Gift Horse PowerThe shop is only a year and a half own and I am constantly cleaning and organizing. Tools have accumulated quicker than I can file them. Kristin’s Grandfather has been giving me tools like crazy.Just two weeks ago(along with yard tools and some nice portable power tools) I received the following: He still had the original documentation. I am not sure what to do with it since I have a large floor press. Love the design. Salvage yardI also have a problem with coll...
In the last few months i have been watching my barn wood pile slowly fading away . It may have something to due the fact that i built close to 50 birdhouses in the last year . Well a few days ago i was out for a drive and i stumbled onto this old barn that was falling down .It is located about 5 miles out of town from where i live . I went and talk to the owner and he mentioned that it was great timing because he planned on taking the barn down this coming May . I told the farmer who i was...
After a seemingly successful beach driftwood project earlier this summer, I knew that the next trip to the beach would include a hunt for more treasures, perhaps even ones of the slightly buried variety. Again the family returned to Sargent and again the Texas tides did not disappoint. My wife actually went to the beach with the kiddos a day prior to me and upon seeing her later that evening; she said “I saw a piece of wood you may be interested in.” “Cool!” I said, thinking that I have ...
A couple of years ago someone gave me a grotty old roof beam from a demolished building. Two days ago I needed a plank as an Alaskan guide rail and this old beam was just the right size, but needed to be cleaned up to give my jig a smooth ride. This is what showed up after planing and sanding. Does anyone know what this wood is? I suspect it may be Oregon Pine purely because of it’s age and where/how is was used. I’d like to know if it worth getting the nails out of it and ...
So, yesterday while slabbing some Eucalyptus where is was felled in town, our local feller stopped by to ask if I wanted some log sections of a tree they had just felled. When I asked what it was he didn’t know, but promised to fine out from one of our local tree experts. True to his word, he drove by half an hour later and told me it was New Zealand Kauri Pine. I knew nothing about it, but his best chainsaw man told me it was quite hard, and the sample he had with him looked quite...
With my wife being at her mother’s in preparation for Christmas I am home alone. I got in from the shop earlier and thought to myself “All this free time and I came back home???” Back to the shop! I did a well needed clean up and blow out and found myself with some rare, spare shop time. So here’s what I started. A couple days ago I found another sofa headed to the landfill. I had a small sledge and a razor blade knife so I decide why not. After chopping most of...
It has only been four short years since I bought my first house. At the time I had no handyman skills to speak of; heck I didn’t even know how to use a drill without obliterating the screw heads. What can I say, I’ve been a bit sheltered, but life is good, and I have been learning more and more since moving in. At any rate, as far as I was concerned a garage was where the cars and outdoor tools lived. No more, no less. Nearly a year ago, I decided to take up woodworking as ...
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I have only ever dealt with smallish pieces of already dried Saligna, and my current slabbing operation is teaching me a few things.First – Fresh-cut Eucalyptus is HARD. It took us about 30-40 minutes to cut each of the approximately 3m slabs.Second – Fresh-cut Eucalyptus dulls chainsaw blades quite quickly. I was getting less than 2 slabs per sharpening. That’s ridiculous - I slabbed the whole Yellowwood trunk without needing to sharpen the chain even once.Third – S...
I started out with a fairly hefty workbench from the house’s previous owner, but it’s in a place not appropriate for a woodshop, and it’s not easy to move to where I do want my shop (the garage). Given that the space that it’s in is my main art studio, and it’s useful for that, I decided to leave it there and come up with a different bench for my woodwork.The space I had available…well, let’s call it available in theory, as at the time I decided to se...
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