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...
Here’s a review of the Milwaukee Fastback II utility knife. Not very exciting I know, but I love this knife.
I am a woodworker, an engineer, a maker, and a tinkerer. I built myself a workbench that height adjustable and completely solid that will last for generations. The full project description is here. But if your like me, you will find that a project, though completed, is never really done. I started this blog to document my starting point for any modifications and upgrades I do to the bench. See a video of the project by clicking here if you don't have flash or watch below:
I am sure that this issue has been beaten to death but I wish for one more try. When calculating material cost do you calculate the actual material required for the project or the amount of material you will need to purchase? Case in point. I build doll furniture but that really does not matter. I calculated the actual material needed and came out to $11.00. I calculated the material required to purchase and would need to purchase $30.00 to have enough. Now I always know I can and will ...
Wayne Ash – The Workshop Guy – Video ReviewNew Wheel Design offers Super-Clear Vision Sanding.For use in Drill Presses and Electric Drills! Multi-Purpose! INTARSIA Designers will Love these Works with Wood & Plastics Multi-Purpose Wheels Clean Up Scroll Saw Patterns Quickly Smooth Edges Sharpen Chisels Slotted Wheel Helps Keep Metal Cool Video at: BigFoot Products Super-Sander
I’ve been searching for powerful CAD/CAM software that is affordable/free. I finally found it in Fusion 360 from Autodesk. They offer a full featured parametric 3D modeling software with integrated CAM. The integrated CAM makes the CAM parametric to the geometry as well. Currently, there is only a single product in the family which is free for personal/hobby use (yes legally). The full featured version is $300/year now. Come November 8, 2014, they will be offering a standard version ...
You can review this article and others at my blog www.bradfordwoodworking.blogspot.com I cover woodworking , wine, cigars and more. Since it’s been quite awhile since my last post I looked around my shop at the various items to review and discuss and decided to focus on one of my favorite/best purchases in the past few years… and while I wish it were a Sawstop that day has not yet come. I’m talking about upgrading my drill/drivers from an old worn out Craftsman drill to s...
Since it seems to be the season for table saw sleds I thought I post a video demo of my table saw sled and like to point out some of the features that sets it apart from other sleds .Some of the features are a double sliding bottom,full tilt of the blade range with zero clearence ,dado capability and several others .http://lumberjocks.com/projects/61820Here is the link to the video and it will explain all the features better than I can explain here . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70C...
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