DESIGN INSPIRATIONI drew inspiration on my latest project from my recent experience visiting South Africa to build something for my in-laws (originally from Cape Town, SA). I wanted to design a table and set of benches that reflected the cultural experience of the visit, as well as their own personal style and needs for utility and durability. To start, I put Google to the test for some images showing unique slab-style pieces built by other people. I came across a few that were interesting...
I tend to get excited about things and it’s in my nature to want to cover all my bases. This means I can go a little overboard sometimes. I was researching how to set up and tune my Harbor Freight jointer I got over the holidays (which I will review once I use it a little more) and came across a bunch of shim stock at Amazon. For less than $20 I got steel shim stock in .001”, .002”, .003”, .005”, .007”, and .010” thicknesses. I don’t lik...
If you don’t feel like reading through all of this, please just scroll down to “Table Top Questions”! I took a welding/metal arts class at the “Academy of Art” last semester, and was intrigued by traditional blacksmith methods. I found these in many ways very similar to woodworking techniques, and decided to make a arts and crafts like table with a hand forged steel base and a wooden top. My idea was to imitate woodworking mortise and tenon joints, as you c...
I am working on yet another piece and thought I’d share me project so far with you guys. The Magnolia ‘Salicifolia’ tree had stood in the grounds of the Inner Temple on London’s Thames for over 80 years but due to a fungus it had to come down. My original plan was to use the timber as a practice piece that I could use my new Arbortech grinder on, however whilst the guys where cutting the tree down the girl in charge of the gardens asked what I would do with the t...
For the past 14 months, I have waited patiently to see if my investment in a prestigious national woodworking show would pay off. Sure it was a lot of fun to be counted acceptable by the jury, and to attend the show, but it is hugely expensive for a small one-man operation like I run here. Not only just the cost of the booth fees, but getting things ready to take is a huge undertaking, renting a truck, fuel, hotel, food, etc. I was disappointed with the “return” on my investmen...
Yesterday, after our bonfire breakfast (6:30 AM with our family, sitting around the fire laughing, eating), Rick and I headed to Toronto to the Woodworking Machinery and Supply Expo. Over the past year Rick and I have attended quite a few woodworking shows in the region but I have to say that none of them have been like this one. First of all we had to have a special badge to enter. At the entrance door you had to show your badge AND they had to check it with a digital thingymajiggy to che...
Today, Rick and I attended the Woodstock Wood Show and had the pleasure of meeting Jim McEntee, Vice President of Steel City Tool Works.. (See Part I of the interview with Jim) At the wood show, Jim introduced me to Terry Ross, Sales Manager for the Ontario Region, and David Campagna, Sales Manager for Eastern Canada Region. After some discussion about LumberJocks and what we are up to, we talked about the new products that will soon be introduced by Steel City. (for example: the j...
This is a knife I made almost 60 years ago. _Bob, reminded me of this in his metal working blog. I told Bob I’d get a picture of it, But the knife now lives with my oldest Son down in AR. He kindly sent me some pictures. Our high school offered an General metals course, in 10th grade. The first 1/3 of the year we learned how to weld, both Gas, & Electric arc. The next 1/3 we did blacksmithing, & forging. The last 1/3 we did pattern making, & casting aluminum. This knif...
Steel City Tool Works may be the new kid on the block but don’t let that fool you – there is a lot of experience behind the name. The History It was only last year that Steel City Tool Works made their grand entrance at the woodworking show in Atlanta (the equivalent of the Vegas show held last month) and it did not take them long to be accepted as one of the big names in woodworking. Jim McEntee, Vice-President/General Manager of Steel City Tool Works, Canada, credits the fast suc...
Not a woodworking project, but interesting, I think. I made jigs for these also. One of the businesses I’m a partner in is a couple of Pizza Stores. My Brother in law (the one I made the table for) is my partner. He ordered a custom oven for a delivery truck that cost 3,000.00 When I saw it I told him I could build a nicer over than that, for less money. He told me I couldn’t build an oven. The one he bought would hold about five pizzas. It also had room for one propane tan...
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