Grab some popcorn… I made a movie!(Make sure the volume is up… it might be a little quiet) Story:I have been working really hard to tune up my bandsaw lately. I really wanted one of these:...for tensioning and detensioning the blade. But I am at the end of my budget and can’t spend another $150. I had seen pictures of a homemade version in a magazine and decided to make my own. I posted this to try to get ideas. Anyway, this is what I came up with and it works gre...
I have been reading and commenting recently about shop air filtration and the concern for it. My decision to write this was to give the LJ’s community some facts about air filtration. Let me start with my knowledge base. I started my own air filtration business after my son was diagnosed with severe asthma at the age of 18 months. He is now 20 years old. My wife (an RN) and I immersed our selves into learning as mush as we could to make his breathing easier. We attended numerous seminar...
here is a simple way to do the preliminarytaper to ball leg (the shaping and claws are up to you ) i start by clamping two square legs togetherand drilling both ( 1/2 for each)and turning them and drilling again.next i make a sled or cut out taper guidefrom the taper point .(leaving the end square for rail attachmentand to keep it from tilting in the tooling process)and against the fence on the bandsawcut to the previous half holeturn and do the other side.using the same jigi sand it on th...
-updated 2/4/2015 Good blades are analogous to good tires on a high performance car…they can ultimately determine or limit the resulting end performance. There are a number of different factors that should be considered in saw blade selection. Decent quality is essential or you’re sunk from the beginning, so skip the cheapos even if they’re a “good deal”. Two inferior saw blades that cost the same as one decent saw blade are still inferior. It’s sort of like ...
some of you may have seen this bowl by sam shakouri ,http://lumberjocks.com/projects/27141and my interpretation of it ,well here is how i did mine , it’s a little different than sams , in the method ,he will show his as he sees fit ,thats my story , and i’m sticking to it !so here is how i did it ..i start with two boards of opposite colors ,here curly maple and black walnut .cut them both identical ,and sticky tape them together .MARK A HASH MARK ON THE ENDS , AND AN ARROW TO EAC...
Updated 1/15/12 How to make an Art Box by Andy Campbell Safety Be safe! Guards, etc…may not be visible in the pictures. This is written for woodworkers of all skill levels.But, please keep in mind that this is not woodworking #101. I am writing this in a step by step manner that should be easy for a beginner to follow, but some basic understanding of tools and terminology is required.I ask that the more advanced woodworkers be patient and not be offended. I don’t wish to test your...
hey gang back again here on the shop floorthings were getting ‘wobbly’ out in the sunso i reinforced it till the TGI floor joists go on i started by stabilizing the outside beam ends with temp. bracesmaking sure they were the same distance from the end of the house.and with three blocks the same thicknessi screwed one to each inside end of the beamand stretched a nylon string over them for 60’(the wind was blowing so i did it inside where the beam shielded the string)....
since my last blogi spent some time up in colorado again working with my bud daniel on his sauna room the weather here has been on and off like for many this winterso not as fast as i would have liked itbut this monday i made the last of 19 trussesand took the ‘drawing board/truss jig’ downthen as it was cold and windy i took a nap instead at dawn today i went out bundledand raised more trusses i had to stack both ends as there just wasn’t enough room for thatthis s...
Well, as you know, of late, I have been busying myself with boxes… Please do not worry … I am still making cutting boards and Lazy Larrys…. I will post when finished… I am also making some chess boards but that is a subject of another blog… in this particular blog I would like to speak about how a different colour can change a project… not the colour of the wood or stain… but the lining… I have had a lot of comments about the Hot Pink felt of th...
Bowling Alley Workbench #6: There is more than 1 way to skin a cat - not so with bowling alley floors though - finally success
Yes. Finally some light at the end of the tunnel, reverse thinking, and this project seems a bit more doable, and even not much trouble at all. Originally I tried to get the (2.5” hardened) nails out by using a cat’s paw and a hammer to pull each nail out of the 2.5 laminated hard-rock maple strips. I figured once I get all the nails out of the top strip, it’ll just free it from the lamination, and be nails free… one strip at a time, until I have them all cleared ou...
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