Having thoroughly enjoyed making the Little Bess Ring Box, the smallest project I’ve ever made in boxes, I have decided to go to the other end of the scale. I’ve always hankered after a Drum Sander but could never afford the £500+ price tag. I idly tapped ‘drum sander’ into the search box and found that not only was I not alone in not being able to afford one but that there was a solution. Build you own. There are numerous ideas out there but the soundest seems to be ...
Well after a few weeks and 86 entries we have a winner for the sander giveaway. Now he person who who one this porter cable sander wrote a great story and its always nice to see what working with wood has done in other people life. Click Here to find out who won. It could be you.
I just signed up for a seminar with Marc Spagnuolo at Highland Woodworking on May 2nd. Marc started the Wood Whisper Community and podcast. I am looking forward to the seminar and meeting Marc. Anyone in the Atlanta area should stop by Highland Woodworking to sign up it should be fun.
Saturday I came in from the shop and went upstairs to see what my wife was doing. She asked if the floor had dried downstairs as she had just mopped. When I went back down I realized that I had tracked sawdust all over her freshly mopped floor. This made me start thinking about what a woodworkers spouse has to go through on a daily basis and decided to write this letter as a spoof. Hope you enjoy. Dear sweetie,I just wanted to write you this letter to tell you that I love you unconditi...
My recent battle with the cheap electric chainsaw, and subsequent redesign of my 36” crosscut saw’s handle have seen several people recommending I rive my huge logs with a simple wedge and sledgehammer system. I’d seen it done before, but had always thought the splits were messy – not an issue if I’m just making some turning blanks. I also feared that such shock-treatment of the logs would lead to microcracks and extra checking later. I’m probably just bein...
Here’s a couple of pictures of just a few from a box of tools that have just been donated to the museum where I do voluntary work. They’re mostly in cast brass. My thoughts were that they’re for decorative plaster work. Can anyone confirm? Any other ideas?Tiles are 6” to give a guide as to sizes.
Bam! I was lurking in the shadows of Craigslist and what did i see? An older gentleman selling all his woodworking equipment and moving into a smaller place. I couldn’t tell from the picture in the post what the make of the DP was but I recognized that familiar Powermatic gold paint! I emailed and the son who was listing it for his computer illiterate father sent me a huge picture of it and sure enough it was a Powermatic drill press. I arranged to go look at it, the guys place was abou...
Up until now, our friends “Down Under” have been having all the fun. Not any more. The Torque Work Centre is finally available in Lubbock, Texas. That may not excite you, but it certainly does me since I now have one of those fantastic tools. It is the first in the US, but I promise it won’t be the last. As degoose has already shared, we are a dealer for the machine. For information, send me a PM, and I’ll get back to you. I had the privilege of attending the taping...
The search for saws that make the cut I am just getting into woodworking and I am finding that the further down the rabbit hole of tool buying I go the harder it gets to decide what to spend my hard earned cash on when space and budget are top concerns. Feel free to skip my rambling. Hopefully by verbalizing my decision here I will be able to come to a reasonable conclusion (except buy a bunch of saws). I am looking for a couple of handsaws that will perform the trifecta of woodworking cut...
I’ve been lagging on getting these pics up since this past Saturday. I’ve been busy in the garage, and tonight I went to see a taping in Hollywood of an episode of a TV show that my old friend from college wrote. It’s his first written episode, and it was a good time. Anyway, Anderson Plywood is in west LA, just north of the Washington/Sepulveda intersection: It didn’t look like there was too much to see walking up from the nearby lot: However, I k...
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