With the birth of my first child last year, I had an overwhelming urge to start building things that last. I picked up a ton of shop experience in college where I was the “master” student carpenter for the theater department. “Master” in this case meaning I was the least likely to hurt myself using any of the tools. But building for a theater means lots of butt joints and staples/screws instead of actual joinery, and it meant I touched something other than plywood a...
This may not look like a woodworking post at first glance, but do read on…. I’m afraid to look back at the date of when I last posted to LJs regarding a suggestion on finish ceiling height in my basement dig out. Well, After 9 months of design/ planning/ construction, my basement is dug out & the slab is poured. A brief history of events: Our house was built in 1852 & had 5 foot ceilings & dirt floors when we bought it. It had an old boiler (70’s) that ven...
Wow what a great year 2010 was! Had a fantastic year getting involved in woodworking. As the year came to a close I discovered some absolutely amazing prices on some tools I really wanted for my shop. from late November to today I have added some very useful tools that should help me get quite a bit of sawdust made in 2011. For the most part the items came from CL and folks that were in need of some extra Christmas money. It ended up being a win win for me and them. First purchase wa...
The third in this series was supposed to be about a couple more additions to the table saw that I made last month. However, during a weekend wood-binge of trying to knock out Christmas presents, I had a bad moment. I won’t go into detail on the presents since some of the recipients like to lurk on my blogs, but I will say that I was cutting cedar on long curves. I mean, a lot of cedar. Aside from the dust clouds I was dealing with (yes, I was wearing a respirator and yes I had my ...
If you had read The Great Table Saw Debate Continues then you know I just recently purchased an old Craftsman Emerson saw. This was a major step in my home shop. The old saw literraly crapped out on me in a major way. (Could have killed me if I wasn’t careful.) Well, after a couple of weeks I have finally gotten to work a bit on tuning and doing a few cuts. I’ve worked through part of a quick project and I have to say I am not disapointed in the saw at all. That particular...
After 5 months of not woodworking i am finaly back at it. The first words my Fiance said to me were “Thank god you have your shop back. Maybey now you wont be such an ass” Aparently i was driving her crazy. 5 months ago my craftsman tablesaw broke on me. Its an extremley long story. I will just say that when sears could not fix the saw they refused to replace it. Even though i had purchased the factory extended waranty I was told that i needed 5 or more cervice calls in order for ...
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