The past couple years ive developed a passion for woodworking. its my time where i can get so focused on my projects and completely block out anything the world is throwing at me at any given time. I guess you can say the craft itself is basically my therapist, only if i were to substitute a real therapist id probably save about 10x the money that i do on tools, but they are beginning to get to the point where they are starting to pay themselves off. In my opinion where the true passion for ...
If you already have a pet, you sure by now have provided all the essentials of keeping your furbaby healthy and happy. Just like any other family member, your pet needs food and water bowls, a comfy bed and a relieving area but you know as those furballs gradually take over your heart and home, there will also be the scratch posts, play areas, and hangout places. You might be gawking at elaborate designs of pet-friendly homes where cats have their own passages to get around the house and dogs...
Ever had a spray glue nozzle glued shut? Well I have and now I guess most of you are asking why I didn’t turn the can upside down and empty the nozzle when i was finished with the glue up. Good question. Only answer that I have is that I just didn’t. End result is that I have half a can of expensive glue that wouldn’t spray out. I tried all of the usual methods that came to mind. A small wire to ream it out, compressed air, cursing and throwing a few things. End result was t...
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Accurate, clean marks are critical to any fine woodworking project. For years my marking tool arsenal consisted of a tape measure and a pencil, sometimes sharp (maybe). To mark the center of a board edge was hit or miss—mostly miss! As my quality progressed, so did my need for accurate ways to mark. How can you cut it or drill it right if you don’t start with a proper starting point. For the last few years I have been on the look-out for anything that would help achieve that. Not ...
I don’t know why this video didn’t embed properly. I did it the same way I always have, but this time I got a black square. If you know why then please let me know! At least the YouTube link works. Here is the photo, but you will have to click on the link below the black box to see the video: Photo is not the video, click on link below black box to see video. View on YouTube ANYWAY… I inlaid decorative black stars in my slab coffee table. This is one of thos...
View on YouTube I met with David Marks while he was still in the early stages of his greatest woodturning project (yet!). He showed my the specialized lathe tools he uses for very large hollow vessel turnings and some of his woodturning tricks! He also explained his amazing methods for storing, drying and stabilizing wood for his wood turning projects. The scale of this woodturning project is amazing! The blank for this turning project weighed 400 pounds! Even the tools he use...
Making use of things other people have no use for. There is a sawmill about an hour away from me. It is run by some Mennonites and they work hard making harvesting and milling logs into what we are all here for. Beautiful boards and timbers with which we use to make our projects. But there is a lot of the tree that is just not useful for sale for this purpose. What to do with the waste? Well in this instance, I heat my home with it. All the slab wood and off cuts are offered up for s...
Often some of the handiest ideas are so simple we all think—why didn’t I think of that! A while back I ordered a set of these “Quick Corners” from Woodcraft. http://www.woodcraft.com/product/124220/quick-corner-four-pack.aspx I have found them very useful several times, In the past, like most of you I was looking all over the shop for something with the right radius to mark a rounded corner. Usually it was a can of putty, or maybe a paint can or anything round. Thes...
[Below] Ever have one miter that doesn’t quite close? Here’s a trick I got from somewhere at some time. [Below] Dab some wood glue on the open miter and work it in to the joint. Wipe off any excess, but don’t use water. [Below] Go over the joint with your sander. A random orbit sander works best. The saw dust from the sanding fills the joint. Note: this won’t work on wide gaps unless you’re painting the piece.
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