I was working on a 35mm lens adapter for a short film I was working on called Two of Hearts. A romantic comedy about four poker playing friends. As I was working on the adapter, I was using a drum sander on my shop fox 16-speed bench top drill press to sand a PVC fitting. I was in a hurry because production was two days away, and I needed to get the adapter up and running as soon as possible. I was sanding pretty aggressively at high speed and had the drill press table down and was sandin...
I want to purchase a wood-burner for my husband for his birthday, but I don’t know what to get him. Right now he has two very, very cheap ones with no heat settings. (They were probably both under $10 a piece many years ago!) I don’t want to spend a fortune but I’d like it to be good enough so he could do all the fine lines, etc. that he would like to do on his carvings. He also has been reproducing photographs on box lids for the grandkids. He does a very good job wi...
I was digging through a box of woodworking magazines and books that I had stashed away for the past ten years and came across a copy of Harry J Hobbs 1935 booklet “Working With Tools.” This is a 90 page guide to building things with hand tools. To buy all of the hand tools on the list of tools he suggests for a small shop and additional tools it would have cost you $33.75. Since the average yearly wage at that time was $1,600 a year, to set up a complete shop of hand tools it would cost ...
First of all, I want to thank everyone for their input from yesterdays blog. I read all your thoughts and carefully considered everything that was said. The thing about working on my own the way I do is that sometimes it is hard to see all sides of things. I have three cats here who I consider ‘co-workers’ – although their jobs are more of the ornamental variety, and a partner who is kind of too close to the situation to give a good unbiased opinion. I guess that is why ...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #9: Big Things Coming From Small Places (My Shop)
Last night when I was just about ‘done’ with stuff at somewhere around 10pm, I was picking around this site. I noticed that many of you had maps on your home pages which showed exactly where you lived. I liked that feature very much, as it helped me learn more about each woodworker and the proximity of his or her location. Nova Scotia always sounded so exotic to me when I lived near Chicago. I pictured icebergs floating with little penguins and polar bears lounging on them an...
I have been looking at the plans you guys suggested for the thickness sander (by the way, thanks) and I have a “dumb” or “beginners” question. What keeps the wood from shooting out when you run it through? I didn’t finish college but the law of physics tell me if you put a piece of wood into something that is rotating at 1000+ RPMs, it’s going to shoot it across the room.
My dad has alway had the habit of bringing in some rather unusual tools into the shop. A few months ago he called and said wait until you see what I found. The next week I drove up to North Carolina and in the shop was a very strange looking tool….or something like that. It is a vertical belt sander made by Wysong and Miles Co. The sanding belt is less than 2” wide but is around 15’ long! The three phase motor runs great and is very sooth. The belt can does not have to...
Earlier I posted some pictures of my first shop, as I have been relatively projectless here recently, and as there was some interest, I thought I would post some more. I took a whole bunch of pictures without realizing quite how distraught my shop is looking… but my girlfriend and I looked through what I had, and came up with these six. I hope you all enjoy them. Comments/questions appreciated. (Be sure to note my new slicks [one didn’t make it in the picture…] that I recent...
Well it is the end of the month so we have a new winner. Each month we pick a winner at random to win tools,books,dvds etc. How you win is simple, just being active on the site with the question of the week, comments or e-mails and you may be the one picked at random at the end of the month. The more comments and e-mails the better your chances of free stuff. Click Here to see if you are this months winner.
Well the end of the month is half way here and I think we are getting our sponsors in line at Hising Wood Design so I thought I would announce the next round of giveaways. For any of you who recall last time we gave a way a brad new porter cable sander. Go to www.hisingwooddesign.com for details
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