Hey everyone! It has been crazy! I’ve launched my own website, expanded products, paid my taxes and continue to make Spud Woodworks a real opportunity for myself and my family. I did hit a rut for awhile, it was difficult going day in and day out just sitting there making the same thing over again. But it dawned on me, I can always find opportunity to improve a product, grow its customer base, and make more varied styles and editions. Over all its been exciting. Really exciting! A...
QUESTION: HOW VERSATILE IS A LARGE BLANKET CHEST OR BOX? 15 Century Chest above My opinion…EXTREMELY! Antique Pennsylvania Chest above Here are my thoughts on the simple, large, well built CHEST, dovetailed nicely or fastened with glue and screws. By the way, the items shown here I would not dare call “simple” as the craftsmen have certainly taken time and care and worked hard and meticulously for which I have much respect. 1. The Toy Box2. The Family Blanket ...
Part 3 of the introduction to the Não Só Serradura workshop. All about restoring 200 year old walls, putting on a roof and using reclaimed materials.Including the story about the Rockler Pack Rack that we won at the Whirligig Wars 2013, organized by Laney Shaughnessy at A Simple Design of Ocala and Steve Ramsey at Woodworking for Mere Mortals. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xktP5osfqPU Stop motion animation by Portugal Prankish Puppets
From a 200 year old ruin to a workshop, a 3 year journey... #15: Finally a floor in the workshop and some more...
It’s all because of a lovely lady that the floor became a reality in our workshop. Yes, she raised me and gave me my motto in life.. “Doing things for free, doesn’t mean doing them for nothing. Appreciating all work that was done, she decided, while spending a 3 months holiday in Portugal, that she could only leave after being sure that her son would finally had a finished workshop in which he could work on a brighter future. We started with the concrete beam bene...
Now, how strange it is to be all alone in your workshop, nobody around, just you, your tools and your video camera and still being nervous. Knowing that you are going to share that video with the world makes you feel watched and although you can do it over and over again until you got it right, still your feeling embarrassed while making mistakes. Maybe that insecurity will become less overtime…. I didn’t withhold me from making the second video on the 4 year long journey of re...
For some time now we’ve made blog entry’s about the restoration of a 200 year ruin into a workshop. Now we present this ongoing story in a video entry. More photo’s, more information about the journey… Hopefully there will be more video’s in the future, not only about the workshop, but also about the projects that will be made in it. Now I’m new at being in front of a camera, speaking in a non native language, so any tips and comments are welcome. ht...
Summers woodworking is hosting a creative birdhouse contest and this is my entry for that. http://youtu.be/tPPxoIxHNNQ Chris
...is my treasure and my wife’s entertainment. Part of my day job is doing service calls on a variety of issues relating to locks and doors. As such I meet a lot of people. Today I had the fortune of meeting Bill. Bill was a navy man in WWII and had his ear drums blown out by a deck gun. We were chit chatting as I did my thing and an antique work bench sitting in the corner came up. He asked if I wanted to buy it, I did and got it for cheap complete with a fair number of tools. I...
I saw a description of a double screw Moxon vise made from a pair of handscrew clamps in a recent issue of Popular Woodworking and thought it would be a useful addition to my shop. I had some seldom used handscrew clamps and a 4’ Oak 3/4” x 5 1/2”, so off I went. My first bad decision came when I considered how to remove one of the handscrews from the clamps. The clamps are designed so that the handles on the screws stop the opening of the clamp before the screw...
!https://s3.amazonaws.com/lumberjocks.com/msmhcxu.jpg! Down an an unassuming backstreet north of BURNHAM SOUTH BUCKS ENGLAND, you’ll find – improbably – 540 acres of beech and birch woodland, with cows, pigs, sheep and ponies grazing contentedly alongside dog-walkers and families out for a stroll. Equally surprisingly, this ancient pocket of gnarly forest, ponds and heath – some of the trees predate Shakespeare – is owned by the Corporation of London, who snapped it up in 1880 to ...
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