It's sunny outside and looks to be a beautiful day. I can see the tops of the trees along the riverbank swaying in the breeze though, so I am certain that although it looks warm outside, it is a bit deceiving. As we work our way into March, I am thinking that it is more 'lion-like' than 'lamb-like' and that we will just have to have a bit more patience for milder weather. In all honesty, this winter has gone by very quickly. Perhaps the reason that I am not so annoyed with...
Dowelmax is a 5 star toolMy journey to building (making a joint that will last!) led me to the Festool Domino, but then I came across the joint of “dowels”. HmmmmI watched the videos on www.dowelmax.com Very well presented by the owner and creator. Here is what sold me: Money back guarantee, the test results comparing dowels to tennon, biscuits … Ease of use: You will get a paper instruction booklet and video. It will explain/show to you many and I mean many types of situations of dowel...
This blog contains updated links to my reference blogs on table saws, saw blades, router bits, and planes. It’s intent is one-stop shopping without the need to sort through the myriad of ramblings and project entries in my main blog list. - The ABCs of Table Saws (a tutorial on table saw classifications, differences, and features) - Tips for Picking Saw Blades - Bargain Saw Blades - Extending the Rip Capacity on a Table Saw - Strategies for Choosing Router Bits (a begin...
I frequent antique dealer’s web sites, to view American period furniture for new project ideas. Recently I came across a rather interesting piece, a chair that I find quite rustic for the price asked. But hey, who am I to judge the value. I guess we are in a seller’s market where handcrafted furniture can command what the buyer will bear.To see what I mean, visit this site to see a $3,000.00 chair: bridgesovertime.com/mauro-mori-handmade-rose-albitia-chair-cappellini/ OK, I s...
Since I am gone away traveling because of my day job I wanted to find a way to still share and contribute to the woodworking community while gone. I have started a new series on Woodshop Confessions which will be called the “Away from the shop” series. Here I am giving a brief overview of my multi-purpose table. I hope you enjoy and please like, comment, subscribe, and share! http://youtu.be/IDz4S8B3phQ
A while back, I put together a set of links of random finishing topics which I posted in my blog, called Finishing Tips #5: Finishing tips #5. One of the links listed coved the topic of Chemical-Ebonizing as I saw an interest from some concerning the procedure, so this is the time to single out that process. This process does not use dye, ink or paint, and can be carried out quite easily. As a matter of formality follow proper safety precautions such as wearing safety glasses, hand prot...
Here you can find all the link to the Maritime show. I featured as the spot light on Jan 3 7:oopm EST come check it out. http://www.mfwoodshop.com/2015/01/the-woodworkers-weekend-shop-talk/#more-720
What a year… It has both been a long year and a short year… confusing I know, basically it seemed like a very short year work wise it just whizzed by. But on the flip side a long year that seem to drag on at home with the major project the bar. At one stage I thought I wasn’t going to get it to a usable stage for xmas and new year due to water proofing it, then other little things hampered my efforts including motivation and a little depression. My pride and joy motorcycl...
Before You Buy A Laser—There are three things to consider when selecting a laser: Size Matters. A lot! The larger the bed the more copies of a piece you can make saving reload time. Also, many jobs need to be produced on a larger bed laser. The 18” X 24” is fine for a large percentage of the market. Some of the higher priced cabinet doors, skateboard decks, and furniture need to have a large bed laser. If I had it to do over, I would have purchased the largest unit Epilog makes...
This is my second year of owning an Epilog Helix 24 X 18, 50 watt laser. In this blog I offer my experience and insight in helping woodworkers who are considering buying, or have just bought, a laser engraver. I am not the greatest wood worker—just an average guy with some tools. When I saw a demonstration of the Epilog, I could see so many opportunities for wood working. Opportunities I never considered – until now. As a retired, disabled woodworker some tasks in the shop were a chal...
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