My last (and only) attempt at a Craft/Art show was not a huge success. Other than good company and a festive atmosphere, it was a lot of work for little sales. You guys all know that woodworking is an expensive hobby (or business for you talented guys) and if you don’t make some money, you are limited in what you can do (or what the wife will allow you to do.) I have been placing a few boxes in boutiques and galleries instead of at shows. I’ve had the same lackluster resul...
Rested and refreshed the wife and I headed back to the Art and Antique sale with renewed vigor. One day of slow (actually nonexistent) sales wouldn’t deter us from putting a fine box in the hands of every American. When we pulled our trusty Ford F-150 into the venue there were plenty of parking spaces. Hmmm…. we arrived at the same time as yesterday and had to squeeze into a spot then. Is this an omen that the crowds on Saturday were much larger than we’d find today? ...
This past weekend there was an estate sale in Ottawa, IL. The owner of the estate apparently was a huge tool collector, because there were more planes on sale there than I’ve ever seen in my life. For example, the owner had five No. 113s, at least five #12s, more block and bench planes than I could keep track of, and the ever elusive and ever-so-tiny Stanley #1. Since I’ve been looking for a few things, I figured I might as well make the 1:15 drive from Downers Grove and ...
A new and interesting way to buy and sell woodworking plans has just come to the woodworking world. Its called Saw Tooth Ideas and it is a website where woodworkers can buy plans for projects or sell plans they made. Read more about it here: http://www.newenglandswoodworking.com/saw-tooth-ideas/
First, let me say that I am absolutely i no way affiliated with this auction or the seller. A friend of mine sent me the link because he knows I like woodworking tools and saw the shop that was closing happened to be somewhat near me. Looks like a pretty giant selection of tools. Everything from big power tools to a few hand tools. I’m not really in the market for anything at the moment, but figured I’d share this in case your deal hounds were looking to score a tool or two....
I had a Ryobi 14 Amp 10 in. Compound Mitre Saw. It was working fine but could only cut a max of 5 inches wide boards. I was in the market for a new on but all of the sliding miter saw was so costly. I even considered a Harbor Freight one, but even at that it was a $100 and more for one. I decided to check out craigslist.com and found a Kobalt one there for s feel. Well, after I got home I found out why it was so cheap – it was not square. I tried a couple of time to square it up but it...
I have been anxious to get the cameras out and do some more video so I did an update from the American Craftsman Workshop. Thanks to the following guys for helping me get my own site started. It is a work in progress at the moment, but they really helped me figure a lot of things out sooner than later. Marc Spagnuolo – thewoodwhisperer.com Matt Vanderlist – mattsbasementworkshop.com Brian Havens – brianhavens.us Troy Bouffard – birchhillwoodcrafts.com ...
SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!(That was my happy scream!) JEI GOT A NEW SHINY!!!!! Ok so Sears had the Craftsman 21833 Contractor Saw on sale for $100 off to craftsman club members, so I been scrimping and saving and working to earn enough to get it before the sale runs out on the 27th. Well today I happen to look at the site and I see they have a free delivery thing going on (I only live 5 mins away from the nearest sears but hey, if its free…) and anyways, it would quality for an...
Well, I picked one of these up today from HD. $184.50 plus tax. Looks like they are clearing them out. Wonder if that long rumored new BS from Ridgid is about to finally show up? Sales person said they had 3 yesterday morning. I got the last one this morning. I left straight from there and headed over to Rockler. Picked up a 1/8 inch Olson blade. Took me the rest of the evening, but I got it up and running. Doesn’t appear to be too bad. A little vibration, but not as bad a...
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