Today my band saw decided it wanted some attention. I admit have been just changing blades and running lately. Today it held a small rebellion. First thing I noticed was a sort of knocking sound as it ran, so I turned off the saw, unplugged it and investigated. The 1/8 inch blade I put on yesterday was not riding on the tire on the lower wheel. So I did like we used to do on the small offset presses, I started taking things apart until solved the problem. In this case it was the additi...
I created a video showing the construction of a Fliptop Tool Stand I built for my planer and oscillating spindle sander. My shop, like so many others is inside a small two car garage with some days feels like a one car garage. Space is not something I have a lot of and because the house I live in is a rental and only temporary, I can’t build cabinets like I’d like and or don’t want to put in the effort to build something that I’ll just have to remove and take apart whe...
It’s hard to believe just two short years ago the only hand tools I owned were a retractable measuring tape and a few miniature tools (6” nail bar, vise grips, etc). Then I joined Lumberjocks and shortly thereafter The Hand Plane Swap. That’s when I got The Affliction (or it got me)! I bought two block planes, then a bench plane, then…you get the idea. It didn’t stop with planes. I went to check out a Craig’s List ad for planes and not finding any in my pri...
If you have started collecting your tools as the funds become available, you might find yourself looking like this more and more. At least I hope you will. It’s really a great experience. Credit to Nick Offerman Woodshop “The Dusty Proprietor” (Photo by Emily Shur) As for continuing down the road of cutting and milling. You will probably inevitably find yourself looking for your work horse. Most likely 1 to 3 horses of raw electrical power to be more accurate. ...
In my last Blog post about Bare Essential Woodworking I described the basic overview of rough cost to get into this hobby for a future woodworker on a Low Budget. Using those steps you should be off to a good start. If you have bought something to cut and cut with you are probably starting to feel like this. Credit to Nick Offerman and his inspirational wood shop. I am going to skip by the Idea/Plan phase of a project. The inspiration for that was well described in the last post but ...
Medieval reenactment aka Pennsic or the Pennsic War. I taught woodworking of course.they call me Kai SaerPren there. We got a couple of really nice Cherry butts from a local firewood seller, there’s not enough time to actually make something but we do get to run through a gamut of skills: starting with riving, then hewing, shaving, planing, sawing, marking and making a draw bore mortice and tennon, everyone gets to have some hands-on ti...
So after restoring the Brace and Bit last week I got really hooked on restoring old tools. There is something about old tools… that is really amazing and bringing them back to life is so much fun. Ok so to make one thing clear, I like restoring these tools and using them, not just collecting them. I think that these tools where made to be used not just put up for display. I also filmed the restoration process and the video is here: So this week I won an Ebay auction and for $10 I go...
Last time I posted I had glued down the boxes bodies with the inside already french polished I worked on gluing the marquetry panels to the trimmed to size lid My favorite moment is when you see it glued down right way up for the first time, it appears slowly while you remove the paper This glueing of the marquetry on both side had to be precise has they had to be perfectly centered as well as the right way up as when you open the box the owner will appreciate to g...
I’m starting to restore an older logging saw. The handles were extremely dried out and the blade is of course rusty. I took both handles off and gave them a good inspection for cracks or anything else that would make them break. With nothing found wrong I moved on to the next step and that was a basic and quick cleaning. I used 320 grit sand paper to clean any rough edges off and get a smooth finish. Using boiled linseed oil I coated the handles heavily and let the oil soak it. what a d...
The wood siding clapboards on your house will expand during hot weather and shrink during cold weather. Over time, this repeated shrinking and expanding can cause the clapboards to warp, split, and crack. If you have damaged clapboards on your house, the easiest way to repair them is to replace them with new brand-new pieces. You’re going to need several different tools to do this job. You’ll need a pry bar, a hammer, a utility knife, a hand saw, some caulk, a box of siding nails, and your re...
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