers. Since my mother’s garage cabinets that some of you have seen, I have had an outright war with drawers. I cannot seem to get them right, ever. I have tried the expensive soft close all the way to the under and side mount white roller slidey ones. This time was no different. I bought those crappy white roller wheel sliders because they were cheap and I wanted to try something new (not to mention it was fo...
Been working off and on planning and building the wine racks to be inserted into the icebox cavities. I precut all the parts with all precisely measured dadoes and added a 1/8” bevels on appropriate edges. The glue up proceeded in multiple stages using strategically placed 1” pin nails to keep the pieces from sliding about during clamp up Satisfied with the joinery fit and strength of the unit here’s what the outcome looked like. Just for grins-n-giggles, I w...
At this rate, it might take awhile. Managed to get one hour of work in, before the back started to have …”issues” Laid out the lines on the end panel, had to check several times to make sure that THIS was the way the pins go. Since some diddn’t like my use of the old crosscut saw to cut pins with, I tried out the Disston backsaw I have.. Had a lot of trouble with the cuts, even with some wax on the blade…..ah, needed the rip style one. This saw was le...
It is coming along nicely now.Ready for roofing. Progress Done. Doors and windows. Insulation, wiring and sheetrock. Ready for siding.
Yesterday was another busy day. I had so many parcels to package up and ship out that it took me most of the day to get everything done. I was fortunate to get to the post office by 4pm, as they closed at 5 and it took them nearly an hour just to process all the parcels. It was a good day. I am really pleased at the response to my little pumpkin surface. (SLDPK127 on my site) Talk about an unexpected response! I have another fairly large batch to cut again over the weekend as well. It...
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