Spirostachys africana is a medium-sized (about 30 ft tall) deciduous tree with a straight clear trunk found in the warmer parts of Southern Africa. Its wood is known as tamboti, tambotie, tambootie or tambuti. It prefers growing in single-species often along watercourses or on brackish flats and sandy soils. Despite its being prone to heart-rot, it is prized in the furniture industry for its beautiful, dense and durable timber, which is reddish-brown with darker streaks, a satin-like lu...
Well, I’ve been busy with fellow LJ Kris Williams http://lumberjocks.com/rockyblue.We purchased a Norwood MX34 mobile sawmill. Our new company is called Wilfer Mobile Sawmill LLC.We offer milling services and will also be selling lumber. Our primary goal is to log and mill dead standing beetle kill pine and aspen, but we will also mill hardwood. Check out the video and our new website for more info. I’ve got some fun times ahead this summer!
In part 12 we left our intrepid sawster (Is that a word? It is now.) feeling very sorry for himself. If you haven’t read part 12, you should read that first as this is a continuation of that post. Anyhow, you can’t keep a hand tool junkie down and suitably chastised by the saw gods, I picked myself up and worked the problem. I found out that I’d mistakenly thought the problem was what is known as ‘Cows and Calves’. However that is when the bottom of the gullet...
My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1127: Finishing up Writing and a Great Woodworking Project
Good morning to you all! I am still finishing up the writing on my new patterns, but I am making headway and should be finished soon. I did want to share a great blog with you though that may interest you all. It it from my friend Jim Barry from Woodworkers Workshop . Jim always has great innovative ideas for using scroll saw and woodworking plans in unique ways. His blogs are full of great ideas and many of them include instructional videos so you can see just what he is up to. ...
Today I visited a few antique stores in a couple of small towns near Sacramento. I thought I would share what I found. In addition to a few tools I found some woodworking books including a copy of Graham Blackburn’s “Illustrated Encyclopedia of Woodworking Handtools Instruments and Devices”. Without further adieu here are the tools…. A craftsman backsaw, two bronze spokeshaves, and a buck brothers chisel. I belive these are bronze and may be home ma...
It’s snowing here so Its out of the unheated shop and staying indoors – good time to make the blade clips. I chose to use stainless steel because I waned a material that won’t rust, be strong and capable of sustaining the blade tension, and I like the color (not a big fan of brass although I do like it as an accent in some cases). I ordered some 1/2” stainless steel rods from Speedymetals a while back for no real reason when I ordered some other material as it was o...
Adventures in Tool Making #3: A Pair of Tenon Saws from a Disston Miter Saw - Shaping, Sanding, Polishing, and Finishing
Happy Fathers’ Day everyone! I got some shop time this weekend and decided to work on the pair of tenon saws again. Unfortunately, I only had time to work on one of the saws, but the procedure is the same for the other one so it doesn’t really matter. I left off last time with the handles roughed out and rounded over from the router. Next step was finishing shaping the horns of the handle. I used a combination of this curved-tooth file that I picked up at an antique...
My new 1.5 inch flush trim router bit from Whiteside Router bits was purchased with a generous amount of glue covering it (to prevent rust, and from cutting yourself). How might I get this glue off?
I popped into the viewing for an auction of assorted paraphernalia last week and left a bid on a box of tools, as I couldn’t get back for the auction itself. A cast iron shooting plane had caught my eye in this mixed box. It’s a long way from being a Lie Nielsen or a Stanley, but it looked like one I could clean up and use. I ‘won’ the lot for GBP40 / $63 (surprise surprise, it went for my maximum bid!). However I’m happy with that even though there was a h...
Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and relax. This is a long one. Earlier this year I posted pictures of a couple of the ornaments I’ve been making almost annually as a project. You can see them here. It’s time to start focusing on this year’s ornament. I started making an ornament/window hanging each year in 1996. I’ve missed two years – both because of work related time pressures. But every other year I’ve produced an edition of about 25 whic...
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