So after purchasing my first table saw about 3 1/2 years ago (old 2hp contractor grade craftsmen) I finally purchased a table saw that I could take my woodworking skills to the next level. 3 1/2 years ago I purchased my first home with attached 2 car garage. That allowed me to finally have some room to complete some woodworking. So I purchased a old craftsmen table saw off CL for around $100. This would allow me to complete my first woodworking project for the house and that project was to co...
Sometimes you end up with a little dent and its always in the spot it will show the most. There are several ways to get rid of them, but here is the way I do it the most. I’ve actually tried sanding them flat only to end up with a bump. This is were the dented wood is still there and the finishing process caused it to raise. So its sometimes beneficial to address a dent and fix it unless you want an eyesore that you’ll see every time you look at your project. http://youtu.be/ek...
The Harbor Freight Experiment Series #1: Setting ground rules to contain my impulsiveness and inner cheapskate
As I was cleaning and (re)organizing my cramped basement tool storage, I realized that I’ve acquired over the years a large number of Harbor Freight tools and disposable items. Most of my early purchases were made as impulse buys (after all it’s only a few bucks!) or because my inner cheapskate convinced me (against reason) that I didn’t need to spend any extra money for a brand name. Seeing the stockpile made me realize that I have certainly wised up in ways of figuring o...
Here’s a photo story of how a beautiful sapele slab dining table came to be… I anxiously awaited my flawless sapele slab from a top-dollar dealer… How NOT to palletize a very expensive slab. The 60 inch by 10 foot sapele slab arrived in less than the perfect shape promised. Here it is unwrapped, beautiful, but problematic… Hmm… I would say that’s cupped and sawn pretty bad. Yikes! Not the 12/4 promised. I decided to sand this board rath...
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The VA Doctors put me on blood pressure medicine a few years ago. It has a couple of undesirable side effects. Guess what? I checked my blood pressure and it was significantly down! I wont throw the pills away just yet, but I’ll keep checking it and talk to my Quack, ah I mean Doctor. Do you think the happiness of woodworking, reduced stress, moving around more and simply having fun might be the reason my pressure is down? I’m a Happy Camper! Woodworking, the new Wonder Drug?
Mold makers often use of this technique when making castings patterns. Layers of wood are temporarily glued together in a way to be easily pulled apart after the carving or milling work is done. After a casting pattern is made, it is often separated into two or more parts for making a sand mold for casting. This is a useful trick when needing multiple identical parts in wood – say two identical halves of an item, etc. Of course you can use it for making more than two pieces too, within ...
A week ago I had to take a nap every afternoon and spent much of my day sitting on my butt reading, watching TV and surfing the net. Zero energy had become my new normal. Oh, I had a legitimate excuse, ”Well, I have cancer. What do you expect?” Then my wife bought me a miter saw and suggested woodworking. Wow! I never would have thought this would have a such a fast positive effect on my energy and mental well being! I joined LJ, got some great advice right away, and some very enc...
Most of us long time woodworkers have some experience drying our own lumber, If not look it up on a computer or ask an expert. Reason and I’ll explain, Just had a customer drop off 100 board feet of walnut to be surface planed, I don’t usually plain other peoples lumber without knowing a few things. How thick do they want it and first how long has it been since it was cut into lumber, I didn’t think to ask. Well after planning a few boards I could feel the moisture , So...
Powermatic 3520b Motor Controls Rewire I got my Powermatic a couple years ago.As I was researching its features I came across an article about removing the entire motor controller panel and putting it into a switchbox.I like that Idea much better than the factory on/off remote option. After a year and a half I finally got around to doing the job.Since a picture is worth a thousand words I decided to photo-archive the job.Also it’s easier than writing down which wire goes where.The...
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