My local Woodcraft offers a blade sharpening service. They job it out; a guy comes by every Wednesday and brings back sharp blades the following Wednesday. I had no idea how bad my blades were. They came back with plastic coating across the newly sharpened toofs. I pitched it on the ole Shopsmith and ran a piece of mahogany from the scrap bin through. Seriously, it was like a hot knife through butter. I was amazed at the cut quality. The saw made a completely different sound. Looking back the...
I had always been disappointed with my light setup at the lathe. Until recently I had a 4ft. fluorescent light with 2 T8 daylight bulbs directly above the lathe and 3 100watt equivalent low voltage bulbs mounted in clip on fixtures from HD. It was adequate but I was constantly moving the clip ons or they would just slip and need to be readjusted. Then I stumbled upon this picture I had saved on my work computer. I couldn’t remember where I had copied it from but then, while resea...
I have a project that I am working on (to be posted in about a week) where I needed to enlarge a PDF pattern file. Have never done that before so I started out the very hard way. I would copy a section of the file, paste it into MS Publisher then draw some lines the right length and try to enlarge the pasted graphic to the size. Major problems were, time it took and the print were real fuzzy (pixel enlargement). Well after cutting the first several pieces I figured there had to be a better wa...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gS5whcSTSi4&feature=youtu.be This is the first project for my students to make this year.Will post a gallery pic when I get them done .
I found this site while perusing a survival site. There is some good ancient information here. Enjoy! http://journeytoforever.org/farm_library/device/devices2.html
Good evening, everyone! I read, while standing in the magazine aisle at Safeway, an article in a recent Fine Woodworking issue about dust-proofing table saws. While I elected not to follow the author’s rather comprehensive dust-proofing method, I still thought that, on behalf of my lovely bride to be and the kids I’ll one day bounce upon my knee that I ought to improve the dust collection efficiency of my table saw. The table saw itself is a Craftex CT146, which is pretty mu...
As a young Architect about fifty years ago, a seminar speaker surprised me with the statement that ‘within limits, light can substitute for sight’. Although the principle is obvious, I’d never thought about it quite that way, and it influenced my lighting design throughout my career. Many years later when I laid out the lighting for my shop, I used that principle along with good advice from an article in “Fine Woodworking’ magazine. My rather odd shaped shop with an area of 530 square fe...
This week I decided to make a two fer project..lol… It is a 2 sided game and message board. On one side you have a checkerboard and on the other side a chalkboard. It is meant to hang on the wall so the checkerboard and checkers are magnetic. The main frame is Maple, the checkerboard is oak and aspen with the boarder being mahogany. The chalkboard is birch plywood primed and 3 coats of chalkboard paint. And it is finished with Tung oil Varnish
I am considering entering my forst craft show this fall. As I have now been scrolling about a year I think I have enought experence and patterns to do ne successfully. Here is a general plan and outline of what I have thought of so far – however add and correct as youmay wish. 1. Number of items to take – I am consiidering the following 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 60 ??? 2. Types of itmes to take – looking at a varity of items to reach all types of persons attending. 3. Pric...
I recently received a piece of curly koa I ordered in the mailUpon opening it i realized this is one of the most figured woods I had ever held in my hands.The curls and the variations in color tones was incredible. The most spectacular I have ever seen! I honestly did not want to cut into this piece.A few hours later I went out for errands and stopped at borders to get a coffee and see if there were any new woodworking magazines I didnt have. I took a walk through the woodworking book section...
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