I don’t usually sand with 60 grit, but I went through disc after disk getting the last of the bark off the sides and getting it rough sanded. I’ve left a tiny bit of the inner layer of bark here and there because it is quite difficult to get all of it off. I will apply a bit of finish over a section at some point to see how it looks before deciding if I need to go the extra mile. Because of the sharp angle on most of the edge, it will not be particularly visible day to day. He...
I left the bark on the piece for my coffee table, but thought if it ever became a problem, I’d take it off. My understanding is that the bark is safe to keep on if the slab has been kiln dried. Air dried bark will have bugs. Since this is a gift, I’m taking the bark off from the beginning. The bark was pretty stubborn on this piece. i’d heard that some folks find an angle grinder handy to do this. I found it helpful, but not as helpful as a more sophisticated tool I ...
Building a Ditty Box--first project for my nephew #4: Learning some more new skills, completing the main box
I haven’t been taking as many pictures the last bit, but we’ve made a lot of progress. We we neared the completion of the main box, we needed to make some bevels on the bottom trim. Rather than resort to the router, we went for the more hand finished look, making the bevels with a plane.They came out really well, and after assembly, he also beveled the corners as you’ll see below. It all turned out very nice. Next came the glue up of the bottom trim pieces and the inst...
Building a sandpaper cabinet to store all my sanding products. http://youtu.be/7Lcru-W7rGc
Recently, there was a bit of concern expressed regarding a board that was posted as a project. it got me to thinking (a rare occurrence) that some folks might not understand or appreciate the dedication, skill and work that is involved in the making of a board. Hence this blog/tutorial. First, lets define the term for those not familiar with boards. Most authorities agree that a board is a flat slab of wood or other material for some specific purpose. For our purposes, we’ll limit th...
Why I Buy Used Power Tools Alright, below is my spiel on why I buy used tools. Just like the rest of my posts, I am not claiming this to be gospel truth, but this is my thought process when it comes to making large power tool purchases. Hopefully this won’t overlap with my craigslist blog too much, but I feel they are different topics and each deserve their own post. When I acquired a real shop (a garage) for the first time about 18 months ago, I happily set out to look at purchasing my...
It all started with a old dryer that had a very good motor. I took it out of the dryer, cleaned it and after a short inspection I decided it could use a new life. I operated the motor mounted on a short scrap wood and used a saw to shorten the shaft and then a rasp to make it suitable for my needs. Had a friend turn a 4” flange to hold an MDF disc sized 10.2” with 6 bolts. Drilled the disc and prepared the surface for flash mounting the bolts. While the ...
As some may remember….My Grizzly Bear made it into “The Lair”.It was a potentially dangerous and harrowing trip…. With my G0458 18” Open Ended Drum Sander resting comfortably and all cleaned up and ready to perform….I plugged it in, flipped the switch…. It is alive….For about a split second…. then the fuse blew!!!Yeah, I said FUSE…. all the circuits for “The Lair” are fuses!!! ;^( Short story long…. There is o...
How to make a simple cutting board and a few tips and tricks to help get the most out of your tools. Check it out.
This weekend I was going through one of my wood books. That’s about all I can do right. In the last year I had 4 surgery’s on my knee. The last one was in February when I had a seizure and actually broke my leg, I never thought that could happen. Anyway back to the book. I saw a ad about the woodmaster planer sander and molder. It was a bit weird it factory is about 45 min from my house. Anyway all comments good or bad would be helpful. Thanks Tim:
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