About three months ago, I purchased a scrollsaw to add to my small collection of tools. Now it has become my favorite tool to use. Easy to set up, turn it on and scroll for a few minutes or hours. Also, I think I have picked up the techniques of this tool faster than any other. I have completed about five projects (some posted here) and have a list of many more I want to try. One of the greatest things I have fount is Steve Good’s blog and pattern site. Once I found that, with all th...
Wow!It has truly been one big adventure here on LJ’s. It was only because of Mike (Stefang) insistence that I joined LJ’s. And boy am I pleased that I did and he was so persistent. Initially I was mainly interested in making a box for my scrollwork to be displayed betterMy first attempt at finger joints I had done the basics back in high school but I thought all that was long gone from the old grey matter. Apparently woodworking is like riding a bike – you might be a bit rusty but yo...
There are some days when I just absolutely love my job. Yesterday was one of those days. It reminded me why I fight so hard on those not-so-good days to keep this job and keep doing what I am doing. Funny thing was, it wasn’t that much different from most days I have. I printed out some orders that have to go out in the mail today, answered some questions from customers, laid out and cut out my newest project, made a good dinner, and I even took my walk in the evening. We have ta...
It is amazing to me just how much difference the way you look at something can make. Looking at something with a different attitude and perspective can magically change something from unpleasant or distasteful to something that is fun and exciting. Physically, nothing at all has really changed. Only the way we look at it. This is an incredible power that we all have within ourselves. It costs nothing, takes none of our time and all we need to do is consciously apply it and it can make al...
Yesterday turned out to be a fine day. It felt great to be able to get back to the scroll saw and make something again. I know it was only a couple of weeks, but it seemed like ages since I had cut and getting back to it was very rewarding and relaxing. I cut out the next candle tray in the series. I still need to cut the charms out today and then I will be able to photograph it properly, but I at least took a couple of snapshots of it so I could show it here. I choose a Celtic design a...
We often read reviews of tools at the time when the tool is just released. However, this review is of a tool I have steadily used over the last 2 years and it is quite simply a joy to use. The Wixey digital angle gauge has the ability to take the woodworker’s skills to the next level because it is easy to use along with being very accurate. No longer does the woodworker have to rely on the less than accurate gauges of a table saw or a miter saw to approximate the angles to be set. One c...
A New Technique When I first designed the theater, I knew it needed something in the top arched panel. To me, the most natural thing would be the traditional comedy/tragedy masks. Although I’ve done a number of inlays in the past, it seemed like this called for something more dimensional, like a carving. Unfortunately, the last time I did any wood carving, we called it “whittling” and used it to make walking sticks and toothpicks at Boy Scout camp. I simply don’t...
RIGHT CLICK ON THE PICTURE, CLICK ON ” OPEN IN NEW TAB ” TO SEE THE FULL PICTURE.First, make leg template.Cut stockRound over one edge, 2 left, 2 right.Using table saw, make your spline cut.Cut your splines and check for fit. This is what you should end up with.Start laying out your leg build up.Make sure your build up clears the template.Glue it up.Line up the template with your stock and trace it.Cut it out on the band saw.Cut both sides on that face then tape the scrap back on ...
I accomplished quite a bit yesterday. Sometimes, when I am working on the office part of the business (correspondence, paperwork, etc.) it seems that I am treading water. I know my blogs aren’t as exciting to you all when I talk of the mundane parts of the operation of my business, but it is essential and necessary part of my job that helps me to expand and grow. I had some promising payoff yesterday that may be a very positive things for me. I almost don’t want to even mentio...
Well, I been hanging around here at Lumber Jocks for going on a year now. I have learned so much from so many, and can honestly say I owe a lot of what I know today to the sharing of knowledge here. So after attempting my latest “Exploration” into the wild world of woodworking I figured this would be a good a time as any for me to pass along a little blog on how I did my “Dreaded Inlays” ..... Long story short, I was hit up by a coworker asking me if I could build h...
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